Rhayader town is a real hidden gem. A bustling market town where you will find lovely local independent shops, cafes and pubs including a traditional hardware store – a real treat and a blast from the past.
Rhayader is close to Builth Wells, home to the Royal Welsh Show and Show Ground, a perfect distance to be able to easily attend one of the many annual shows and still be able to retreat to the stunning Mid Wales countryside.
The West Coast of Wales and Cardigan Bay, with the Victorian seaside town of Aberystwyth. Here you will find the funicular railway, pier and if you are lucky you will witness the starling murmurations! How about a trip to Devils Bridge on the steam train or travel by car and make the most of the Rheidol Gorge and visit the picturesque landscape of the Hafod Estate!
Visit Borth, a seaside village that links onto Ynys Las, where you can visit the nearby nature reserve and maybe you will see the petrified sunken forest in the sands! Ynys Las is a real treat for all the bird lovers, as it is an RSPB Reserve, and nearby there is the Dovey Osprey Project near Machynlleth – which is less than an hour’s drive away from Rhayader!
Machynlleth is on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park, and also in the opposite direction is the Brecon Beacons National Park, opening up the chance to explore and enjoy the fantastic mountains walks and climbs of Cadair Idris and Pen Y Fan.
Take a trip to the incredible National Trusts Powis Castle in Welshpool, a medieval castle rising above the Italianate terraced gardens and imposing yew hedges, be careful you can lose a day here.
Visit the magnificent Victorian Dams of the Elan Valley, a network of 6 stunning dams and a nature reserve of 2000 acres! This opens up fabulous countryside for exploring. Enjoy the flat sweeping paths alongside Caban Coch Dam or head off for a more strenuous mountainous walk. The perfect location to spend the day exploring the great outdoors or just sit and marvel at the structures – especially if the water is flowing fast!
The Cambrian Mountains and the Wye Valley offer completely different experiences and landscapes. The area boasts a dark sky status, perfect for stargazing on a romantic evening.
Why not take some time to visit the local kite feeding stations at Gigrin Farm in Rhayader? Watching the majestic Red Kites circle and feed in large numbers is truly breath-taking and it’s worth taking time to sit back and simply gaze at the national bird of Wales.
Take a trip to Gilfach Nature Reserve, where you will find over 400 acres of open moorland, flower rich grassland and oak woodland, offering a circular nature trail and a great place to enjoy a picnic at one of the spots and simply relax and let the world go by.