Local Activities

There are numerous activities close by to our self catering bungalow and listed below are just a few.  They range from the outstanding Elan Valley to the beautiful Erwood Station.  It can all be enjoyed from the doorstep (walking, cycling, riding, fishing, golfing and many more).

Bird watching

The Gigrin Red Kite Feeding Centre in RhayaderThe Gigrin Red Kite Feeding Centre in Rhayader is open daily, all year round. Red Kites can be seen in this area throughout the year and are seen daily flying over Gwynfan. This area is a birdwatchers dream with resident Falcons, Ravens, Buzzards and Peregrine.
Tel: 01597 810243

Carngalfft in the Elan Valley is a reserve kept by the RSPB. Tree Pipits, Redstarts and Whinchats are seen here during the summer months. This is a vast area of moorlands, wetlands, woodlands and hedgerows with many wild flowers.


Bike collection, hire and cycle routes

National Cycle Collection in Llandrindod WellsNational Cycle Collection in Llandrindod Wells has over 250 bicycles and displays dating from 1819 – 2000 naming one is the Penny Farthings. Open daily 10am – 4pm.
Tel: 01597 825531

Clive Powells Mountain Bike Centre, RhayaderLooking for a bike to hire in Mid Wales? There is a choice of 2 local premises to enjoy a view of the local area.

Sports Centre in Llandrindod Wells
Tel: 01597 824249

Clive Powells Mountain Bike Centre, Rhayader
Tel: 01589 811343

The Elan Valley Trail and Cycle Path is an 8 mile route which runs along the old railway line built to aid the Elan Valley Dams over a century ago. An easy ride to be enjoyed by young and old with outstanding beauty.

The Radnor Ring Route 25 is an 86 mile route of stunning scenery in the heart of Wales linking Rhayader, Kington, Knighton and Llandrindod Wells.
Tel: 01597 826605

National Cycle Route 81 runs from Aberystwyth through to the border town of Shrewsbury. Both these cycle routes runs or passes through either the town of Rhayader or the Elan Valley.



Llyngwyn Lake – 16 acres of pure natural fishing, restocked weekly with permits and boat hire catered for.

Fishing for Salmon and Trout on the Beautiful rivers of Elan, Marteg and WyeThe Rhayader and Elan Valley Angling Association – fishing for Salmon and Trout on the Beautiful rivers of Elan, Marteg and Wye, all within easy reach of Gwynfan.
Alan Lewis: Tel: 01597 810383

Springrock Fishery is a 2.5 acre lake set in stunning scenic surroundings in the near by village of Llandegley only 4 miles from Gwynfan. It is stocked with carp up to 24lb consisting of mirrors, commons, crucians, ghosts and koi.
Tel: 07970 092160


WalkingThere are lots of walking opportunities near and around this area. (Maps are supplied for short routes within Gwynfan). A short 1 mile walk takes you to the local village of Llanyre with a beautiful public house on your doorstep.

Llandrindod Wells has three circular 5 miles walks and 4 linear walks all with or without guides.
Tel: 01597 824012

The Elan Valley Visitor Centre has many guided walks.
Tel: 01597 810880

Radnorshire Wildlife Trust Visitor and Education Centre – 418 acre farm/nature reserve has many trails.
Tel: 01597 823298

Offa’s Dyke Path based in Knighton – 177 mile trail runs along the Shropshire and Radnorshire borders and passes through flat river valleys, dense oak forests, heathland and bracken covered hills.
Tel: 01597 528753

Glyndwrs Way – 135 mile trail runs from Knighton via Machynlleth to Welshpool which includes the tranquil Radnorshire hills and the shores of the spectacular Llyn Clywedog Reservoir.
Tel: 01597 827562


Llandrindod Wells Golf Club 18 holesLlandrindod Wells Golf Club 18 holes is located overlooking the Spa Town with views as breathtaking at the views from Gwynfan.
Tel: 01597 822010

