Being one of the oldest towns on the River Wye, Rhayader is an ideal base from which to explore sections of the Wye Valley Walk that run north and south from the town and for walkers of the whole route it is an excellent place to stop and stay awhile.
Things To Do
The Wye Valley Walk
The 136 Mile (218km) Wye Valley Walk starts in Chepstow and follows the River Wye northwards through Herefordshire, entering Powys at Hay-on-Wye. It continues through the market towns of Builth Wells and Rhayader, continuing towards the Hafren Forest, north of Llanidloes, where it joins the Severn Way.
Nantmel to Ysfa Walk
A fairly level 4 mile walk beginning from St Cynllo's Church at Nantmel (Grid ref: SN 034 664), past Llyn Gwyn Lake to St Mark's Church at Ysfa.
St Cynllo’s Church, Nantmel
A Georgian Church rebuilt in 1792 on an ancient site in a circular enclosure and restored in 1881. The lower part of the tower is though to be 13th C. The lytchgate is 18th C. Sundial dated 1773. It was the main church of the area for some enturies and has six bells. The list of incumbents starts in 1349. The font having been thought to be from the Cistercian Monastery, Abbey Cwm Hir, which lies to the north of the Church has been identified as being made out of a Jacobean chimney pot. The dedication of the Church is to St Cynllo circa 5th C. It is said of this saint that wherever his knelt or his horse trod the marks remained permanently in the ground. The hills behind the church contain many ancient monuments, standing stones and the site of a prehistoric village. The walk down from Camlo Hill to the Church provides some of the most stunning long distance views of the Trail.
Eglwys Sant Cynllo, Nantmel
Eglwys Sioraidd a ailadeiladwyd ym 1792 ar safle hynafol mewn tir caeedig ar ffurf cylch ac a adferwyd ym 1881. Credir bod rhan isaf y tŵr yn perthyn i’r drydedd ganrif ar ddeg. Mae porth y fynwent yn perthyn i’r ddeunawfed ganrif ac mae’r dyddiad 1773 ar y deial haul. Hon oedd prif eglwys yr ardal am rai canrifoedd ac mae ganddi chwech o glychau. Mae’r rhestr o ddeiliaid swyddi yn yr eglwys yn dechrau ym 1349. Nodwyd y bedyddfaen fel un a wnaed o gorn simnai Jacobeaidd. Cyflwynwyd yr Eglwys i Sant Cynllo tua’r 5ed ganrif. Dywedir am y sant hwn pryd bynnag y byddai’n penlinio neu lle bynnag yr oedd ei geffyl yn cerdded fod y marciau yn aros yn barhaol yn y ddaear. Mae’r mynyddoedd y tu ôl i’r eglwys yn cynnwys llawer o henebion, meini hirion a safle pentref cyn-hanesyddol. Wrth gerdded i lawr o Fryn Camlo at yr Eglwys gellir gweld rhai o’r golygfeydd pell gorau o’r Llwybr.
Rhayader Leisure Centre
The Rhayader Leisure Centre is centrally located in Rhayader and offers Health and Fitness facilities, swimming pool and conference facilities.
Fitness Suite - This state of the art facility is fully air conditioned, with 22 individual pieces of equipment including cardiovascular and resistance workouts and free weights.
The Main Hall - The main hall in the centre is a spacious 20 x 10 metres and is used for fitness classes, badminton, childrens parties, concerts, sales, discos and many other events.
Squash Courts - Two glass backed squash courts. Raquets are available for hire.
Swimming Pool - A 20m leisure swimming pool with integral jacuzzi. The Pool can be reserved for childrens parties, and activities and lessons can be booked through the centre.
Offa's Dyke Path
Built in the 8th century by King Offa as a boundary between Wales and England the dyke is now a national walking trail within easy reach of Rhayader.
Following the border between England and Wales for 182 miles (293km), the Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail passes through some of the most spectacular scenery either country has to offer. The trail largely follows the ancient Offa’s Dyke, an 8m high earth embankment built in the 8th century by King Offa as a boundary between Wales and England, and guarantees the most commanding views of the surrounding countryside.
CARAD Rhayader Museum and Gallery
Discover the stories of Rhayader and its region. Experience the rich heritage of the area through oral history, film, photographs and activities. Share your stories to leave for future generations.
Rhayader Museum and Gallery looks small and compact from the outside but, once inside, you will find a downstairs temporary Exhibition Gallery where there are a variety of exhibitions throughout the year. The building is fully accessible with a lift to the upper floor.
Upstairs in the Museum Gallery there are films to watch, and more than 50 oral histories to listen to along with a vast array of objects to look at. All of which help to tell the story of Rhayader from the early ages of man though to the current generation of people who live in and around the town.
Rhayader Museum and Gallery is run by CARAD, an independent charity. Currently, we charge an entry fee because we like to be able to use the money we raise to develop new exhibitions and projects.