Welcome to the beautiful region of Maesgfed! It’s a hidden gem with stunning landscapes and lots of exciting things to do. We’ve planned a fantastic 4-day adventure for you, where you can explore the peaceful Elan Valley, discover the book lover’s paradise in Hay-on-Wye, and visit the historical sites in Llandrindod Wells and Builth Wells. Get ready for an amazing trip through the wonders of Maesgfed!

Day 1: Explore Elan Valley

Start your amazing journey in the beautiful Elan Valley, surrounded by peaceful landscapes and stunning reservoirs. Take a relaxing walk along one of the trails and enjoy the breathtaking views all around you. Don’t miss the Elan Valley Visitor Centre, where you can learn about the area’s history and efforts to protect its natural beauty. Spend the day by the reservoirs, soaking in the calming atmosphere of this nature lover’s dream.

Breakfast & Café suggestions near Elan Valley:

  • Elan Valley Café
  • The Lost ARC Café
  • Penbont House

Lunch & Dinner suggestions in Rhayader:

  • The Triangle Inn
  • The Crown Inn

Day 2: Explore Rhayader & Hay-on-Wye

Begin your day at the Gilfach Nature Reserve in Rhayader, a perfect spot for wildlife lovers with its various bird species and native wildlife. Afterward, head to The Warren, a lovely riverside area perfect for a leisurely walk or a peaceful picnic.

In the afternoon, head to Hay-on-Wye, known for its bookshops and love of literature. Wander through the town’s pretty streets, filled with charming bookstores offering hidden literary gems. Explore the historic Hay Castle and enjoy fantastic views from its tower. And for something different, check out the local spirits at Hay Distillery and discover unique drinks from small producers.

Breakfast & Café suggestions in Rhayader:

  • The Lost ARC Café
  • Penbont House

Lunch & Dinner suggestions in Hay-on-Wye:

  • The Old Black Lion
  • Chapters Rest (Michelin)
  • Off Grid Gourmet

Day 3: Explore More of Hay-on-Wye

Spend your third day indulging in the literary charm of Hay-on-Wye. Explore the delightful bookshops all around, each offering something special to book lovers like you. Get lost in the magic of the town’s literary heritage, with surprises waiting around every corner.

Breakfast & Café suggestions in Hay-on-Wye:

  • The Sandwich Cellar
  • The Granary
  • Hay Castle Cafe

Lunch & Dinner suggestions in Hay-on-Wye:

  • The Old Black Lion
  • Chapters Rest (Michelin)
  • Off Grid Gourmet

Day 4: Explore Llandrindod Wells & Builth Wells

On your final day, explore the historical gems of Llandrindod Wells and Builth Wells. Start your day at The Thomas Shop Museum, where you can learn about the town’s Victorian past and the lives of its former residents. Visit the Radnorshire Museum to discover the rich history and heritage of the region.

Head to Builth Wells in the afternoon, experience the beauty of the Epynt Way Trail, which takes you through stunning landscapes and offers breathtaking views. Visit the Llywelyn Monument, where you’ll learn about local history and enjoy the monument’s significance. End your adventure in Maesgfed at Buffalo Bill’s Redwoods in Groe Park, these giant redwoods were planted over a hundred years ago in 1903 to commemorate Buffalo Bill’s visit to Wales.

Breakfast & Café suggestions in Llandrindod Wells:

  • Portland House
  • Herb Garden Café
  • The Llanerch Inn Bar & Restaurant

Lunch & Dinner suggestions in Builth Wells:

  • Restaurant 1896 @ Caer Beris Manor Hotel
  • The Red Lion
  • The Prince Llewelyn