Builth Wells Golf Club 18 holes is located in the quiet, picturesque Mid Wales countryside.
Tel: 01982 553296

Horse/pony riding/trekking

The Heart of Wales Riding Holidays centreThe Heart of Wales Riding Holidays centre offers both instructions or hacks out, fantastic indoor riding centre is available on-site.
Tel: 01597 851884

Underhill Riding Stables offers both instructions or hacks out.
Tel: 01597 851890

Lion Royal Trekking Centre in the Elan Valley offers full and half day rides for all levels of riders.
Tel: 01597 810202

The Judges Lodging in Presteigne

The Judges Lodging in PresteigneStep back into the 1870’s at the award winning Lodging and discover the world of a most unusual historic house.
Tel: 01544 260650





Erwood Station Craft Cenret and Gallery

Erwood Station Craft Centre, Gallery & Tea RoomsAt this unspoilt location you can absorb the spirit of lost railways dating back to 1962 (Restoration of a Diesel Loco AMW169).
Tel: 01982 560674




Swimming and Sport Centres

Swimming and Sports Centres in Mid Wales. 	Llandrindod Wells has a 20m heated swimming pool and facilities for table tennis, badminton and other recreational activities.
Tel: 01597 824249

Rhayader Leisure Centre has a swimming pool with spa bath, a fitness room, squash courts and pool and table tennis.
Tel: 01597 810355

Cinema and Art Centres

The WyeSide Arts Centre in Builth Wells has a cinema, gallery and theatre with shows and performances held throughout year.
Tel: 01982 552555


Ten-pin bowling centre Ustrike, based in Newtown, Powys. Ten-pin bowling centre Ustrike based in Newtown has 4 state-of-the-art lanes with licensed bar for drinks and snacks.
Tel: 01686 622688




Play Centres

Quackers Indoor Play Centre only 4 miles from Gwynfan – ball pools, drop slides, go-carts, sand diggers and much, much more.
Tel: 01597 860111

Llangorse Multi Activity CentreLlangorse Multi Activity Centre – Indoor climbing, Zip Line Experience, High Rope Course, Dingle Scramble and many more exciting activities to be enjoyed.
Tel: 0333 6002020





Acton Scott Museum

Action Scott Historic Working Farm – go back to the turn of the 20th century and follow the story of the farm from prehistoric times to the present day.
Tel: 0845 6789024

Devil’s Bridge

Devil's BridgeDevil’s Bridge Waterfalls and Nature Trail.
Tel: 01970 890233






Abbey-Cwm-Hir Hall

The Hall at Abbey-Cwm-HirThe Hall at Abbey-Cwm-Hir is Grade II listed as one of Wales’ finest examples of Victorian Gothic Revival Architecture.
Tel: 01597 851727



Centre for Alternative Technology

Centre for Alternative TechnologyThe Centre for Alternative Technology is based in Machynlleth learn about climate change, pollution, waste, energy and lots more to do with our environment.
Tel: 01654 705950




The river wye at the junction of the A470 and the village of Llanwrthwl is a designated canoe access point

Elan Valley Activitities

Craig Goch Elan Valley (Autumn) Powys Mid WalesThe Elan Valley isn’t just about peace and quiet.  We’re also an outdoor playground where you can cycle, mountain bike, walk and hike in some of the most scenic surroundings in Wales.  And if you’re feeling brave, you can no swing in the treetops or hit the water on one of our outdoor activity days.

High Tree Challenge – platforms, bridges, unusual obstacles,  a zip line and adrenalin jump

Kayaking on the Reservoir – get a different view of the valley from a two person kayak.                       Tel:-  01597811143

Places to eat

A 1 mile short walk to The Bell Country Inn, a local village pub serving excellent food. Or travel down to Llandrindod Wells where you will find many olde worthy pubs serving good locally produced food with real ales. There is also a number of takeaways from Chinese, Indian and the traditional fish and chips.