About BwlchySarnau


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High up in the Cambrian Mountains at over 1300 feet, you will find the sheep and cattle farming hamlet of Bwlchysarnau. The chapel and the community centre buildings, on the only cross-roads junction, define the location. If it were not for these, passers by might be forgiven for missing it altogether with it’s few largely tucked away farm houses and private properties.

Bwlchysarnau offers stunning views in all seasons. People are drawn to the tranquility and beauty of this haven for wildlife. It is notably a popular nesting spot for red kites, buzzards, owls and bats. Hikers through woodland trails may also be enchanted by the sight of beautiful red deer.

Bwlchysarnau is located directly on the Glyndwr’s Way National Trail midway between the west coast and the border with England. BwlchySarnau is also a welcome stop for riders of the IMBA TransCambrian Mountain Bike Epic.

Bwlch Y Sarnau is 5 miles from the Gilfach nature reserve. A 400 acre traditional hill farm and SSSI (site of special interest) where otters, weasels, stoats, polecats, water voles and bats can be found.

Ten miles from the village is situated the historic landscape of the Elan Valley, one of the most important sites for wildlife in Wales.

The hamlet is in the parish of Abbey-Cwm-Hir in the Old Radnorshire County of Powys.


The closest town, Rhayader (pop 2,000 ) is 5 miles away. There you can find shops, GP/Dental surgeries and a primary school. Also available are cafes, pubs, restaurants, the library, the leisure centre with pool and a gallery/museum. The market town of Llanidloes is 7 miles away. Tesco and Aldi stores can be found at Llandrindod Wells 12 miles away (about 25 mins drive)

The nearest railway station is Pen y bont 7 miles away. Newtown station is 12 miles or 25 mins drive with fast trains to Birmingham and London.