This page lists some of the principal activities, events and attractions around the Secret Wales area. Please click on the activity that interests you below.

Watersports     Fishing      Horse-riding      Shooting      Cycling       Mountain Biking     Motorbiking      Walking       Birdwatching        Music and Recording      Relaxation, Health and Wellbeing     Shopping            Outdoor Activities           Arts and Crafts           More Options......



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Capel Bethania
Secret Wales
SY10 0NJ.

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Are you looking for a great day out that’s suitable for the whole family?

Look no further than Bethania Adventure Watersports. Bethania Adventure provides canoeing, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing on Lake Vyrnwy, one of the most beautiful lakes in Wales and many other dry land activities that are suitable for the complete beginner and the more experienced individual. Bethania Adventure’s helpful and friendly staff are here to help you get the most out of your visit by providing a safe and fun environment.

Buoyancy aids are provided for all customers. Guest boats are allowed on the lake for a small launch fee. Boats will be checked for seaworthiness and they must be launched from the boathouse slipway strictly while the safety boat is on the water.

Enjoy the lake from one of our two or three seat Canadian canoes and with a quick briefing are easy enough to paddle. If you feel a bit more adventurous try one of our single seat kayaks where you can go out individually or with a group of friends. Tuition is also available as one-on-one or in a group of up to eight people per instructor.


At Bethania Adventure we have a fleet of sailing dinghies ranging from a topper (single handed sailing) to family sailing in the wayfarer (up to five per boat). Sailing boats can be self sailed for the competent sailor or as a helmed boat for those that just want a sailing experience or would like to brush up on their skills.

The centre has a wide range of windsurf rigs and boards available for hire. These can be for the absolute beginner who wants a taster of this exhilarating sport or for the experienced sailor who wants to sail on this beautiful lake.


If you decide to participate in a watersport that you may get very wet in (windsurfing, topper sailing, kayaking) you may wish to hire a wetsuit from the centre for a small fee.

The boathouse is staffed from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on weekends and during holiday periods from Easter to October. The centre is available all year round for booked groups.    

Other Activities   Abseiling, Archery, Blind sisal, Canoeing, Camping, Expeditions, Obstacle course, Orienteering, River crossings, Raft building, Rock climbing, Sailing, Swiftwater rescue, Whitewater rafting, Windsurfing and the Vyrnwy Challenge.


Lake Vyrnwy Hotel       Bluebell Park


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Game Fishing is available on the lake through the Lake Vyrnwy Hotel who own the fishing and shooting rights. Boats are available for hire and details call 01691 870692 or visit the website . See our fishing tariff.

Fly fishing on the Vyrnwy Reservoir

Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa has the exclusive fishing rights over the 1,100 acres of the Vyrnwy reservoir. Fly fishing at Lake Vyrnwy started in 1818 after the lake was flooded and stocked with 40,000 Loch Leven brown trout. This reservoir is the world’s second oldest manmade trout fishery. The hotel holds a collection of stuffed trout, together with all the fishing registers since the lake opened, making this one of the most important collections of piscatorial ephemera in private hands. Today fishing is for wild brown and stocked brown and rainbow trout, ensuring good sport throughout the season. There are 10 boats on the lake, quietly powered by electric engines.

Fishing Tariff 2011

(All prices include battery and engine)

Day Ticket Half Day

£40.00 Per Person £30.00 Per Person

£55.00 - 2 Sharing £40.00 - 2 Sharing

Health and safety note: life preservers must now be worn whilst on the water.

Bag Limit: 4 fish per rod - then catch and release on barbless hooks

Evening Fishing: £17.50 per person – Available after 6pm

15% Discount Available for those under 14 or Over 60: (On the above rates)

GHILLIES are available and need to be pre-booked through the hotel.


