Things to do outdoors
Spoilt for choice, there are many lovely walks around Rhayader and further afield in the Cambrian Mountains.
The Elan Valley Walking and Cycling Trail begins in Rhayader and takes you to the Elan Valley and its lakes. There are many walks around Rhayader - including a town trail - and information with descriptions and maps can be downloaded from www.leapingstiles.co.uk Regular organized walks found on Rhayader's website under 'Events' or in the newsletter in the Bunkhouse and Farmhouse.
The Wye Valley Walk is a perfect mix of hill and river walking. The stretch from Rhayader to Builth Wells and then onto Hay on Wye runs alongside the Wye , Can be picked up in /Rhayader or Llanwrthwl.
Glyndwr’s Way begins at Knighton and meanders through open moorland, rolling farmland, woodland and forest of Mid Wales. The stretch between Knighton, Llangunllo and Llanbadarn Fynydd is easily accessible and travels over Beacon Hill before dropping down to the River Ithon at Llanbadarn.
Walking World A website for suggested walks in an area and you can download maps. www.walkingworld.com
The Monks Trod footpath.
Elan Valley Visitor Centre - Open all year the rangers offer both a wealth of local knowledge on the area, wildlife and Flora and Fauna as well as creating and running activities. www.elanvalley.org.uk 01597 810880
Parks - There are 2 parks by the river Wye in Rhayader where children can play and paddle
Cycling – We are on Three National Cycle Network Trails here at Beili Neuadd including the N8, N80, The Radnorshire Ring and also the Trans Cambrian Route. Bikes can be stored in our Barn. A hose for hosing bikes is also provided. Bikes can be hired from Clive Powell Bikes in the town and they also run Muddy Weekends as well as the Hill Race from Rhayader.
Fishing - There is a thriving Angling Association in Rhayader. There is fishing on the rivers Wye, Elan and Marteg and fly fishing on the Elan Valley Lakes. Llyngwyn Lake provides trout fishing and is just a mile away. Permits are available from Powell's Newsagents in Rhayader or at Llyngwyn Lake. www.rhayaderangling.co.uk Tel 01597 810383
FUNGHI FORAGING Spend a lovely day/weekend on a wild mushroom forays and learn all there is to know from local Fungi expert Daniel Butler. www.funghiforays.co.uk
Shooting - The Mid Wales Shooting Centre is one of the premier clay target facilities in the UK. It caters for the novice and expert shooter, providing a range of shooting facilities which include Trap and Skeet layouts and 18 Sporting Stands. www.midwalesshootingcentre.com
Birdwatching - The bird life here at Beili Neuadd is fantastic. We have a resident Tawny Owl amongst the 60 species of birds we have identified here including the now rare Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Tree Creepers, Red Starts, Gold Crests and many more. There are also several reserves in the area.
Red Kite Centre at Gigrin Farm near Rhayader where kite and other hawks are fed daily. Hire a hide. www.redkitecentre.co.uk Tel 01597 810243
Gilfach, Owned by Radnorshire wildlife, a haven for all manner of birds, salmon leaping. Otters and lovely walks.
Radnorshire Wildlife has a website with events and courses.
Natural Mid Wales www.naturalmidwales.co.uk
Wye Lavender Farm - Set on a hillside just outside Rhayader is Wye Lavender Farm. Harvesting is from May to September. Tea Room and Lavender Shop. www.wyelavendar.co.uk Tel 01597 810627
Underhill Riding Stables in Dolau (10 miles) www.underhillridingstables.co.uk 01597 851850
Llandrindod Wells boasts a superb 18 hole course originally designed by open champion Harry Vardon and subsequently altered by James Braid. Sitting above Llandindrod Wells, it affords spectacular views . There is an open week Festival of Golf in the first week of June. Visitors welcome. www.lwgc.co.uk Tel 01597 822010
Builth Wells Golf Course A lovely course. Visitors welcome www.builthwellsgolfclub.co.uk Tel 01982 553296
The River Wye can be accessed from Rhayader at Marteg Bridge and the Riverside Walk in Rhayader also at the junction of the A470 and Llanwrthwl is a designated canoe access point. www.wyeuskfoundation.org/navigation
It’s easy to visit the seaside for the day whilst staying here. Only 32 miles from Rhayader, Aberystwyth is the nearest seaside town. However, the beaches at Aberdovey and Ynyslas, near Borth, are lovely for walking or making sandcastles.
Take a tour off road in a Cambrian Safari Landover. Tours tailored to you, either meet at Devils Bridge or be picked collected by the here at Beili Neuadd. www.cambriansafaris.co.uk
Brown trout fishing is available on the Elan Valley Reservoirs and the rivers Wye, Elan and Marteg,
Rainbow trout fishing at Llyngwyn. Permits available from Powell’s Newsagent, Rhayader and Hafod Hardware Rhayader. All controlled by Rhayader and Elan Valley Angling Association. www.rhayaderangling.co.uk Tel: 01597 810383.
Llyn Clywedog Reservoir with stunning scenery. Regularly stocked. Permits available (Bank and Boat) from Woosnam & Davies (Newsagents), 40-41 Longbridge Street, Llanidloes. Controlled by:Llanidloes & District Angling Association.
Spring Rock Fishery, Llandegley. The lake is roughly 2.5 acres. It is stocked with carp up to 24lb consisting of mirrors, commons, crucians, ghosts and koi. www.springrockfishery.co.uk 07970 092160
Phil Price's Rally School Llangunllo. The rally stages were specifically designed by Phil and used by club men and top world rally teams for pre-event practice and testing. The School offers a day’s course in Rally driving for complete beginners.
www.philprice.co.uk 01547 55030