Wye Valley walk (Plynlimon to Hay-on-Wye)
Total distance covered; 63 miles (100kms)
5 days walking based in Rhayader
Rhayader, our base for the northern section of the Wye Valley Walk, is an historic market town and the 'Gateway to the Elan Valley'. Rhayader has been an important crossing point on the River Wye since long before the town was established and the ancient standing stones and neolithic remains which litter the surrounding hills suggest a long history. During the 12th century the town became a site of conflict between the Welsh and the Norman lords, and the castle changed hands a number of times. From medieval times the livestock market in Rhayader was of great importance to farmers throughout Mid-Wales. The market hall has now gone, unfortunately, but a clock tower and war memorial stands in its place.
Prior to the arrival of the railway (now disused) the town was an important stopover for coaches on the way from London to Aberystwyth. In 1890 a number of massive dams were constructed in the Elan Valley and the lakes that were created provided drinking water for Birmingham and the surrounding industrial towns. The lakes of the Elan Valley became a popular tourist destination and Rhayader grew in prosperity as a result. Nowadays the area caters mainly for walkers, mountain bikers and others enjoying outdoor pursuits. The area is also renown for an abundance of Red Kites.
Rhayader offers all the services you would expect from a rural market town, including a range of inns, restaurants and takeaways serving food in the evenings. It has a number of shops where one can purchase the makings of a packed lunch.
The daily meeting point in Rhayader is the car park of Rhayader Leisure Centre in North Street.
Accommodation; There is a variety of accommodation in Rhayader, including hotels, guesthouses, and self-catering lets. Details can be found on the following websites:
Alternatively, an accommodation guide can be obtained from the Tourist Information Centre in Llandrindod Wells, whose contact details are as follows:
Llandrindod Wells Tourist Information Centre, The Old Town Hall, Temple Street, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 5DL
Telephone: 01597 822600
How to reach Rhayader by public transport. The nearest railway station is at Llandrindod Wells, 12 miles distant. From Llandrindod Wells there are buses (No. X47) to Rhayader.
General information on the Wye Valley Walk, and the area around Rhayader, can be found on the following websites:
Holiday Options 2021
Day 1: Plynlimon to Llangurig 12 miles (19kms)
Day 2: Llangurig to Rhayader 12 miles (19kms)
Day 3: Rhayader to Builth Wells 15 miles (24kms)
Day 4: Builth Wells to Llanstephen 12 miles (19kms)
Day 5: Llanstephen to Hay-on-Wye 12 miles (19kms)
Currency Converter: All of our prices are in British pounds. To estimate the cost in another currency use the currency converter here.