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Bluebell Park
SY21 0EY

Contact: Barry & Mary Morris

Tel: 01938 820 424



Our Coarse Fishery is open all year from 8.30a.m. – dusk / 9p.m. Visit our website for further details

Situated on the roadside of the A458 (between Welshpool and Mallwyd) with easy access, convenient parking to a reception area of office for sales, tackle and bait, a kitchen for food and drinks, toilet and shower, right by the lakes. All facilities disability friendly. Guide dogs allowed. Other dogs can be kennelled by booking arrangements.

Forgotten your rod or never fished before and fancy a taster or some coaching? No problem, we hire out all the gear. There is a choice of two landscaped pools, stocked with Carp, Tench, Roach, Rudd, Bream and Chubb. Enjoy a relaxing day’s fishing or join in on some of our programmed events.

Extend your fishing experience by camping on our site either with nature in our semi-natural woodland with facilities for a camp fire, BBQ’s and picnic areas or on a flat enclosed area by the lakes with parking proximity.

Or if you don’t fancy fishing why not have a go at some remote control boating or even kayaking on our new lakes which are open to proficient users. Equipment hire and or tuition for novices can be arranged with advanced booking.

No night fishing is allowed.




Stabling is available at Cyfie Farm . The Dyfnant Forest above the lake has some 64Kms of bridle ways for free use by the public.


Free entry   Open all the time.

All events can be found on the website:- www.

Great riding fun – breathtaking surroundings

  • Beautiful surroundings
  • Peace and quiet
  • Safety


Dyfnant Forest is home to the Dyfnant Rainbow Trails, designed with horses in mind but also welcoming walkers and leisure cyclists.

The Rainbow Trails are a series or trails of varying distances throughout the forest and over to outstanding views of Lake Vyrnwy all mapped out in our brochure which is available from the building in the main car park at Penn y ffordd on the B4395 or from Hendre Car Park

There are 5 waymarked trails starting from the Penyffordd Car Park. The trails through rolling hills and lush green valleys range from the easiest which is the 5 mile Banwy Trot or, for the more experienced, two 16 milers for a full day's ride.
Penyffordd Car Park is purpose built with a one way system that allows drivers of horse boxes a roll in roll out system. There is ample parking for horse trailers and cars as well as a corral for horses .  The three carriage driving trails in the Dyfnant Forest start from Hendre Car Park just before Pont Llogel.

.  There are picnic areas, corals for the horses and shelter at both parks.  Enjoy the beauty of the forest on your own or at one of our events throughout the year starting on Good Friday with a get together through to the Mince Pie and Mulled Wine event in December. 

Free entry   Open all the time.

All events can be found on the website:-




Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa Clay pigeon shooting range

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Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa,
Lake Vyrnwy,
Nr Oswestry,
SY10 0LY,

Tel: 01691 870692,
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Please contact our Head Game Keeper John Roberts on  07870 224771 for availability details.
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Whether you are already an expert, or you simply wish to try a new experience, you'll appreciate the enjoyment of this challenging sport! We operate a fully automated 8 range layout which is suitable for beginners and experienced shots (Min age of 14 applies)

Introduction clays

£40.00 per person, per session based on 30 clays. (Gun, cartridges and instruction inclusive of charge)

Experienced clays

£25.00 per hundred. Cartridges from £6.00 per box 25. (Quantity shot is entirely up to the individual)


Mon – Sat 10.00 – 3.30 (Autumn/Winter)

Mon – Sat 10.00 – 4.30 (Spring/Summer)

(Booking essential to avoid disappointment on the day)  Please contact our main reception on 01691 870692 to book your clay shooting

Game shooting on the estate

Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa own the shooting rights over the 24,000 acre Vyrnwy Estate.

 Driven game shooting


Driven game shooting is also available on the estate from October – January. Please contact our Head Game Keeper John Roberts on 07870 224771 for further details.

 Rough Shooting


Rough shooting is available from October – January (Subject to availability).

Please contact our Head Game Keeper John Roberts on 07870 224771 for availability details.

