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Rhayader - The Outdoor Capital of Wales

Many visitors to the area come simply for the peace and quiet.  To explore the area cycling continues to attract singletons, groups and families; and motor cyclists enjoy the wide sweeping well maintained roads that Wales offers. 

Venture to the coast and visit some of the best sandy beaches with often no one to share them with.

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There are so many interesting places to visit within a short distance of Redwood Retreat with Rhayader being the nearest town, just a mile away.


Here you will find a wide variety of pubs, restaurants & coffee shops along with art, craft & antique shops.  There is also a fruit & veg shop, butcher, hardware store (dating back to 1895 ) and the usual convenience stores. 

We have listed a few places of interest below -

Rhayader (one mile from Redwood Retreat - unfortunately uphill on the way back!)

CARAD – Community Arts Rhayader & District – exhibitions, craft days, museum

The Lost Arc – Coffee shop and light meals, Pizza night, music evenings

8-day carnival in July each year

Clive Powell – Cycle hire

Rhayader Pump Track -


Elan Valley

Visitors Centre – Meals, exhibitions, talks

Guided walks


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The area around Rhayader in Mid Wales is perfect for immersing yourself in nature, whether its watching the spectacular Kites at Gigrin Farm or spotting a wide variety of flora and fauna at Radnorshire Wildlife Trust's Gilfach Farm or on the Elan Valley estate.

Many areas are free to wander, slowing your pace to really take in the natural world.

Gigrin Farm Kite Feeding -

Radnorshire Wildlife Trust -


Elan Valley -

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The area is perfect for walking with many waymarked paths giving the visitor a vast range of destinations to explore.

Whether it's a gentle stroll along the riverside in Rhayader, a more strenous walk around the reservoirs in the Elan Valley or one of our National Trails there are many options to choose from: 

Riverside Walk, Rhayader -

Elan Valley -

Glyndwr's Way -

Offa's Dyke Path -

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Come and discover the Dark Skies of the Cambrian Mountains.  The elan Valley, which is just a mile or so from Redwood Retreat is an International Dark Sky Park.

In 2015 the Elan Valley Estate achieved this status and became the first privately owned but publicly accessible park in the world to do so.

On the estate they were granted a silver tier status by the International Dark Sky Association based in Arizona, USA. This status means that the entire 45,000 acres of the Elan Valley are protected against light pollution for the benefit of those wholive and work here, in addition to the many visitors each year.  The status also provides sanctuaryfor the abundance of wildlife and nature which can be found by day and night on the estate.

Cambrian Mountains Dark Skies -

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Mid Wales is the perfect place for horse riding with wide open spaces and quiet lanes.  There are a number of stables close to Rhayader offering trekking in the beautiful countryside or lessons -

Lion Royal, Rhayader - 01597 810 121 -

Heart of Wales Riding Centre - 01597 851 884 -

Underhills - 01597 851 890 -

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Whatever your level of skill, cycling is a great way of discovering Mid Wales at a leisurely pace with plenty of places to stop for a coffee along the way.

Rhayader Pump Track -

Elan Valley -

Sustrans National Cycleway -

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