Elan Valley Reservoirs

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Many of the fantastic scenic drives in Mid Wales are set against panoramic and breathtaking backdrops and fantastic for motorists who love to explore places off the beaten track and the mountain road from Rhayader to Aberystwyth crosses the spine of the central Cambrian Mountains.

Described by the AA as “one of the 10 best scenic drives in the world”, expect spectacular scenery as you travel the watershed of the Cambrian Mountains. En route, you will pass the fabulous Elan valley reservoirs with its dramatic lakes and dams, the Cwmystwyth mine workings which are arguably one of the most important historical mining areas in Wales.and you will be sure to see the magnificent red kites which soar above this mountain route.

Leaving Rhayader, the B4518 route links the Elan Valley dams and upwards across the central Cambrian Mountains before desending to Cwmystwyth. From there take follow the B4574 to Devil's Bridge where you can travel on to the university town of Aberystwyth on the Mid Wales coast.

On the way explore the Devil’s Bridge Falls and discover the Vale of Rheidol steam train journey between Devil’s Bridge and Aberystwyth following the Rheidol Valley all the way to the centre of Aberystwyth on the Mid Wales coast.

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Target Markets

  • Dark Skies / Stargazing

Map & Directions

Road Directions

By Car: Main A470 from north or south Wales and A44 from Leominster

Public Transport Information - www.traveline.cymru

Accessible by Public Transport: Llandrindod station is 11 miles away.

Rhayader to Devil's Bridge | Scenic Drive

Type:Car Trail

Rhaeadr Gwy | Rhayader, Rhayader to Devil's Bridge, Powys, LD6 5BU


Rhaeadr Gwy | Rhayader, RhayaderA busy, historic market town, Rhayader is named after 'Rhayadr Gwy', a Welsh name for a local waterfall on the Wye. The town is situated in the very heart of Mid Wales in the beautiful Upper Wye Valley sheltered by the Cambrian Mountains.

The Arch, Hafod on the Devil's Bridge to Rhayader Mountain RoadY Bwa | The Arch (NRW), Devil's BridgeThe old masonry arch spanning the road was built by Thomas Johnes of Hafod in 1810 to mark the Golden Jubilee of George III. Three circular walking trails are waymarked and start from the Hafod Arch car park and The Arch is designated as a Dark Skies Discovery Site.

Radnor Ring - cycle routeRadnor Ring Cycle Route, RhayaderA circular 84 mile route following quiet country lanes, and crossing some of Mid-Wales' most spectacular scenery. For those with mountain-bike skills, there are exciting off-road alternatives.

Lon Cambrian RouteLon Las Cymru | Rhayader to Llangurig, RhayaderAlthough this is not strictly a traffic free route, this minor gated road running down the Wye Valley carries next to no traffic as the main A470 runs parallel, on the other side of the valley, all the way from Llangurig to Rhayader.

Rhayader | Walking & Hiking, RhayaderGet off the beaten path and explore everything that Rhayader and the Elan Valley has to offer, from gentle relaxing walks to something to challenging the most experienced climbers.

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