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

 

 
Attractions:

Rhayader

Rhayader

Rhayader copyright Powys County Council
In the past Rhayader was an important crossroads on the coaching road from Aberystwyth to markets in England. There were turbulent times here in the days of the Rebecca Riots in 1843. Across South Wales tenant farmers and farm workers in particular found the tolls levied on them by the Turnpike Trusts a large financial burden. In Rhayader there were 6 toll gates at the entrances to the town, and this meant that any journey by horse or horse drawn vehicle, and particularly when driving livestock to market was very expensive indeed. Rioters dressed up as women and attacked the toll gates and gate keepers. Rhayader is today known as the gateway to the beautiful Elan Valley where reservoirs and dams were constructed in the 1890s to supply drinking water to industrial Birmingham and the west midlands.