Activities

Elan Valley Estate

Elan Valley DamThe 70 square mile Elan Valley Estate has five reservoirs and is popular with people who come to see the spectacular scenery, which is ideal for walkers, cyclists and bird watchers. A series of dams were constructed at the end of the 19th century to provide water to Birmingham and many parts of mid and south Wales. There is a large Visitor Centre which is a good starting point for your visit.

The Elan Valley Trail is virtually flat and has self-closing gates, picnic sites and regular stopping points with seating where you can rest and enjoy the views. Following the line of the railway used in the building of the dams, the Elan Valley Trail is suitable for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and the less-able. The surrounding oak woodlands have an abundance of wildlife, plant life and birdlife. Ravens, buzzards, peregrines and red kites can all be seen overhead, while great crested grebe and goosander breed on the water. Free entry.

Mountain Bike

Mountain BikeTo the west of Rhayader there is a superb network of tracks that very in difficulty from easy family trails alongside the reservoirs to very tough moorland crossings only to be undertaken by the very fit. Several of the trails can link with the spectacular lanes and mountain roads.

Why not try Rhayader to Newbridge-on-Wye along the beautiful Wye Valley. Ordnance Survey Maps – Land ranger 135, 136, 148

Gigrin Farm

Gigrin FarmWild red kites are fed at Gigrin Farm every day of the year.
With breathtaking feats of aerial piracy red kites compete with buzzards and ravens for choice pickings. The site has 5 large hides just metres away from where the kites sweep down, the hides give excellent opportunities for photography.

www.gigrin.co.uk

Powis Castle

Powis CastlePerched on a rock above the Garden terraces the medieval Castle contains one of the finest collections of paintings and furniture in Wales. The beautiful collection of treasures from India is displayed in the Clive Museum. The world-famous garden, overhung with clipped yews, shelters rare and tender plants. Laid out under the influence of Italian and French styles, it retains its original lead statues and an orangery on the terraces.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/powis-castle

Horse Riding, Pony Trekking, Riding Lessons & Schooling

Underhill ridingEnjoy horse riding and pony trekking in the peace and beauty of the Mid Wales countryside at Underhill Riding Stables. Friendly and experienced staff will ensure you have a relaxed ride on quality horses and ponies whatever your age and riding ability.

If you are on holiday in Mid Wales, call to arrange pony trekking, half day rides, full day rides and pub rides.
www.underhillridingstables.co.uk

Rheidol Valley narrow gauge steam train

Rheidol railwayFrom the coast at Aberystwyth, watch the scenery passing by your window. See the countryside change as you travel through wide open fields, ancient woodland and rugged mountain scenery as the line twists and turns, clinging to the hillside to reach Devil’s Bridge – home of the famous Mynach Falls and Devil’s Punchbowl.

www.rheidolrailway.co.uk www.rheidolrailway.co.uk

Golf

There are two very good golf courses within 5 miles of Vicarage holiday Homes.

GolfLlandrindod Wells Golf Club www.lwgc.co.uk The course was designed by six times open champion Harry Vardon, and altered some years later by James Braid, to produce, essentially, the superb course of 18 challenging holes, almost 5800 yards in length (par 69), that you see today.

Perhaps best described as an “Upland Links” course, it provides a true test for golfers of all abilities.

Builth Wells www.builthwellsgolf.co.uk The course is a lovely parkland course and traces its trail through mature woodland and around water.

Visitors are more than welcome at Builth Wells Golf Club throughout the week. You will receive a typically warm welcome from the Pro Shop to the Clubhouse and we at Builth Wells Golf Club guarantee you will enjoy your day and will want to return. Builth Wells Golf Club is most definitely the Jewel in the Crown of Welsh golf courses, once played never forgotten.

Mid Wales Art Experience and Alex Allpress Pottery

Mid-Wales ArtBlue and Alex live in the beautiful village of Newbridge on Wye set in the Wye Valley.

Try your hand at pottery throwing.

Pottery for kids, craft & art classes and much much more fun packed activities, visit our website, www.midwalesartexperience.org

Hafren Forest

HafrenWalk to the source of the River Severn – or choose from numerous walks including waterfalls. Now spanning some 40 square kilometres of upland, commercial foresting commenced at Hafren in 1937 with the planting of pine and spruce trees in an area where once there were only sheep and a handful of deserted lead mine workings. The Forestry Commission have created a number of different trails along the Severn and through the towering pine and spruce trees.

All four routes are circular and are focused around the picnic area and toilet facilities at Rhyd-y-benwch, just seven miles from Llanidloes. In addition, the numerous forestry tracks and roads are also excellent terrain for thecyclist.

Free entry Open all year. www.forestry.gov.uk/walesapp

Black and White Village Trail

Black and White Village TrailThe official Black and White Village trail covers 40-miles round Herefordshire villages, with lots of examples of timber-framed buildings and churches in their village settings.

Villages include Weobley, Pembridge, Eardisley, Dilwyn, Kinnersley, Sarnesfield, Lyonshall, Kingsland, Kington, Eardisland, and Leominster.

The Warren at Radnor Forest

The Warren has been popular with tourists for over 200 years because of Water-Break-Its-Neck Waterfall, the spectacular waterfall. The area has seen huge changes since the days of Radnor Forest was an ancient hunting forest. In those days of great feasts this was a large moorland area, but in Victorian time the then owners, the Harpton Court Estate, decided to create a ‘picturesque’ forest and planted lots of trees. You can see many of these trees, now huge, on the historic routes we have reopened for you to enjoy.

Free entry. Open all year.

