Places of Interest - Rhayader, Mid-Wales
For more information on Rhayader and places that might interest you please visit the local town website www.rhayader.co.uk.

Rhayader - which is the oldest town in Mid-Wales, dating back to the 5th century, is situated in the very centre of Wales. Midway both between the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia, and Aberystwyth and Hereford, Rhayader, which is on the edge of the Elan Valley and surrounded by the Cambrian Mountains, is an excellent centre for a holiday. The many interests which can be enjoyed in the area include: bird-watching, pony trekking, walking, fishing, natural history, and archaeology. In addition to many other things, there are famous caves, narrow gauge railways, gardens, museums, a glass factory, and the theatre to visit. Also, mainly in the summer, there are Festivals - e.g. Literature, Music. Or if you are interested in alternative technology there is a Centre for you to visit at Machynlleth. 

 
Bird Watching, Fishing and Rhayader

Spring Rock Fishery Just 4 miles from Crossgates and 7 miles from Valley View is a great place to relax and unwind in a beautiful tranquil setting and try your fishing skills to catch some perfect Carp specimens visit Andrews website @ www.springrockfishery.co.uk

On the edge of Rhayader is Gigrin Farm, a working farm, which was Wales' first official Red Kite Feeding Centre. At 2pm in the winter, 3pm in the summer, Red Kites gather to be fed, together with Goshawks, Ravens and Buzzards. At another feeding station on the farm smaller birds are fed and the visitors can see Yellow Hammers, Redstarts, Brambling, and Siskin.

River Wye - Rhayader and Fishing - The name Rhayader is derived from “Rhaeadr Gwy” - Waterfall on the Wye. The original waterfall was blown up in 1780 to make way for the bridge so now only the remains can be seen. Rhayader is the first town on the river Wye, which rises 20 miles away from its source on the Plynlimon range of the Cambrian Mountains, and the Wye is one of Wales' most famous trout and salmon river, the other being the Usk. The Rhayader and Elan Valley Angling Association, which controls reasonably priced permits available from the local newsagent, offer fly fishing for rainbow and brown trout and angling for carp. Also, for the coarse angler there is native chub, perch roach and pike in beautiful waters of the surrounding countryside, including the spring-fed lake called Llyngwyn, “White Lake”. This lake was originally stocked with carp from central Europe in the 12th century by Cistercian monks from the nearby Abbey-Cwm-Hir. For the fisherman, the main attraction in the waters of the area, where the Welsh International Bank Fly Fishing championships is held each year, is the salmon, native brown trout and grayling.

 
Nature
The Gilfach Nature Reserve - which has a wide variety of habitats, is on the Cambrian Mountains, situated where the Marteg River meets the River Wye. The enclosed meadow, high moorland, woodland and rocky upland rivers of the Reserve support an abundance of animals and birds. The Cambrian Mountains area encompasses Plynlimon, which is the highest mountain in Mid Wales at 2468ft., and the huge upland area known as Elenydd. It includes the headwaters of many of the great rivers of Wales; Severn, Wye, Rheidol, Ystwyth, Elan, Teifi, Tywi, and Irfon. 
The Elan Valley Estate - which is owned by Dwr Cymru Welsh Water and mostly vested in the Elan Valley Trust, a charity, is 70 square miles of moorland, river, bog, woodland and reservoir. The Estate, situated within the Cambrian Mountains, is mostly covered by 12 separate Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
 
The Claerwen National Nature Reserve, on The Elan Valley Estate, is where species such as bog rosemary, cotton grasses and bog mosses are conserved and scarce birds such as the golden plover and dunlin feed and breed. 
The Elan Valley Visitor Centre - provides moonlit mammal safaris, badger watches and bug hunts. 
The National Showcaves Centre for Wales, in the Brecon Beacons, is “one of the principality’s top visitor attractions”. They include the “Dan-yr-Ogof Cave“, found in 1912 by 2 brothers who were local farmers;“the Cathedral Cave”, discovered in 1953, where a lake is fed by 2 cascading waterfalls; and ”the Bone Cave”, so-called because over 42 human skeletons were found there, many dating back to the Bronze Age. There is also a replica Iron Age Farm; a Shire Horse Centre, a Victorian Farm, and the award winning “Dinosaur Park” is one of the largest in the world.

 
Misc Places of Interest
www.owlcentre.com
Small breeds Farm and Owl Centre is well worth a visit , Plenty to see and learn about for the whole family.


Welsh Royal Crystal - which is based in Rhayader, is Wales’ only commercial maker of handmade Welsh Crystal. Visitors can see demonstrations glass blowing, cutting, decorating and polishing.

Theatre - Theatr Hafren, Newtown, Powys. Opera - Mid Wales Opera has established itself as one of the foremost British touring opera companies. 

Library - The National Library of Wales at Aberystwyth is one of the great libraries of the world and, throughout the year, features a wide collection of works and exhibitions about Wales. 

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