Arts, Culture and Heritage

Llanwrthwl Village Visit

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Llanwrthwl lies on the River Wye south of Rhayader. To the north west is the RSPB nature reserve called Carngafallt, a heather clad hill with slopes clothed in beautiful ancient hanging oak woodlands and thorn scattered fridd. Gafallt was King Arthur’s dog, and legend says that he left his paw print in a stone somewhere on Carngafallt. It was also here that a second hoard of gold jewellery was found – a set of bronze age torques, now in the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff. In the churchyard next to the parish church of St Gwrthwl is a huge standing stone.


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Distance from town centre: 4

Elan Valley Visitor Centre

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Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Elan Valley Visitors Centre, Elan Valley, Rhayader, Powys LD6 5HP

The Elan Valley Visitor Centre is operated by Dwr Cymru Welsh Water and is set in a fantastic location against a spectacular backdrop of a Victorian stone dam.

It is the perfect starting point for your visit to the area. There's something for everyone; Information Desk; Shop; Cafe; Easy disabled access; Toilets; Large car park and coach parking area; Children's play area; Large picnic area; Easy parking; Education and interactive learning play an important role in the design of our centre and a Free exhibition. 

Entrance to the Visitor Centre is free, and the £2 parking charge covers you for the whole of the Estate's car parks, all day.

Season tickets for car parking are also available, please ask at the Information Desk. They cost £15 and last for 12 months.


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Opening Times: 10.00am - 4.00pm (except Christmas day)
Entry Cost: £2 Parking fee
Contact: Elan Rangers
Tel: 01597 810880

A visit to Elan Valley never fails to delight and inspire. We are custodians of a beautiful area stretching 72 square miles with historic landscapes and thriving wildlife. The dams and reservoirs, the working legacy of remarkable Victorian engineering, add to the captivating and ever changing scenery. You can stroll, picnic or hike; cycle or mountain bike; bird watch, fish or safari!

We operate as 'not-for-profit' so the team who work here can concentrate on safeguarding this special place and ensuring you make the most of your visit. As we say in these parts, Croeso! We look forward to welcoming you to Elan Valley.

Distance from town centre: 3

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Nantgwyllt to St Harmon Walk

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Nantgwyllt Church Elan Valley

This section of the trail from Nantgwyllt Church (Grid ref SN 909639), covers 11 miles, including mountain tracks over over high ground, before descending to cross the River Wye and following the Marteg valley to St Harmon Church.


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Route Name: Gwastedyn Church Trail - Section 2
Length of Route: 11 miles
Walking Difficulty: Moderate
Start Location: Nantgwyllt Church

Nangwyllt Church, Elan Valley

A Victorian church built at the turn of the 19th century by Birmingham Corporation to replace the small Nantgwyllt Church which was swallowed up by the flooding of the Elan and Claerwen Valleys to supply water for Birmingham in the early 20th Century. Nearby was the “House under the Water” made famous by author Francis Brett-Young.  The poet Shelley lived at both Cwm Elan and Nantgwyllt houses, both of which were drowned. The Church has an exhibition of photographs showing the construction of the dams.

Eglwys Nantgwyllt, Cwm Elan

Eglwys Fictoraidd a adeiladwyd ar dro’r bedwaredd ganrif ar bymtheg gan Fwrdeistref Birmingham yw hon.  Fe’i hadeiladwyd i gymryd lle eglwys fach Nantgwyllt a ddiflannodd pan foddwyd Dyffrynnoedd Elan a Chlaerwen er mwyn anfon dŵr i Birmingham ar ddechrau’r ugeinfed ganrif.  Gerllaw roedd y ‘Tŷ dan y Dŵr’ a wnaed yn enwog gan yr awdur Francis Brett-Young.  Bu’r bardd Shelley yn byw am gyfnod byr yn nhai Cwm Elan a Nantgwyllt - dau dŷ a gafodd eu boddi. Yn yr eglwys mae arddangosfa o luniau sy’n dangos y cronfeydd yn cael eu hadeiladu.

Distance from town centre: 4

St Harmon to Nantmel Walk

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St Harmon Church Rhayader

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.


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Route Name: Gwastedyn Church Trail - Section 3
Length of Route: 9
Walking Difficulty: Moderate
Start Location: St Harmon Church

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.

Distance from town centre: 3

Ysfa to Llanwrthwl Walk

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Ysfa Church

This 3 mile walk beginning from St Mark's Church (Grid Ref: SN 991 644), follows forest and farm tracks and crosses the River Wye to reach Llanwrthwl.


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Route Name: Gwastedyn Church Trail - Section 5
Length of Route: 3
Start Location: St. Mark's Church

St Mark’s Church, Ysfa

A Victorian Church built of stone with brick interior between 1870 and 1871.  Its main claim to fame is that the first stone was laid by Revd Kilvert, the diarist, in 1871 and his diaries describe the opening which was somewhat lively due to children playing in the lime and the wind blowing it on to the gathering, smarting their eyes.  There was also something of a commotion in the tent resulting in it being torn.  There is a beautiful Victorian model of the Church inside.  The church is said to have been built by the local gentry for worship by their servants.

Eglwys Sant Mark, Ysfa

Eglwys Fictoraidd a adeiladwyd rhwng 1870 a 1871.  Mae’r eglwys wedi’i hadeiladu o gerrig gyda briciau ar y tu mewn.  Mae’r eglwys yn enwog oherwydd gosodwyd y garreg gyntaf gan y Parch Kilvert, y dyddiadurwr, ym 1871.  Mae ei ddyddiaduron yn disgrifio’r agoriad a oedd braidd yn fywiog oherwydd i’r plant chwarae yn y calch a chwythodd y gwynt y calch ar y dyrfa gan losgi eu llygaid.  Cafwyd hefyd rhywfaint o gynnwrf yn y babell a chafwyd ei rhwygo yn ystod y digwyddiad.  Mae model Fictoraidd hardd o’r Eglwys y tu mewn.  Dywedir bod yr eglwys wedi cael ei hadeiladu gan y bonedd lleol fel lle addoli ar gyfer eu gweision a’u morwynion.

Distance from town centre: 5

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