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Bradshaw’s Guide

Oswestry to Llanidloes

Running through the stations of Llynclys, Pant, Llanymynech (the junction of a short line, via Llansaintffraid and Llanfechain, to Llanfyllin, a place celebrated for its ponies), Four Crosses, Arddleen, Pool Quay, and Buttington, to Welshpool; but, should time permit, we recommend the tourist to leave the road at Oswestry, and pass by the vale of Tanat for its beautiful scenery, Llangynog, and old cell of St, Melangel, near it, to Llanfyllin, thence by Guilsfield Church (at Garvn, close by a Roman camp and road) to

Montgomeryshire : Welshpool

A place of considerable trade, in flannels, and in malt. Population, 5,004. The Severn here becomes navigable.

Forden station.

Making for the banks of the Severn, we come to the pretty little village of Abermule, (the junction of a short, line to Kerry) situated at the junction of the rivers Mule and Severn, a little to the left of which is Castell Dolforgan, an old ruin on a hill — but surrounded by beautiful scenery. About four miles beyond is the busy little town of

Passing the station of Scafell, we next come to that of Moat Lane, the junction of the Machynlleth section of the Cambrian line.

Leaving the station westward we soon come to the small hamlet of Caersws, which has the remains of two Roman camps. The river Carno falls into the Severn at this point. We then leave the latter, and, taking a direction parallel with the former, come to the town of

Carno, remarkable for the bloody contentions which, in the earlier history of the principality, from time to time took place amongst its princes.

Llanbrynmair and Cemmes Road are respectively passed and our arrival announced at

Returning again to the station at Moat Lane, we pursue our course via Llandinam and Dolwen to Llanidloes.

On the completion of the lines of railway from Llanidloes to Llandovery and the south, the whole of central Wales, abounding in rugged defiles, in secluded glens, darksome rivers (but full of fish), the sources of the Severn and the Wye, and many a relic of our stalwart ancestors, will be opened up to the tourist.

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