The Wye Valley Walk A perfect mix of hill and river walking

 

 
Attractions:

Red kite

Red kite

Red Kite copyright Linda Wright
The red kite has become the iconic bird of mid Wales. By the end of the 19th century the red kite was virtually exterminated in the UK, with just a few pairs remaining in rural mid Wales. While in most of the UK the red kite was persecuted by landowners and gamekeepers, there was a determined effort in mid-Wales to protect it and maintain a breeding population. Their efforts nearly failed, as research by Nottingham University shows that the entire population of kites in 1977 came from just a single female. The red kite is a very distinctive bird, with a forked tail a lighter weight body than the buzzard, and long wingspan. It is primarily a carrion bird, but will also take small mammals, amphibians, earthworms and small birds as the opportunity arises. The red kite feeding centre at Gigrin Farm near Rhayader is close to the Wye Valley Walk and well worth a visit to appreciate these amazing birds. Feeding takes place every afternoon throughout the year.