|Location Map ( geo)|
|Llangurig • Machynlleth • Newtown • Welshpool|
|Current Highway Authorities|
|Cardiganshire • Denbighshire • Merionethshire • Radnorshire • Shropshire|
|Welsh Government Roads|
|A44 • A458 • A470 • A483 • A489|
Montgomeryshire (Sir Drefaldwyn in Welsh) is one of the traditional counties of mid-Wales. Although the county is named after Montgomery the county council was always based in Welshpool. The county council was abolished in 1974 and so Monmouthshire is now administratively part of Powys.
Geography & Economy
Montgomeryshire stretches across the whole of Wales, from the English border to the upper reaches of the Dovey Estuary. Much of the county is mountainous, although the upland areas are separated by a number of river valleys. The Dovey is the main west-flowing river whilst east-flowing rivers include the Vyrnwy, Severn and Wye. Although iron working was once practised in the county the main industry has always been agriculture. Tourism is now also important. The hills attract walkers whilst other places of interest include Lake Vyrnwy, Powis Castle in Welshpool and the Centre for Alternative Technology near Machnylleth.
Roads in Montgomeryshire are constrained by the terrain and so generally run along the river valleys. Welshpool, Newtown and Machnylleth are network centres for their part of the county. Owing to the county's position, a large amount of traffic heading from central England to west Wales has to pass through Montgomeryshire; as such the county has a number of important trunk roads, which are maintained by the North and Mid Wales Trunk Road Agent. The A458 takes traffic west of Shrewsbury whilst the A483 runs north-south along the border. Also trunk is the winding A470; heading off this are the A489 to Machnylleth and the A44 to Aberystwyth. Most of the county's non-trunk roads are maintained by Powys County Council.