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Carno, Powys
Carno is a village located alongside the A470 road between Llanbrynmair and Caersws, in Powys, Mid Wales. The village stands in the valley of the River Carno between the hills of Allt Fawr (386m) and Allt Goch (309m).
The parish church of St John the Baptist lies in the centre of Carno village, on the west bank of the river. Laura Ashley, who founded the Laura Ashley Company with her husband Bernard in Carno, is buried in the churchyard. The church itself was erected in 1867, replacing what was probably a medieval structure associated with the Knights Hospitallers and their adjacent grange of Caer Noddfa.
Caer Noddfa, the remains of a Roman Fort, stand between the churchyard and the river. Local legend makes reference to a supposed battle between two sons of Hywel Dda (Prince of Wales 942-950) in the area. One of the valleys, Cwm Nant y Penglog, is named after a stream which supposedly leads to the site of the battle as Cwm Nant y Penglog means 'Valley of the stream of the skull'.
Sitting on the edge of the Cambrian Mountain Range the landscape around Carno is crossed by a myriad of trails and rights of way. There are miles and miles of footpaths to be walked, including a trail to the source of the River Severn on the slopes of Plynlimon, or going the other direction, the Severn Way. Offa's Dyke Path is close by, along with many footpaths to explore leading to iron age hill-forts, stone circles, and ancient standing stones.
There are many paths and trails suitable for cyclists from Coed Y Brenin, near Dolgellau - for serious mountain bikers - to a flat and leisurely trek around the scenic Lake Vyrnwy.
Following all that exercise a pint and a bite to eat might be favourite and the Aleppo Merchant Inn in Carno offers quality country food and good beer either in the restaurant, bar or beer garden areas either lunchtime or evening, seven days a week.
Playing in the River Severn
For fly-fishing enthusiasts there is the 615 acre Llyn Clywedog or an intimate local pool Pant Y Gesail, just under 3 miles up the road, run by a local angler or the stretch of the Severn at Caersws just 6 miles away, all with day tickets available.
The A470 road makes many of Wales' top attractions easily reachable, including the Centre for Alternative Technology at Machynlleth, King Arthur's Labyrinth at Corris, Powys Castle and Montgomeryshire Canal at Welshpool.
This area of Wales played a prominent role in the emigration to America during the 19th and early 20th Centuries. This was part of the movement of Welsh religious independents to break away from the established Church of England. A large proportion of these emigrants settled in western Ohio, particularly in the rural farming communities of Paddy's Run (now Shandon), Gomer and Venedocia. The two most prominent emigrants were Edward Bebb and Ezekiel Hughes, who settled in Butler County, Ohio near Paddy's Run. Edward Bebb's son, William, became governor of the State of Ohio. Other settlers included John Brees from Llanwnog; Edward Jones, from Carno; Robert Richards and Abraham Jones, from Darowen; and David Owen, from Penegoes.

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