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Gilfach Nature Discovery Centre

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Location iconRhayader
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Attraction Information

Gilfach Nature Reserve is set in the heart of the Marteg Valley in the Cambrian Mountains, about 4 miles north of Rhayader. It's a lovely place to go for a family ramble even in wet weather, with a network of sign posted walking trails, some of which are suitable for wheelchairs or buggies.

The awesome 200 acre site has more than its fair share of birds, so it's a great place to take your little twitchers; keep an eye out in particular for glimpses of the Dipper, the Pied Flycatcher and the Red Kite!

You can happily take a closer look inside some of the nest boxes via closed circuit television which is relayed to a television monitor in the reserve's Visitor Centre. The traditional barns have long been lovingly reformed into a handy Nature Discovery Centre with helpful information points and exhibitions all about the reserve. The byre attached to the longhouse and accessible toilets are open all year for visitors, and there are picnic benches too. The centre is generally open in the summer holidays and sometimes in the week and weekends.

And being set in the heart of the Marteg Valley in the Cambrian Mountains, about 4 miles north of Rhayader, you're surrounded by gorgeous scenery ideal for family photo backdrops and rambling adventures. Enjoy!

Opening hours

Year round access to Reserve

Visitor Centre
Easter - September



St Harmon,
LD6 5LF,

Phone number

01597 823298


Free admission
Donations are welcome


A perfect Easter day out.

Our family visited during the Easter hols of 2016 and had a fantastic time, although the trails are maybe not as clearly marked as some other sites, we found this half the fun of scaling up the hill side and taking in the amazing views on offer at the top before walking back down and following the river path as far as we could. A great place to visit if you can tie it into a visit to the red kite feeding station just down the road, more than enough for a full day then. We had a beautiful time together and hope to return again next year!


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