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Sir Faesyfed
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Primary Destinations
Llandrindod Wells • Rhayader
Current Highway Authorities
Brecknockshire • Cardiganshire • Herefordshire • Montgomeryshire • Shropshire
Welsh Government Roads
A470 • A483

Radnorshire (Sir Faesyfed in Welsh) is one of the traditional counties of mid-Wales. The county council was abolished in 1974 and it is administered today as part of the Welsh principal area of Powys. The county is named after Old Radnor, which was replaced as administrative centre by New Radnor, Presteigne and Llandrindod Wells in turn.

Geography & Economy

The A483 in the hills

Radnorshire is one of Wales's smaller counties and one of the least-populated counties in the UK. The county is largely upland with the occasional river valley, most importantly that of the River Wye, which forms the county's southern boundary. The Cambrian Mountains in the west and Radnor Forest in the east have no centres of population. The county's traditional industry is agriculture but tourism is now an important part of the economy. The Elan Valley Reservoirs, west of Rhayader, provide drinking water to the Birmingham area but are themselves a tourist attraction. The county's largest settlement, Llandrindod Wells, is a spa town and also the location for the election of the Archbishop of Wales. The Royal Welsh Show takes place annually at the showground in the south of the county, just over the River Wye from the Brecknockshire town of Builth Wells.


The new A470 crosses the old just outside Cwmbach Llechrhyd

Radnorshire's roads are limited by terrain and lack of population. Certainly there is no place that can be described as the focus for the county's roads. Radnorshire's only two trunk roads are the A470 along the Wye Valley and A483 along the valley of the River Ithon; the two meet by the Royal Welsh Showground. These roads are maintained by the North and Mid Wales Trunk Road Agent. The A44, which runs east-west along the centre of the county is the main non-trunk road, whilst the A438 skirts the southeastern edge of the county. Most non-trunk roads are maintained by Powys County Council.

Route From To Length


A44 Oxford Aberystwyth 155 miles View
A438 Ashchurch Pont-y-bat 60.6 miles View
A470 Cardiff Llandudno 185.1 miles View
A481 Llanelwedd Radnor Forest 9.9 miles View
A483 Earlswood Chester 153.6 miles View
A488 Shrewsbury Penybont 49.5 miles View
A4081 Dôl-y-fan Llandrindod Wells 4.6 miles View
A4082 Llanyre Bridge Llandrindod Wells 1.1 miles View
A4113 Bromfield Knighton 14.0 miles View
A4153 Glasbury Whitney on Wye (W) 8.0 miles View   
B4350 Llyswen Whitney on Wye 11.5 miles View
B4351 Clyro Hay on Wye 1.2 miles View
B4355 Dolfor Kington 31.3 miles View
B4356 Llanbister Presteigne 16.7 miles View
B4356 Presteigne Walton 5.0 miles View
B4357 Walton Rhos-y-Meirch 6.8 miles View
B4358 Beulah Bwlch-y-rhiw, near Llanyre 10.5 miles View
B4359 Presteigne Knighton 6.0 miles View
B4362 Walton Woofferton 20.2 miles View
B4366 Bromfield Knighton 13.9 miles View
B4372 New Radnor Beggar's Bush 4.2 miles View
B4518 Llanbrynmair Elan Village 30.5 miles View
B4564 Hendreforgan Gilfach Goch 2.7 miles View
B4567 Llanfaredd(N) Erwood Bridge 5.8 miles View
B4594 Erwood Burlingjobb 15.8 miles View     
T18 Swansea Manchester View
T75 Cardiff Llangurig View


Primary Route
Non Primary Route
Former Motorway
Defunct Route
E Road
Future Motorway
Future Primary
Future Non Primary
Historical Route
Tourist Route
Roman Road
Unbuilt Motorway
Unbuilt Primary
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National Cycle Network
Cycle Route
Eurovelo Cycle Route


Main Article: Junctions in Radnorshire

Bridges, Tunnels, and other Crossings

Main Article: Crossings in Radnorshire

A44 • A438 • A470 • A481 • A483 • A488 • A4081 • A4082 (Llandrindod Wells) • A4113 • A4153 • B4350 • B4351 • B4355 • B4356 • B4356 (Presteigne - Walton) • B4357 • B4358 • B4359 (Radnorshire) • B4362 • B4366 (Bromfield - Knighton) • B4372 • B4518 • B4564 • B4567 • B4594 • Ffordd Cambria • NCN8 • T18 (Britain) • T75 (Britain)
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The new A470 crosses the old! - Geograph - 3000935.jpgKeep crossing clear, Dolau (C) Jaggery - Geograph - 3667196.jpgLevel Crossing - Brookland Road (C) Betty Longbottom - Geograph - 3459238.jpgA bend in the A483.jpgArchilede iGuzzini ENEL Sole LED.jpg
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