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RSPB Carngafallt

RSPB Carngafallt

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RSPB Carngafallt

Nature Reserve, free entry

Elan Valley,



RSPB Carngafallt is in the heart of the Elan Valley, Mid Wales and if you're looking for ancient oak woodland with stunning veteran trees, wood pasture and moorland, then Carngafallt is the perfect place to visit. Lichens and bryophtyes cloak the woodland in shades of soothing green, woodland birds fill the air with a dawn chorus and red kites soar effortlessly above.

It is a wonderful place to see birds or simply enjoy the view. The moorland landscape looks especially colourful in late summer, while spring is the perfect time to come and see migrant birds like redstarts, whinchats and tree pipits. Woodpeckers, pied flycatchers, red kites and buzzards also make the reserve their home, and you may see badgers and hares too. Public footpaths and bridleways provide access; steep in parts and not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs.

There are no car parking facilities on the reserve, however parking is available at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre, for a small charge and is only a 5 to 10 minute walk away through the quiet road of Elan Village.

Red kites and buzzards and other woodland birds, notably pied flycatchers, redstarts and wood warblers can be seen from mid-April; beautiful spring woodland foliage from early May with accompanying bird chorus. Birds of prey and colourful moorland heathers and gorse from July; this is the best time for finding wild flowers, butterflies, dragonflies and a host of other invertebrates.

In the autumn, woodlands and moorland become quiet places as winter approaches; birds of prey are always present and including red kites, buzzards and peregrines. Ravens, too, are easily seen. Winter thrushes, redwings and fieldfares, feast among the berried rowan trees, sometimes with ring ouzels. Carpets of mosses and lichens are at their best at this time and enhance the mystical feeling one experiences in the ancient woodlands.

Stunning winter scenery makes up for the apparent scarcity of birds at this time. Red kites are easily found but it takes skill to find the mostly silent nuthatches, treecreepers and woodpeckers that are always there somewhere. Frost and snow pick out the textures of the landscape and its varied habitats.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePostboxPublic toiletsAccepts groups

Mobility Accessibility Facilities

These amenities are at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre.

Open all the time


Free entry

There is a parking charge for Elan Valley Centre car park.


Elan Valley,

Location and nearby places


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Map reference: SN 928646  Lat: 52.26934 Long: -3.57167


Main access point is at Elan village where there is an RSPB information sign at the eastern end of the village where the road enters woodland at a cattle grid. Elan village is just off the B4518 3 miles south-west of Rhayader, which straddles the A470 and A44.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 14 miles from Llandrindod station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Mobility Accessibility FacilitiesMobility Accessibility Facilities

These amenities are at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre.

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