Local Area and Activities

Surrounding Area

We are within 30 minutes of the market towns of Shrewsbury, Welshpool and Oswestry, around seven miles from each, and there are plenty of days out at local attractions such as historic Powis Castle and the Welshpool to Llanfair Light Steam Railway.


Sychypwll is a great spot for walking, with a footpath running along the top of the argae, and Offa’s Dyke close by. The Montgomery Canal Towpath is also close by, a conservation area in which you can enjoy the abundant wildlife and plant life. If you feel energetic, a walk up to Breidden Hill and Rodneys’ Pillar offers a challenge, from where you can enjoy magnificent views of the surrounding countryside.


Cyclists are attracted to the quiet lanes around Sychpwll and we are located very close to national cycle route 81 which connects Aberystwyth and Wolverhampton.  We have areas for cycle storage and are able to arrange cycle hire for those interested.


Llanymynech Quarry is a short drive away and there are many other climbing options for those wishing to go a little further. For larger groups we are able to arrange transport and instructors.

Eating out and nightlife

For those looking for eating out and nightlife, there are numerous country pubs offering good food and drink close by, with The Punch Bowl Inn, the only surviving pub in Llandrinio, a couple of miles away and the Royal Hill, a lovely pub by the river just a little further away.


River Vyrnwy

The Sychpwll Centre backs onto The River Vyrnwy, a 40 mile river starting from the base of the Lake Vyrnwy in Powys and running into the River Severn in Shropshire. Many of our guests dip their toes into the river to cool off and take in the beauty of the surroundings.


The River Vyrnwy is very popular with kayakers and canoeists, suited for experienced and novice paddlers alike. The upper reaches of the river has grade two and three white water sections, with much calmer grade one waters lower down the river around Sychpwll. We have canoes for our guests to use and we’re able to arrange further canoe and equipment hire for those interested. For larger groups we can organise instruction.



Wildlife is in abundance in and around Sychpwll with over 120 varieties of birds including sparrow hawks, woodpeckers, barn owls, great crested tits, swans and turtle doves. We also regularly see otters, badgers and foxes. Visitors are free to take a stroll down around the wildflower meadows and wildlife corridor, a 200 metre natural corridor separating the two and five acre meadows at Sychpwll, opening out to a space that people can sit to observe the surrounding countryside.