Situated at a natural crossroads between east and west, north and south, Rhayader has for centuries offered a welcome for travellers: from the Romans who had a stopover camp in the Elan Valley, Monks journeying between the Abbeys of Strata Florida and Abbeycwmhir and Drovers taking their livestock to far off markets and returning with goods and news.
Today history merges with the present. While agriculture remains a very important element of life here, vividly portrayed in the weekly Livestock Markets, the ancient and stunning landscape, rich in rare and beautiful wildlife, provides a wealth of opportunities for the modern activities of birdwatching, walking and mountain biking.
Print off your copy of the Town Trail and map and learn about Rhayader’s past, appreciate its architecture, discover the parks and follow the riverside walk.
Learn more about the history of the town, the hoards of gold Jewellry, the Rebecca Rioters and infamous Salmon Poachers, the Old Market Hall and present day livestock markets, the Tannery, the Town Clock, the River Wye and the Bwgy stream.
Visit the villages of Llanwrthwl, Nantmel, Abbeycwmhir, St Harmon & Pantydwr and learn all about the archaeology, history, geology, landscape, farming, countryside and wildlife of the area.
Find out where to go and how to get there with maps of Rhayader and the local area to download.
Plan your journey using information on bus services, railways and cycle routes.
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