{"LocationDetails":{"Id":829,"Name":"Rhayader","Description":"\u003ch1\u003eOur guide to Rhayader holiday cottages\u003c/h1\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWould you look at that view\u0026hellip;? The market town of Rhayader\u0026rsquo;s the first town on the banks of the River Wye, and it\u0026rsquo;s a popular base for exploring the nearby Elan Valley and the Claerwen Valleys. So traditionally Welsh that you\u0026rsquo;ll feel as though you\u0026rsquo;ve stepped into a postcard, Rhayader\u0026rsquo;s perfect for those of you keen to spend long days in your walking boots, enjoying the scenery that\u0026rsquo;s made the area famous.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eNow we don\u0026rsquo;t quite know for sure, but Rhayader\u0026rsquo;s said to be the oldest town in Mid Wales, and that means there\u0026rsquo;s plenty of history to explore right on your doorstep on those days when you don\u0026rsquo;t fancy venturing far. Rhayader sits almost at the foot of the Cambrian mountains, and the stretch of road that links the historic town to Aberystwyth is said to be one of the world\u0026rsquo;s prettiest, so if you\u0026rsquo;re taking the car, we say make sure you drive this stretch at least once.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003ePlaces to visit in Rhayader\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eYou\u0026rsquo;ll have heard of the Elan Valley even if you\u0026rsquo;ve yet to step out of the car and look up at the scenery while it takes your breath away, and it\u0026rsquo;s just a few short miles from Rhayader. Top of the list of places to visit in Rhayader, this has got to be one of the UK\u0026rsquo;s prettiest corners. We\u0026rsquo;re talking reservoirs that seem to stretch on for miles, sloping woodland that changes colour with the seasons and dams that add a dramatic air to the views.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eYou\u0026rsquo;ll be free to pick your patch and stroll your socks off, and every time you turn a corner you\u0026rsquo;ll see a new scene that\u0026rsquo;ll have you reaching for your camera. The river Elan\u0026rsquo;s home to four imposing dams, but Craig Goch\u0026rsquo;s said to be the most striking one to visit. Usually called \u0026lsquo;the top dam\u0026rsquo;, this one\u0026rsquo;s 317m above sea level, , and the narrow roadway that glides across the top of it is gracefully supported by a curving wall and a series of arches.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWhile you\u0026rsquo;re making your way around the dams, make sure you take in the formidable sight of Pen-y-garreg, often called \u0026lsquo;the middle dam\u0026rsquo;. One of the most photographed sights in the valley, water cascades its way down the valley at this point, and we love the fact that there\u0026rsquo;s a tunnel that leads to the central tower.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003eThings to do in Rhayader\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s no doubt about it, there\u0026rsquo;s no end of things to do in Rhayader if you\u0026rsquo;re feeling full of the spirit of adventure. For one thing, the surrounding countryside could have been made for mountain biking, and what a place to get the kids feeling confident on two wheels and enjoying the Great Outdoors. The Elan Valley\u0026rsquo;s got itself a pretty strong reputation for its natural mountain biking trails, and with all those valley descents and sun-dappled woodlands it\u0026rsquo;s an exhilarating way to experience the region.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s a lot to be said for exploring the region on two feet though, so if you prefer to pop your walking boots on and see where your feet take you, make sure you head to the spectacular Elan Valley to experience views you\u0026rsquo;ll never forget.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s one thing you must keep your eyes peeled for during your Rhayader holiday, and that\u0026rsquo;s the unofficial Welsh national bird \u0026ndash; the Red Kite. Almost extinct, and tangled up in all kinds of romantic myths and legend, these spectacular birds are often spotted soaring the skies above the region, and they make a beautiful sight. So, if you\u0026rsquo;re going to be out and about with the kids we say make a game of spotting them while you\u0026rsquo;re enjoying your adventures.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","Alias":"rhayader","MainImageLocation":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2017/03/Rhayader.jpg/carousel.jpg","PointOfInterests":[{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Offa’s Dyke National Trail","Body":"\u003cp\u003eOffa\u0026rsquo;s Dyke National Trail follows the border between England and Wales for 177 miles of varied and beautiful landscape, and if you walk it during spring or early summer you\u0026rsquo;ll find the route in full bloom with wild flora. An exhilerating way to take in the border that sits between England and Wales, this is one of our favourite walks in Wales.\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eFor the most part, the trail follows the stunning Dyke built by King Offa during the 8\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e century. The dyke was probably designed to divide Offa\u0026rsquo;s kingdom from rival ones in what we now know and love as Wales, but as things are far more friendly between England and Wales than those kingdoms of old the trail now weaves its way across the border at various points along the route.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere are some easy circular walks that take walkers from Knighton to experience a section of the national trail, and most of them include views of the dyke and and right across the rolling hills of Powys. 