Things to do
Experience the great outdoors
Gilfach Nature Reserve
For centuries Gilfach was a working hill farm, now it's a spectacular nature reserve tucked away in the Marteg Valley in the heart of rural Mid Wales. With an excellent array of wildlife, way-marked trails have been designed for you to enjoy the reserve. Gilfach is a special place, well known for its pied flycatchers, dippers, redstarts and leaping salmon with the River Marteg running through. The variety of wildlife to be found here is what makes Gilfach different.
Zip World Llechwedd
A great day out for the whole family whether you're an adrenaline junky or not! For the more timid, enjoy submerging 500ft below to explore this 19th century mine learning about the hard work of the miners and the fascinating history of Llechwedd. For those looking for more of a thrill take your pick from four exhilarating experiences including Titan Two, Big Red, Caverns and Bounce below
Dolphin spotting, boat trips, costal walks and golden sandy beaches the picturesque harbour town of New Quay has it all and more. Enjoy a variety of water sports such as paddle-boarding, kayaking and windsurfing or take a leisurely amble through the cobbled streets popping into the independent boutiques before enjoying some of the local cuisine.
Devils Bridge Falls
In the heart of the Cambrian mountains lies a world famous tourist attraction. The 300ft Mynach waterfall is the main attraction which can been seen as you follow the nature trail including three bridges a one of a kind in this world. Experience also a ride of aboard one of the restored steam trains on an unforgettable 12 mile journey to Aberystwyth, through some of Wales' most spectacular scenery.
Red Kite Feeding Centre
Witness hundreds of these magnificent and graceful birds of prey as they come to feed at Girgrin Farm. The family here have been taking care of these stunning creatures for almost 30 years and in 2003 excepted its first patient and is now also a Red Kite Rehabilitation Centre.
Pump Track Wales
Pump Track Wales based in Rhayader is 400m of sheer fun and exhilaration and is the UK's biggest split sprint pump track. This is a great day out for the whole family and is suitable for beginners and experts. It's completely free and open all year round. So remember to bring your bikes, scooters, skateboards and rollerblades.
If you like cycling you're going to love cycling around Rhader and the Elan Valley, claimed to be the biking capital of the UK. It's a great way to enjoy the fantastic scenery and there are lots of options whether you like challenging tracks and hills or a gentler road cycle. We have plenty of space to store your bikes at the lodge but if you would prefer to hire some then you can contact local suppliers like Neil's Wheels.
Just 3 miles from Rhayader is the Elan Valley Estate which sprawls over 72 square miles famous for its spectacular scenery, the area is designated as an International Dark Sky Park so perfect for stargazing. Elan Valley is on the southern edge of the Cambrian Mountains in Mid Wales. Walkers and cyclists can enjoy the picturesque scenery around the reservoirs.
Rhayader is a pretty market town that dates back to the 5th century and is now scattered with boutique shops, cute cafes and traditional pubs. Described as the outdoor capital of Wales, it makes for a perfect base for the whole family to experience some fun outdoor activities surrounded by stunning scenery. Make sure you plan a visit to the Red Kite Feeding Centre where hundreds of Red Kites feed every day.