Llyn Clywedog

Llyn ClywedogThe Llyn Clywedog is a man made reservoir formed by the construction of the Clywedog Dam. The lake has a surface area of 615 acres (230 football pitches), is 216 ft deep at its maximum depth and stretches in all a distance of some six miles. At its maximum, it is just 500 yards wide. Some 15 miles of new or improved roads were built around the reservoir and a number of viewing points and picnic areas are arranged along the circular drive around the lake enabling visitor to enjoy the wonderful panoramic views.

The lake is amply stocked with brown and rainbow trout. The management and fishing rights are the preserve of the Llanidloes Angling Society. Sailing on the lake is run by the Clywedog Sailing Club. Both organisations hold numerous competitions and regattas throughout the year and visitors are always welcome.

The Willow Globe Theatre

The Willow Globe TheatreThe Willow Globe theatre located 3 miles north of Vicarage holiday Homes is a scaled down, living version of the Globe in London. The willow has been carefully woven into an organic and spiritual theatre, starkly sculptural in spring, which is almost completely absorbed by its lush, green surroundings in summer months. This secret, magical and intimate space, with a rough thrust stage, is totally unique.

We host events from April – September, offering syllabus Shakespeare for schools through workshops, productions and professional tours. The Willow Globe is a venue for an eclectic mix of music, Shakespeare, and other arts happenings as well as being home to its own acclaimed Willow Globe Company. We have the option of wet weather cover should it rain.

http://willowglobe.co.uk

National Cycle Museum

National Cycle MuseumThe National Cycle Museum is located in Llandrindod Wells. The Collection houses hundreds of cycles in period settings, including examples from 1819 through to the present day. It also displays rare components and accessories from this period. We are normally closed Saturdays and Sundays contact us on 01597 825531 for details of this service.

Doors Open 10am – last admission 3.30pm. Doors Close 4.00pm.

www.website@cyclemuseum.org.uk

The Silver Mountain Experience

The Silver Mountain ExperienceSteeped in myths and legends, high in the ancient Cambrian Mountains, the Silver Mountain Experience has tumbling streams, mysterious forests and long abandoned mine workings that will take you on a journey through the mists of time.
Dare you enter the Black Chasm?

Rated 12A, this is Wales’s scariest underground experience where your worst nightmares will become reality. Beware of the Coblynau, Morgens, Orcs and others that dwell in the darkness. Tread lightly foolish traveller or your blood curdling screams will echo through the abandoned mine for all eternity!
Not for those of a nervous disposition.

For those more interested in mining history why not take the Heritage Underground tour instead?
http://www.silvermountainexperience.co.uk

Hawksdrift Falconry

Hawksdrift FalconryLearn to fly our Harris Hawk then take a gentle walk with him over the hillside and farmland surrounding Nannerth Farm, during this time you will be free flying the Hawk yourselves. All our Falconry Experiences are hands on activities suitable for everyone capable of a two hour gentle walk, including stiles. Persons under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Our Falconry Experiences are based at Nannerth, a traditional working hill farm set in stunning countryside in the Heart of Wales, this spectacular scenery combined with the beauty of our Hawks and Falcons will give you an unforgettable day.
http://www.hawksdrift.co.uk

Erwood Station Craft Centre, Gallery and Tea Rooms

Erwood Station Craft Centre, Gallery and Tea RoomsErwood Station Craft Centre, Gallery and Tea Rooms are based on an old GWR Railway Station on the banks of the river Wye. We supporting over 100 Welsh artists and craft makers, also offering refreshments, walks and exhibition every 6-8weeks. Since 1985 we have developed into an important centre for artists and craftspeople.

The centre has visitors from all over the world with demonstrations and live music over the Summer holidays and intermittently throughout the year.

www.erwood-station.co.uk

Rhayader Museum and Gallery

Rhayader Museum and Gallery has been described as a little gem. There is a strong focus on the history of the local area, including the Cambrian Mountains and the Elan Valley. The exhibitions show how landscape and people have shaped the community as it is now. Don’t be fooled by the small factory unit exterior. Inside you will find interactive displays, plenty of stories to listen to about the area from local people and films to watch, along with displays of objects.

www.carad.org.uk

Llandrindod Lake

Llandrindod LakeLlandrindod Lake was built as a boating lake towards the end of the last century when Llandrindod Wells was a prime Victorian tourist destination with thousands of visitors arriving each year to take advantage of the famous spa waters.

The original boathouse can still be seen to the left of the lake, now converted into a private residence. The lake is popular with visitors and the Lakeside Café and Bistro, which was recently completely rebuilt, provides light refreshments and full meal services in attractive surroundings.

National Showcaves Centre for Wales

National Showcaves Centre for WalesDan-yr-Ogof is cavernous, Cathedral is full of atmosphere and Bone has a deathly twist: the three main caves will capture your imagination at this Centre, which also offers a huge park dedicated to dinosaurs, an Iron Age Village, a Shire Horse Centre and a museum in one amazing day out.

http://www.showcaves.co.uk/

Judge’s Lodging

Judge’s LodgingStep into the 1870s at the award-winning Judge’s Lodging and discover the world of a most unusual household. Explore the ‘upstairs, downstairs’ life of the Victorian Judges, their servants and felonious guests. Once called ‘the most commodious and elegant apartments for a judge in all England and Wales’
http://www.judgeslodging.org.uk/

The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT)

The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) is a pioneering eco-centre with exciting interactive displays that demonstrate the incredible power of wind, water and sun. It has working examples of sustainable living, environmentally responsible buildings, energy conservation, organic growing and composting. The Centre is a great place for children, with an eco-adventure playground and a programme of holiday activities which are both fun and educational.
www.cat.org

Canoeing on the River Wye

Canoeing on the River WyeDepending on the ever changing water levels on the river, canoeing can be just a gentle paddle taking in all the wonderful scenery and the wildlife or a frantic white water exhilarating ride down river. There is an official canoe launch site within 150 yards of Vicarage Holiday Homes.