Rhayader's own website: www.rhayader.co.uk is well worth a visit. It lists lots of things to do during your stay and it lists a programme of special events which go on throughout the year. Below is just a selection of things to do during your stay.
Sightseeing - Welsh Overland Safaris offer bespoke guided tours of the beautiful Mid Wales Countryside. Tel 01982 552140 or
Walking - There are many lovely walks of varying lengths, strengths and landscapes. A favourite is the Elan Valley Walking and Cycling Trail which begins in Rhayader and takes you to the Elan Valley and its lakes. Another favourite is the Wye Valley Walk which can be picked up in Llanwrthwl - just a short walk from the Lodge over the bridge. Details of regular organized walks both in the daytime and in the evening can be found on Rhayader's website under 'Events'.
There are many walks around Rhayader - including a town trail - and information with descriptions and maps can be downloaded fromwww.leapingstiles.co.uk
Parks - there are 2 lovely parks by the river in Rhayader where children can play and paddle.
Cycling - The Lodge is surrounded by National Cycle Network Trails details of which are in the cottage. We have a number of bikes for hire. If you bring your own bike you can store it in a bike stand in our secure cycle storage unit. A jetwash for hosing bikes is also provided.
Fishing - There is a thriving Angling Association in Rhayader. There is fishing on the rivers Wye, Elan and Marteg and fly fishing on the Elan Valley Lakes. Llyngwyn Lake provides trout fishing and is just a mile away. Permits are available from Powell's Newsagents in Rhayader or at Llyngwyn Lake. www.rhayaderangling.co.uk Tel 01597-810383
Shooting - The Mid Wales Shooting Centre is one of the premier clay target facilities in the UK. It caters for the novice and expert shooter, providing a range of shooting facilities which include Trap and Skeet layouts and 18 Sporting Stands. www.midwalesshootingcentre.com
Birdwatching - There are several reserves in the area the most wellknown being the Red Kite Centre at Gigrin Farm near Rhayader where kite and other hawks are fed daily. Sit in one of the hides and witness a spectacular aerial display; it's quite breathtaking. www.redkitecentre.co.ukTel 01597-810243
Wye Lavender Farm - Set on a hillside just outside Rhayader is Wye Lavender Farm. Harvesting is from May to September. To view the array of blooms telephone Zoe Griffiths on 01597 810627 www.wyelavendar.co.uk
Horseriding - There are three opportunities for riding in the area.
Heart of Wales Riding School in Penybont (7 miles) www.heartofwales.demon.co.uk Tel 01597-851884
Underhill Riding Stables in Dolau (10 miles) www.underhillridingstables.co.uk 01597-851850
Lion Royal Trekking Centre (3 miles) www.lionroyal.co.uk Tel 01597-810202
Golf - There is a golf club in Llandrindod Wells (8 miles) www.lwgc.co.uk Tel 01597-822010
There is also a golf club in Builth Wells (9 miles) www.builthwellsgolfclub.co.uk Tel 01982-553296
Canoing - The river Wye at the junction of the A470 and Llanwrthwl (a short walk away) is a designated canoe access point.www.wyeuskfoundation.org/navigation
The Willow Globe open air theatre - made from willow wisps as its name suggests - is just across the road from the Lodge and is a scaled down version of the Globe in London, being a third of its size in diameter. There is a programme of events throughout the summer.www.willowglobe.co.uk 01597-811487
Mushrooming - book with Fungi Forays to learn about and collect edible mushrooms www.fungiforays.co.uk Tel 01597811168
Aberystwyth - if you fancy a trip to the seaside then Aberystwyth is the nearest seaside town being 32 miles away.
Rhayader Leisure Centre - This has a pool, gymn, badminton court and a squash court. It runs a programme of activities during school holidays. www.rlc.powys.gov.uk Tel 01597-810355
CARAD - Community Arts Rhayader & District offers creative opportunities for people through its community arts and heritage programme.www.carad.org.uk
Rhayader Museum & Gallery - There is a changing programme of diverse exhibitions. It is linked to CARAD and its telephone number is 01597-810192
Elan Valley Visitor Centre - The Centre is now open all year round and throughout the year the rangers run a series of activities.
Quackers - This is an indoor play centre which is only a couple of miles from the Lodge. www.quackersnow.com Tel 01597-860111
National Cycle Museum - The collection houses hundreds of cycles in period settings from 1819 to the present day. www.cyclemuseum.org.ukTel 01597-825531
Wyeside Arts Centre - This Centre in Builth Wells is open all year for cinema, theatre and shows. www.wyeside.co.uk Tel 01982-552555
The Thomas Shop - Shop and museum in Penybont www.thomas-shop.com
Llywernog Silver-Lead Mines - This is on the road to Aberystwyth at Ponterwyd www.silverminetours.co.uk Tel 01970-890620
The Judges Lodgings - Explore both upstairs and downstairs in this restored Lodging in Knighton. www.judgeslodging.org.uk Tel 01544-260650
Royal Welsh Crystal - The home of handcrafted cut crystal glass producing cut glass bowls, wine glasses & decanters etc..WWW.welshroyalcrystal.co.uk
Cambrian Safaris - Take a tour offroad in a Cambrian Safari landrover. This is a lovely way to see the true beauty of the Cambrian Mountains. Half or full day tours are available. www.cambriansafaris.co.uk
Taxi Service Vulcan Lodge is 3 miles south of Rhayader where Merlin Cars is located. Merlin Cars is a family run Taxi and Private Hire service operating 7 days a week. The taxi can accommodate up to 7 passengers per trip with full wheelchair access and other vehicle features to assist those with impaired mibility. The taxi is M1 certified. www.merlincars.cab email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07745 269319.