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The local area guide to living in Welshpool

Set amidst the sheep-dotted greenery of the Severn Valley in Montgomeryshire, Welshpool is famously ‘where Wales begins’. This picturesque market town is located only 4 miles away from the English border, with the backdrop of Long Mountain looming behind it. The dominant industry for Welshpool has been agriculture for centuries, and remains so today. Europe’s largest one-day sheep market is held here annually.

Yet there’s more than just working farms in the area in and around Welshpool. This area of natural beauty is also well suited to outdoor recreation, and residents can enjoy easy access to fishing, walking, horseback riding, and golf. Historic sights abound as well, including the well-preserved medieval architecture of Powis Castle and Gardens. You can also see historic 16th century architecture within Welshpool proper, such as the black and white half-timber frame of the Mermaid Inn. This fits in on the traditional high street next to shops, hair salons, and takeaways.

Information about the local residents

Part of what was once Montgomeryshire County, Welshpool now sits in the Powys administrative area. Politically, it’s part of the Montgomeryshire parliament constituency. Within this constituency, 66% of residents are actively working. Many residents of the area are homeowners, with over a third owning their properties outright. Nearly 1 in 4 residents of the constituency are over the age of 65, making this a popular place to retire as well as one with numerous long-term residents.

Agriculture plays a strong role in the livelihood of many Welshpool residents. The town comes alive every year when the Smithfield Livestock Market takes place for one day of sheep-trading and live entertainment. Yet there is also a strong industrial component to Welshpool, notable in the area’s business and industrial estates. Welshpool’s economy has been agriculture-based for centuries.

Nearby schools

The Welshpool education opportunities are able to cater to families with children of all ages. At the secondary level, Welshpool High School offers education for pupils between the ages of 11 and 18. Last inspected by Estyn in 2010, at this time the school catered for 1,135 students and was rated ‘good’ overall. According to 2014 exam results, nearly 60% of pupils attained a minimum of 5 A* to C grade GCSE’s, which is higher than the national average.

There are also three schools in Welshpool for younger children. Leighton Primary has been rated ‘good’ by Estyn, and was noted in its inspection to offer students a supportive and safe atmosphere. Oldford Nursery and Infants School and Ardwyn Nursery and Infants School were rated ‘good’ as well.

Getting around

Just a few minutes away from the English border, Welshpool provides abundant transport links to destinations throughout both England and Wales. Roads running through town include the A490, A458, and A483. There’s a railway station in town, which provides services from Arriva Trains Wales. This station is positioned on the Cambrian Line, offering services on the hour to Newtown and Shrewsbury. A scenic narrow gauge steam train also departs from Raven Square. This Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway provides an excellent way to admire the countryside. Public bus services run from Welshpool to Shrewsbury, Oswestry, and Newtown, operated by Tanat Valley Coaches. The Mid Wales Airport or Welshpool Airport is also in the vicinity.

Local shops

Welshpool’s high street offers a treasure trove of independent shops to explore, housed in charming Tudor-style buildings. There are fashion boutiques, hardware stores, and outdoor gear business. You’ll find everything from the antique delights at A&H Antiques to the fair trade treats at Cracked Wheat Organics.

Stroll through this unique market town and get a sense of its traditions with the vivacious markets held twice per week in the Town Hall. When it’s time to stock the larder, visit the town’s local wine shops, fruit and veg stalls, and local fishmongers. You’ll also find famous brand names like Spar, Iceland, and Boots on offer. Most major national banks have branches in Welshpool, including both Barclays and Llloyds.

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