Non-resident rough shooting package - £250.00 + VAT per person (Packed lunch included)




Artisans Cycle Hire      Lake Vyrnwy Cycle Hire

Artisans Cycle Hire


The Old Sawmill,
Lake Vyrnwy,
or give us a ring on 01691 870317.

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A coffee shop, gifts, crafts & cycle hire all rolled into one! Contained within The Old Sawmill and just two minutes' walk from the dam at Lake Vyrnwy. Why not hire a bike or even a tandem from Artisans ? Then take a pleasant, easy ride around the lake. Experience the unique beauty of the rolling hills and just enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Welsh countryside. When you return after your ride or walk, come and have a coffee and a snack at Artisans, where the coffee is good and the cake is great!

Take time out to browse around our gift shop to see if there is just that little something for you to take home & remind you of your fantastic day out.


To book, just call us on:

01691 870 377

Or email us at

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The Old Barn Cafe is a 2 minutes ‘walk from the Vyrnwy Dam and provide a cycle hire facility.

One of the best ways to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Lake Vyrnwy is to cycle around it.    

The ride around the lake is very flat, which makes it suitable for all fitness abilities and all ages. It is believed to be a 12 miles ride.

 It would take you between 1 hour to 2 hours to complete the ride, there are as well a few possible sightseeing spots or stops along the route ( the waterfall, bird hides, picnic areas, etc).

Our rates are available on our website:   

 We do recommend booking the bikes with us as they are not always available .

To book, just call us on: 01 691 870 377

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Recording studios            Gift experiences            Discos, disco-karaoke and sound equipment

Songwriting course at the Beehouse

The Beehouse Recording Studio     

SY22 5JG

Our Studio Website      Recording Studio Gift Experiences      email us

The Beehouse is a professional high-spec recording studio 13 miles from Lake Vyrnwy offering a variety of activities for music-loving tourists and visitors as well as local residents. We are based near Llanfyllin in a unique location and offer not only standard high calibre flexible and versatile recording racilities, but great music production services, with specialist Songwriting Days and Music Production courses, mastering, MP3 production, EAN and ISRC coding and internet promotions. If you're a musician or singer, a day at the Beehouse is the icing on the cake to a holiday spent in the vicinity of the Lake.

Covering a very wide range of musical genres, the Beehouse also provides a superb array of professional equipment and expertise, resulting in commercial quality recordings at great prices. We are also able to publish, sell and promote your music.

You can see some of our ongoing projects here.

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We also offer recording studio experience days for singers and musicians which are ideal for special birthday gifts, birthday parties for the young and old alike, hen parties, stag parties and any other rainy day when you feel like singing in a Welsh valley and taking home a unique and special souvenir.

Experiences are also available for any instrument or for budding songwriters or producers.

Why not book in at the studio and stop overnight in one of the superb bed and breakfasts available nearby to make sure you're fresh for your big day? And whilst your recording, your partner or family can either stay or spend a day at Lake Vyrnwy, walking, cycling,bird-watching or relaxing with one of the other activities that's available?

Recording Studio Day Vouchers can be emailed instantly - great for Christmas and birthdays. You can 'phone up on spec but we do prefer advanced bookings, which become especially important in the Summer.

See the recording options and make your booking here - recording day gifts


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MantraSound Discos, which is an offshoot of the Beehouse, provides exciting tailored discos and karaoke parties, ideally for weddings, family and corporate events. The DJ and karaoke packages offer an experienced and popular mobile DJ with PLI and PAT tested equipment who will also provide a personalised playlist for your event, making the whole evening much more individual, and ensuring that the music is to your taste. MantraSound is in fact a UK-wide agency with its management hub and premier DJ located in Powys, and so it maintains very high standards, whilst also being just on the doorstep for visiting events, weddings and organised holiday nights.

