From walking, to cycling to pony trekking, Rhayader has it all. The mountains around Rhayader and the Elan Valley provide walks to suit all tastes. From gentle strolls around town to strenuous hill walks and woodland walks in the Elan Valley. A range of self-guided trails are available, there are also regular guided walks from the Visitor Centre throughout the summer and monthly hill walks. For those who prefer cycling there are many quiet country lanes and bridleways to choose from.

The Elan Valley Trail

  The spectacular Elan Trail runs from the town to the Elan Valley and around the four of the Elan valley reservoirs. It is safe and enjoyable trail for all visitors, for walkers, wheelchair users and babies in pushchairs as well as cyclists. It is a gentle path ideal for families and takes in the amazing scenery of the area. These impressive gates, made by Reece Ingram, mark the start of the Trail.

Take a look at our Wildlife page for more information on the various wildlife that inhabit Rhayader. Along the Trail there is also a series of specially made benches to take a rest and admire the scenery.

Fishing - The river Wye and reservoirs in the Elan Valley
Horse Riding - The vast open areas make good trekking country with little need to use the roads. Riding can be arranged from two businesses in town.

Cycling - The area is ideal for cycling, with routes for all to enjoy, from gentle rides down country lanes to strenuous trails over the mountains. Mountain navigation courses can be arranged in luxury Farmhouse accommodation like Dyffryn.


Rhayader Leisure Centre
Multi purpose sports hall, swimming pool & spa bath, squash courts, fitness room, conference/ function rooms, solariums, snooker & pool, table tennis and outdoors tennis facilities.
Open Mon - Fri 9am - 10pm
Sat 9am - 6pm
Sun 10am -8pm
Pool Opening times and information of forthcoming events call 01597 811013 / 810355

Gigrin Red Kite Centre and Farm Trail
Further details Tel: 01597 810243
Kite feeding 2pm GMT, Daily

Clive Powell Cycles Cycles can be hired from town

Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Further details Tel: 01597 810880 / 810898
Open 7 days a week from mid March to end of November, 10 am to 5.30pm, 3 miles south-west of Rhayader.

Gilfach Nature Reserve and Longhouse
For details, events and group visits Tel: 01597 870301
(location 2 miles north of Rhayader)
Reserve open all year - admission free Centre open: summer Season Mon to Fri

Welsh Royal Crystal
The Welsh Masters of Fire and Glass
Welsh Royal Crystal Gift Shop, open seven days a week. Tel 01597 811005

Rhayader Motorcycle and light car club
Organisers of Off-Road motorcycle events including Trials, Motocross, Hare 'n Hounds and Enduro's. Events held during most seasons of the year. The club also organise the biggest Mid-week Motocross Series in the UK during the summer months at their Cwmythig Hill circuit.
Rhayader Walkers
Visit the Rhayader Walkers HomepageOrganise local walks throughout the year, during weekdays and weekends. The Tourist Information Centre has a timetable of walks, or for further information Tel: 01597 810405

Elan Valley Events
01597 810898/810880 - For information on events and walks etc.

Radnorshire Society
For events information 01547 560318

Elan Valley Lodge

  • Team Development Programmes
  • Activity Weekends offering climbing, abseiling, Canoeing, Orienteering, Hill walking and raft building
  • Hill Walking and Bird watching Weekends

    The Lodge can also accommodate organisations, clubs and friend/ family groups for Bird Watching, Fishing, Rambling, Walking, Mountain Biking and Multi-activity Breaks.

    Abbeycwmhir Heritage Trust
    For events information 01597 851276

    Rhayader Angling Association
    Fishing Permits available from R.M. Powell, Newsagents, West & North Street. Tel 01597 810451

    Rhayader Museum
    East Street, Rhayader
    Open Easter and Whitsun - Sat 10am-12 noon, 2pm-5pm
    Whitsun to Mid July - Friday 2pm-5pm, Sat 10am-12 noon, 2pm-5pm
    Mid July to End Sept - Mon, Wed, Fri 2pm-5pm, Sat 10am-12 noon, 2pm-5pm.


    Raptor Rambles Organised walks watching birds of Prey in the Wye and Elan Valley

    Mountain Biking Weekends Clive Powell cycling breaks in the Elan valley and Wye Valley

    Leisure Centre Come visit our local leisure centre fun for all the family.

    Elan Valley Enjoy the stunning beauty of the elan valley.

    Elan Valley Events Events to enjoy in Elan Valley.

    Red Kite feeding Watch wild Red Kites being fed at Gigrin Farm

    Rhayader Festival Enjoy the atmosphere and events of this week long festival

    Dam Open Days An opportunity to walk through one of the dams at the Elan Valley

    National Bog Day Discover the variety of plant and animal life in the bogs of the Elan Valley

    Land rover safari Bird watching tours around the Elan Valley

    Motocross Evening events and championship races

    Theatre & the Arts The community of Rhayader and district hosts an annual Pantomime.