Powys is the largest county in Wales, bordered by the counties of Shropshire and Herefordshire to the east. It is a very mountainous county and driving can be difficult on occasion, particularly on smaller country roads and lanes. Having the lowest population density in Wales, its economy is principally sustained by rural businesses and tourism with the main urban areas being Newtown, Welshpool and Brecon.
In 2007, the Fairtrade Foundation awarded the county 'Fairtrade Status', meaning that the shops, workplaces, schools and councils use or stock a variety of Fairtrade goods and products.
The hilly countryside is awash with lakes, rivers, museums, castles and relics of its history all spun together in a delightful thread of things to do and see. The Offas Dyke Way, a major long distance trail, also winds its way through parts of the county for keen ramblers to enjoy.