Things to do

Make your holiday as relaxing or as busy as you want!

Hiking and walking

Rhayader walking paths

Rhayader has numerous walking paths to offer from gentle relaxing paths to challenging paths for the experienced climbers.

Elan Valley

Offers six magnificent Dams and a nature reserve of 2000 acres to walk and enjoy.

Brecon Beacons

The Brecon Beacons has acres of mountains, moorlands, lively waterfalls and castles.

Snowdonia National Park 

The highest mountain in Wales - Yr Wyddfa

Fishing & Nature Reserves

Gilfach Nature Reserve 

An old hill farm rich in wildlife and history. 55 Breeding birds, 6 species of bat and 413 species of lichen. 

St. Harmon, Powys, Wales, LD6 5LF.

01597 823298

Girgin Farm - Red Kite feeding station

Girgin farm is a 160 acre working farm, now famous for the Red Kite feeding centre. 

Gigrin Farm Red Kite Feeding Centre, A470, Nantmel, Rhayader, Powys, Wales, LD6 5BL.



Rhayader and Elan Valley Angling Association offer an angling paradise.

Hafod Hardware, East Street, Rhayader, Powys, Wales, LD6 5DN.

01597 810383

Elan Valley Dark Skies

The dark skies of the Elan Valley are less than three miles from Rhayader. 

Craig Goch Reservoir, Rhayader, Powys, Wales.

01597 810880

Children's activities

Waun Capel Park 

The Multi-Use Games Area is free for open access sessions. There's a charge for tennis sessions and private bookings. 

Waun Capel Park, Church Street, Rhayader, Powys, Wales, LD6 5AY.

07732 067680

Lion Royal Pony Trekking Centre

Located in the Elan Valley with different routes through the hills, valleys, rivers and woodlands. All horses are homebred. 

Lion Royal Hotel, West Street, Rhayader, Powys, Wales, LD6 5AB

01597 810121 / 07827315250

Learn Outdoors LTD

Provides Duke of Edinburgh's Award expeditions in Mid Wales.

01597 811107

Kayaking - Elan Valley

2 hour sessions are available on numerous dates throughout the summer. 

Elan Valley Lodge, Elan Valley, Rhayader, Powys, Wales, LD6 5HW.

01597 811143

Heart of Wales Riding School

Horse Riding Lessons, Trekking, Beginners and Experienced.

LD1 5TB, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, Wales, United Kingdom.

01597 851884 / 07941 755065

Zip World - Bethesda 

Prepare for a truly magical and breathtaking experience; the fastest zip line in the world! 

Bethesda, LL57 4YG

01248 601444


Mountain biking 

There are mountain biking trails firmly on the MBWales map. 

Rhayader, Elan Village, Powys, Wales, LD6 5HP.

01597 810880

Pump Track Wales

Split sprint pump track located on the western side of Rhayader. 

Pump Track Wales, Rhayader, Powys, Wales, LD6 5AH.


Rhayader Leisure Centre

Offers Health and Fitness facilities, swimming pool and conference facilities.

Rhayader Leisure Centre, St. Harmon Road, Rhayader, Powys, Wales, LD6 5DJ.

01597 810355

Carad Rhayader Museum and Gallery

Offers a creative hub which showcases the area's rich social and cultural heritage.

 CARAD Rhayader Museum and Gallery, East Street, Rhayader, Powys, Wales, LD6 5DN.

 01597 810561