Rhayader or Rhaeadr Gwy - Welsh for 'Waterfall on the Wye' - is situated in the
heart of mid-Wales, at the cross-roads between the main east to west route - A44
from England to Cardigan Bay and the south to north A470. It is a busy Radnorshire
livestock market town, with a population of 2,000, surrounded on all sides by the
finest scenery: dramatic wooded valleys with swift mountain streams and waterfalls
giving way to heather-topped hills and open moorland, contoured by glaciation alternating
with natural lakes and rock formation, ancient oak woods rich in bird and wildlife,
and the dams and reservoirs of the Elan and Claerwen valleys, draining into the
beautiful River Wye, where salmon, trout and otters are to be found.
The variety of the surrounding countryside makes Rhayader an ideal center from which
to explore by car, bicycle or on foot. It offers a range of accommodation from the
large Wyeside Caravan and Camping Park, inexpensive town house B&Bs, self-catering
cottages, characterful 16th Century pubs to country house hotels. The town's numerous
friendly pubs and restaurants provide plenty of good food and drink.
For the day visitor, large car parks adjacent to the modern Leisure center,
Waun Capel Parc - recreation area, shops and the Smithfield livestock market are
an added attraction.