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.
Walking & Cycling
Offa's Dyke Path
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.
Rhayader Town Trail
Beginning from the Smithfield Market this walk will take about an hour at a leisurely pace allowing for time to stop and look. It is all accessible for wheel chairs and push chairs although there is a steep 50m climb in Waun Capel Parc.
Print off your copy of the Town Trail and map and learn about Rhayader’s past qnd appreciate its architecture.
Waun Capel Park Wildlife Walk
A circular walk from car park at the end of the Gasworks Lane off Bridge Street. where there are picnic benches by the river. The walk makes a circuit of Waun Capel Park and the castle mound, a distance of just over one mile / 2 kilometres that takes about an hour to enjoy. Parts of the walk suitable for push chairs are marked on the map.
Rhayader has a wonderful variety of wild plants and animals living among its buildings, parks and gardens. The fast flowing, boulder strewn River Wye passes right through the town forming a very important natural corridor along which wildlife travels, enriching the town for enjoyment of everyone.
St Harmon to Nantmel Walk
This 9 mile walk beginning from St Harmon Church (Grid Ref: SN 989 728), follows tarmac lanes and farm tracks giving panoramic views from Camlo Hill before reaching St Cynllo's Church at Nantmel.
St Harmon Church
St Harmon Church was rebuilt in 1821on an ancient circular site and restored in 1904. The diarist, Revd Francis Kilvert was curate here 1876 to 1877 and wrote rather unflattering remarks about the poor state of the building. The church is dedicated to St Garmon of Auxerre who is believed to have established a monastery on the site in around 500 AD. He and his monks are said to have spent 40 days praying for relief from the sins of Vortigern, the Romano British king who was responsible for inviting the Saxons into Britain to aid him against the Angles and Picts. The retaining walls of the churchyard are of great antiquity. There are both Roman and Bronze age roads in the vicinity as well as many ancient monuments.
Eglwys Sant Garmon
Ailadeiladwyd Eglwys Sant Harmon ym 1821 ar safle cylchol hynafol ac fe’i hadferwyd ym 1904. Roedd y dyddiadurwr, y Parch. Francis Kilvert, yn gurad yma o 1876 i 1877 ac ysgrifennodd sylwadau braidd yn gas am gyflwr gwael yr adeilad. Cyflwynir yr eglwys i Sant Garmon o Auxerre y credir oedd wedi sefydlu mynachlog ar y safle oddeutu 500 OC. Dywedir ei fod ef a’i fynaich wedi treulio 40 diwrnod yn gweddïo am ryddhad o bechodau Gwrtheyrn, y brenin Brythonig-Rufeinig a oedd yn gyfrifol am wahodd y Sacsoniaid i Brydain i’w gynorthwyo ef yn erbyn yr Eingl a’r Pictiaid. Mae muriau cynnal y fynwent yn hen iawn. Mae ffyrdd o’r oes Rufeinig ac o’r oes Efydd yn yr ardal yn ogystal â llawer o henebion.
Elan Valley Trail - Sustrans Cycle Route 81
The Elan Valley trail is a glorius accessible, route forming 9 traffic free miles of National Route 81 which connects Aberystwyth and Wolverhampton via Shrewsbury and Telford. This section of the route is truly stunning as you cycle on the old railway line which helped to create the Elan Valley dams and reservoirs.
Following the line of the old Birmingham Corporation Railway for most of the way, the Elan Valley Trail offers families, novice cyclists and committed enthusiasts the opportunity to experience this beautiful part of the country at its best whilst staying healthy and helping the environment.
The trail starts from the pretty community of Cwmdeuddwr on the western side of Rhayader. Parking is available locally and Rhayader contains a number of cafes, shops, pubs, a bike shop and toilets. The linear Elan Valley Trail can be ridden in either direction but most people head west from the town towards the valley.
After leaving Cwmdeuddwr the route climbs over the impressive Rhayader Tunnel, a Radnorshire Wildlife Trust Reserve that is home to many bat species. Approximately half a mile later the route crosses a road, it's at this junction where Lon Las Cymru splits off and the Elan Valley Trail continues straight along the path.
At the next junction you can either continue along the trail up to the spectacular dams and reservoirs, or drop down to the Elan Valley Visitor Centre where you can stop off for refreshments at the cafe, delve into the history of the area and visit the tourist information centre.
The trail climbs steadily from the northern end of Garreg Ddu Reservoir, providing stunning views of the surrounding valleys and the four reservoirs that feed Birmingham's water supply, and continues up to the finish at Craig Goch Dam where toilets are available. A large part of the trail has a tarmac surface, so it is also suitable for less able users, but the northern end is not surfaced.
9 mile traffic free section of the Lon Cambria National Cycle Route 81. National Route 81 connects Aberystwyth and Wolverhampton via Shrewsbury and Telford.