Tyn-y-Castell is about five miles from the friendly little market town of Rhayader. It lies just a short distance from a single-track road and is approached via a track which continues on up onto the hills. It is about two miles to the Elan Valley Visitors Centre and the beginning of the road round the lakes. There are numerous footpaths and way marked walks and cycle tracks all passing through some of the most beautiful countryside in the British Isles. Most importantly it is immensely peaceful and totally uncrowded and unspoilt.



A map of Powys

A map of Powys

How to find us

Take the B4518 Elan Valley road out of Rhayader

After about three miles turn left, signed Elan Valley Visitors’ Centre

Turn left over the bridge and left again through the village & up an incline

Follow the road round to the right at the top of the incline

After about a mile you will see the first house on your left

Turn left onto a track and Tyn-y-Castell will be immediately on your left.

Via Sat Nav: LD1 6NU This will take you via the village of Llanwrthwl along a winding single track  road. At Talwrn Farm It will tell you that you have arrived but carry on up the road a short distance till you see a green barn on the left and a cream house on the right. Turn very sharply up a track on your right and then very sharply left at the end of the fence.

Location OS Map ref: 940641

Take a scenic drive following this route around the Claerwen Reservoir


Also known as Claerwen Dam North, this is a very scenic route along a trail overlooking the reservoir. Very easy trail. If you drive from the Dam, you will need to turn around when reaching the northern gate, unless you get permission to drive via Teifi Pools from Elan Valley Trust.