is known in Welsh as Sir Faesyfed and is an inland County, bounded N. by Montgomeryshire
, E. by Herefordshire
, S. and SW. by Brecknockshire
and W. by Cardiganshire
. Areas 301,164 acres. Population 23,000. In the E. and S. are some comparatively level tracts, including the Vale of Radnor, but most of the County is mountainous, with the Cambrian Mountains running through the W. of the County. The highest point is at Radnor Forest (2,166 ft). The Elan Valley contains several huge man-made reservoirs supplying water to Birmingham
. The main rivers are the Wye, the Elan and the Ithon. The chief towns are Knighton, Llandrindod Wells, Llanelwedd, New Radnor, Presteigne and Rhayader. The main industries are tourism and hill farming.
Places of special interest: Abbey Cwmhir (SO0571); Beguildy Tumuli (SO1776); Broadheath House, Presteigne (SO3363); Elan Valley Vistor's Centre (SN9264); Offa's Dyke (SO2763, SO2872); The Rock Park, Llandrindod Wells (SO0560).