Hit the smallest town in Britain and enjoy its quirky contests!  March 7th, 2019


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Though small, the community of Llanwrtyd Wells is known for its big personality and unquestionable peculiarity. Set in mid-Powys, the town claims to be the smallest in Britain with a population of approximately 850 however there are smaller hamlets like Fordwich in Kent. What sets Llanwrtyd Wells apart from similar villages are the big ideas and bizarre sporting events that take place each year.


The town may have launched as a market town within the region. Market towns were sites that consistently arranged markets and were consequently presented with town status. This helped the township to establish market regulations and establish a committee to direct operations. Later on,  the town gained a standing as a spa town owing to the discovery of mineral waters however health tourism declined following the Victorian era. Sheep farming was an inadequate means of living and the locals banded together to determine a new attraction! Bog snorkelling was born and in 1985, the first World Bog Snorkelling Championships were held in Llanwrtyd.


While that may sound absolutely entertaining, you’re probably wondering why we’re drawn to such a modest town. Here’s why!


Hike, bike and walk!


The town rests amid the Cambrian Mountains and the Brecon Beacons National Park, is one of the darkest places in Britain and a certified International Dark Skies Park plus you’re in 25-mile proximity to the Elan Valley Estate. The town is considered a mecca for walkers, pony trekker, cyclist, hikers and amateur astronomers!


Views, wildlife and history!


Explore the region surrounding the community of Llanwrtyd and you’ll stumble across ancient standing stones, once bustling Roman roads, petite chapels, teeny churches, captivating scenery and an abundance of wildlife including rare red squirrels!


Nourishing ambience and delightful edibles!


You’ll enjoy the town’s warm, old-world allure enclosed by impressive mountain vistas. Llanwrtyd contains a surprisingly large array of eateries ranging from the Michelin Guide recommended Carlton Riverside restaurant to cosy pubs like the Neuadd Arms which contains a microbrewery and the pubs’ landlord dreamt up the Man vs. Horse Marathon!


I’m interested in quirky events!


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So are we!  The Alternative Games are held from the 11-27 of August and comprises of 67 events ranging from gravy-wrestling to wife carrying. Open to anyone over the age of 16, the events contain child-friendly activities like egg throwing! The most famed of these mad events is perhaps bog snorkelling and Man vs. Horse Marathon! Scheduled for the 25th of August 2019, The World Bog Snorkelling Championship has progressed from a local event to a global championship attracting competitors from across the globe and comprises of international, senior, junior, and women’s classes. The Whole Earth Man vs. Horse Marathon was the whacky idea of a landlord who listened in on the conversation of two customers. One gentleman suggested that man was an equivalent competitor to a horse when covering a sizeable distance across the countryside and Landlord Gordon Green promptly decided that the challenge should be investigated and established the first public event in 1980! The prize for beating a horse in 2019 is presently £3,000 however it’s been eleven years since a man or woman has won!


How do I pronounce Llanwrtyd Wells?


The opening Welsh Ll sounds very much like “chy” while the letter W sounds similar to the letter U so you’ll enunciate it as Chyan’-urr-ted!


If we’ve captured your interest, make use of Camperbugs extensive motorhome and campervan hire options for your visit to Llanwrtyd Wells! Take a look at our Powys campervan hire where you’ll find beautiful, functional vans like Wilder!


Wilder is a smashing T5, equipped for wild camping! He’ll comfortably sleep 2-3 passengers and comes fitted with valuable features like a pull-out awning, a solar panel to power the lights and fridge, a gas hob plus a solar shower for the roof.  Speak to Wilder’s owners for reservations and the pick-up location!










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