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Gilfach Nature Reserve

Gilfach Nature Reserve

Gilfach Nature Reserve

Nature Reserve, free entry

Contact

Enquiries

01597 823298

Address

Rhayader,
Powys,
LD6 5LF

Details

Gilfach nature discovery centre situated in a beautiful setting at the confluence of the Marteg River with the River Wye in the Cambrian Mountains of Mid Wales, Gilfach is locally unique because of its wide variety of habitats: high moorland to enclosed meadow oak woodland to rocky upland river. Because of this variety the farm supports a tremendous abundance of birds and animals within a comparatively small area. This richness of wildlife has adapted to living in the various habitats created over the centuries through the practice of traditional farming.

Follow the walking trails through meadows peppered with anthills, look out over the valley with its glorious views and spot a dipper on the River Marteg as it tumbles down through the reserve and over the waterfalls - where in November you might just glimpse a leaping salmon.

There are some lovely waymarked trails to help you enjoy Gilfach, and good picnic spots too. This is a working farm, so you are likely to see farm animals on the way. Dogs are welcome but please keep them on a lead to reduce disturbance to farm animals and wildlife.

The traditional barns are now a 'Nature Discovery Centre' with information and exhibitions about the reserve. The 'byre' (attached to the longhouse) and toilets (including disabled) are open all year for visitors, and there are picnic benches too. The visitor centre is generally open in the school holidays and sometimes in the week and weekends. Light refreshments are usually available. We rely on volunteers for this so we apologise if you find it unexectedly shut.

If you are visiting with a group, please give us a call on 01597 823298 to find out if the visitor centre will be open and let us know an approximate arrival time and numbers so we can be prepared!

The Wildlife Trail is now accessible to all. The new path’s flat surface allows wheelchairs, mobility scooters and pushchairs to roll freely.

Facilities also include a new picnic table overlooking the valley, constructed by skilled Wildlife Trust volunteers.

Coach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs accepted

From March through to August, we try to open the Visitor Centre as often as possible. There are teas and coffees aswell as gifts available for purchase.

Opening Details

Open all the time

Please note - The visitor centre is generally open in the school holidays and sometimes in the week and weekends. Light refreshments are usually available.

Prices

Free entry

Location

Directions

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Map reference: SN 965717  Lat: 52.33404 Long: -3.51966

Follow the A470 between Rhayader and Llangurig. Approximately 3 miles north of Rhayader and 7 miles south of Llangurig there is a well signed road junction to 'St. Harmon and Pantydwr'. The turning is also indicated by Brown Nature Reserve Signs.

Park here at Marteg Bridge and walk around the reserve on the Nature Trail, or visit the Nature Discovery Centre by driving on through the reserve for ½mile before turning right (just before a cattle grid) onto a narrow road. Follow it down over the river and up the hill to the small car park. Trails are waymarked and link the various parts of the reserve to the visitor centre.

Facilities

  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

From March through to August, we try to open the Visitor Centre as often as possible. There are teas and coffees aswell as gifts available for purchase.

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