Traveling Through the Town of Machynlleth, Powys

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Traveling through the town of Machynlleth, Powys, Wales reveals how central it once was in the history of the country. Though small, with a population of about twenty-two hundred citizens, it makes up for its size with it’s attractiveness. The town itself lies in the Dyfi Valley, which takes its own name from the Dyfi River. That waterway is known for having much in the way of freshwater salmon and trout.

Machynlleth benefits from an intersection of two major roads that lie within the town’s boundaries (the A487 and the A489). It is also known in Wales by its shortened name, “Mach.” The history of this municipality is long, with evidence of humans living in the area going back nearly three-thousand or so years. It was also here where the Welsh patriot Owain Glyndwr formed his parliament, in 1404.

There is reference made to Machynlleth as a town in a charter from 1291, granted by Edward the First, the English ruler. The document itself gave the town a right to hold weekly markets and two fairs in perpetuity. During the civil war in England, Machynlleth was caught in one battle in the area which took place in 1644. A great many buildings ended up burnt to the ground.

Nowadays, the town depends for the most part on tourist activities within and near its boundaries. Mountain bikers find the place of much interest due to the several technical trails nearby. Additionally, there are also other attractions and tourist-centric programs and activities offered. The market, which is held on Wednesdays, also attracts seminars and performances from the Welsh museum of modern art.

Powys, Wales – which is a preserved county – enjoys a population of nearly one-hundred and thirty-two thousand residents. It is a very large region, being the largest such government principal area in the country. For the most part, the county’s residents live in smaller towns or villages, giving Powys a rural charm and beauty. Both the town and the county are emblematic of the beauty and scenic attractiveness of Wales.