The busy and historic market town of Rhayader or Rhaeadr Gwy which is Welsh for 'waterfall on the Wye' is surrounded on all sides by the finest scenery.

Rhayader town dates back to the 5th century, although there is evidence of earlier Bronze age and Roman settlements.

In 1178 a castle was built by Prince Rhys Gryffd to resist the Normans and Flemish. It was put under siege and destroyed by fire in 1231 as a result of attacks from soldiers from North Wales. Today only the mound remains, overlooking the river Wye.

In the 18th and 19th century, sheep and cattle drovers traversed the Cambrian mountains destined for English market towns of Banbury, Hereford and London. Also passing through Aberystwyth was the famous coach road from Aberystwyth to London.

In 1840 the tollgates were attacked by men dressed as women - the Rebecca Riots - a protest against the high tolls imposed by the absentee English Landlords.






Dramatic wooded valleys with swift mountain streams and waterfalls give way to heather topped hills and open moorland; ancient oak woods rich in bird and wildlife, and the magnificent dams and reservoirs of the Elan and Claerwen valleys, draining into the beautiful river Wye where salmon, trout and otter can be seen.


Red kite feeding station.. Red Kites abound in the skies above, and you can see these wondrous birds close up during daily feedings at Gigrin farm.

The variety of the countryside makes Rhayader an ideal centre to explore by bike. It offers a range of accommodation from a caravan and campsite, inexpensive bed and breakfasts and self-catering cottage to Country House Hotels. The town's numerous friendly pubs, cafes and restaurants provide plenty of good food and drink