The tranquil Rheidol valley (Cwm = valley) has many surprises for the vistor, from the soft fluttering of butterfly wings to the drama of the steam railway. The Powergen and EON powerstation visitor Centres are worth a visit.
Turning from the busy main A44 trunk road at Capel Bangor, you can descend into a peaceful and picturesque valley that seems a million miles from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The valley is now quiet, except for the sounds of cattle lowing and the river Rheidol meandering its way to the sea - and the occasional sound of a bygone era as the Vale of Rheidol steam railway makes its way up the steep valley side towards Devils Bridge.
If you pass the attractions listed below and make your way to the end of the valley the secret industrial past becomes apparent.
The EON Visitors Centre has interactive exhibits on the Cwm Rheidol Hydro-electric scheme
At the Magic of Life Butterfly House
there is fun to be had for all of the family to experience the many varied species of butterflies.
The Rheidol riding centre
is situated in the centre of the picturesque Rheidol Valley, four miles from the coastal town of Aberystwyth, the centre boasts two floodlit indoor and outdoor riding maneges, a showjumping and full novice cross country course and fantastic trekking around the Rheidol Valley.
Also available are stable management and lecture facilities.
Open 7 days a week, 365 days a year, prior booking is essential.