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Top off a cycling holiday by immersing yourself in this museum dedicated to everything to do with cycling for an hour or two and discover the history of bikes.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eHave you ever wondered how big the wheel of a penny farthing really is, or just how painful the first bikes were to ride? Well, this is the place where you can find the answers to all your cycling questions, The National Cycling Collection is even home to a mock historic street (complete with a country garage) so visitors can wander along it and feel just how rural life was all those years ago.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe museum is home to some of the earliest bikes such as Penny Farthings and Boneshakers (the name says it all doesn\u0026rsquo;t it...) as well as modern models. 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This National Trust attraction is a foreboding medieval castle and former family seat \u0026ndash; and it looms proudly over the famous historic gardens below. Carefully-tended yews hang protectively over the garden\u0026rsquo;s rare plants and the rather grand layout reflects the styles of Italy and France. Original lead statues dot the landscape, and this all sits in the shadow of the circa 1200 castle that started out as a fortress.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe castle is by no means untouched having been tweaked and altered for more than four centuries, but that only adds to its charm and this is one of the most intriguing family attractions in Knighton. The castle was once owned privately by the Herbert family, and their extensive collections throughout include works of art, tapestries and sculptures \u0026ndash; and the best part is that every piece gives a tantalising glimpse into the lives of the people who once called this grand castle home.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eBoth inside and out, Powis Castle is a fascinating place to spend time and it\u0026rsquo;s also home to the Clive Museum, a deer park with a history dating back to medieval times and it hosts regular events throughout the year.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":52.6504,"LocationLongitude":-3.1607,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/02/blue flowers.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"wales/rhayader/powis-castle-and-gardens","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/02/blue flowers.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Elan Valley","Body":"\u003cp\u003eAs family attractions go, Elan Valley really is one of a kind. This 72 mile landscape of wide open space is broken up by gushing, roaring dams that can be seen for miles and look spectacular. The dams and reservoirs are a stunning feat of Victorian engineering and they only make wandering the countryside that surrounds them more exhilarating.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe valley is just under an hour\u0026rsquo;s drive from Knighton, but with its dramatic landscape and stunning views you\u0026rsquo;ll be glad you made the journey. Take a picnic and wander beside one of the vast reservoirs or venture off the beaten track for awhile and walk some of the surrounding woods with their sleepy waterfalls and historic landmarks. Some choose to take the opportunity to fish, and others take to their bikes and enjoy the views on two wheels \u0026ndash; anything goes in Elan Valley and however you enjoy it you\u0026rsquo;ll be compelled to see more.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe dams that make this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty so unique provide Birmingham with clean water, just as they\u0026rsquo;ve done for more than a century. It may seem hard to imagine while you\u0026rsquo;re stood in the peaceful valley but every drop in front of you will make its way to the city, and there\u0026rsquo;s no need for the water to be pumped thanks to the elevated position of the valley \u0026ndash; clever stuff isn\u0026rsquo;t it?\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":52.2925,"LocationLongitude":-3.5716,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/02/Elan Valley.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"wales/rhayader/elan-valley","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/02/Elan Valley.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Gilfach Nature Reserve","Body":"\u003cp\u003eA ten minute drive from Rhayader, Gilfach Nature Reserve is described by one reviewer as \u0026ldquo;a gorgeous place to be\u0026rdquo;. Beautiful, peaceful, and one of the best spots in the region for experiencing wildlife, this one\u0026rsquo;s perfect for a wander and some time out. It\u0026rsquo;s not unusual to see Red Kites feeding, and if you head to the waterfall look out for salmon leaping in and out of the water.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWhen the gorse and heather are in flower, the whole reserve comes to life with splashes of colour, and you\u0026rsquo;ll find picnic tables for those family feasts before you set about wandering the reserve. There\u0026rsquo;s an information centre too, complete with toilets and a kettle for those of you with a hankering for a hot drink, and there\u0026rsquo;s something tranquil about Gilfach that makes it a truly relaxing place to spend an hour or two.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eYou\u0026rsquo;ll find a selection of waymarked walks, so if you fancy taking in the scenery on foot you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to pick the route that\u0026rsquo;s best for you. 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