Additionally, MantraSound offers a PA Hire Service for events in the Lake Vyrnwy area and further afield. Available are a variety of packages for DIY discos, bands, conferences and also some outdoor events, which are all offered with an engineer to set up, demonstrate, test, break down and take away at the end, leaving you free to present your own event professionally
- 01691 649044

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RELAXATION, HEAlth and wellbeing


Lake Vyrnwy lies just to the south of Snowdonia. The clean air, utter peace and tranquillity, celtic spirituality, nature, spectacular scenery and clean air make this an ideal base to recharge you batteries and to put life back into perspective. There are two Spas in the vicinity of the Lake, and a variety of activities which you may find relaxing and refreshing.            


1. The Lake Vyrnwy Hotel has a spa therapy complex and offers spa breaks – contact for details. Click here to see spa details .

2. Cyfie Farm has a hot tub and sauna spa complex available for exclusive hire by guests (see picture below) This complex is housed in the old pig sty and has spectacular views accoss the width of Wales. Call 01691 648451 or visit for details.

Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa

“The award winning spa with a view”

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E-mail - - or call our Spa Reception 01691 870917.(Voted 4 bubbles by “The Good Spa Guide")

Be ready to be really pampered:
Enjoy everything you’d expect from a top class spa—a relaxing experience, treatments, and a fitness centre.

8-person spa pool looking over the lake - Dry sauna - A range of therapies and treatments - Treatment rooms - Aromatherapy salt inhalation room - Arabian Rasul mud therapy chamber - Monsoon shower - Fragrant mist shower - Heated tepidarium loungers - all with a view - Ice station

We also have a Technogym fitness suite, for a complete body workout. We provide you with a dressing gown, towels and slippers - all you need to bring is your swimwear and yourself.

Half Day Express Package £60 (3hrs) Package includes - full use of the thermal Suite, an Arabian Mud Rasul and a file and polish to finish. Day packages (from 10am - 4pm unless otherwise stated)

Introductory (Group) day package 2-3 people £90 each, 4-6 people £80 each, 7+ people £70 each

Suggestion: Enjoy a day of relaxation with friends or family, combining the de-stressing treatments of a 20 minute back, neck and shoulder massage and an express facial. An Arabian Rasul Mud treatment will complete the day. All day spa packages include a welcome fruit drink and a light lunch in the hotel restaurant and full use of the thermal suite and multi gym.




To book checkout our Facebook or web page:

or email us at

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Set in over 100 acres of woodland on the edge of the beautiful village of Llangynog, Revolution Bike Park is a new downhill mountain biking centre which opened in 2011. With a 300m high hill the park offers tracks that will offer a challenge to downhill riders whether novices or professionals.

The park offers uplifts on weekend days for up to 30 people and is also available during the week for private parties of up to 10.

The parks dedicated team are constantly building and enhancing the tracks so check out our facebook page for the latest pics and info.





Maintenance Course      Enduro Experience     Trials Experience      Trail Ride

Find us at:- or call Rich on 07702 966740 or 01691 870 542

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Maintenance Course

Come and join us for a day learning how to look after your off road motorbike. This course is designed for the beginner and covers all you need to know about how to look after your bike whether it be a Honda or a KTM. You will be taught through a number of practical, hands on exercises.

Enduro Experience

Whether you’re a seasoned off roader or a complete novice, we have a great day out for any bikers out there who want to get down and dirty! Even if you’re not a biker, we’re not prejudiced! All our off road motorbike training schools in the UK are on private land so there is no need for you to have a licence. The only requirement is that you want a challenge and a great day out!


Trials Experience

Trials experience days are a great way to learn new bike skills whether you’re a road rider or an old hand at Enduro. Even if you have never ridden a bike before, it is a great introduction as the bikes are lighter and lower to the ground than any other type of bike. Everyone can benefit from our Trials days.

Trail Ride in the Heart of Wales

Join Steph for a day exploring the best of Wales. Meeting at the   Nick Sanders  Expedition Centre, Nr Machynlleth, you will make your way through the rolling landscape of Mid Wales, taking in woodlands, some of Wales   best biking roads  and   green lanes,  leading to the breathtaking valleys and lakes of the Berwyn Mountains. You will not be disappointed with this tour. No off road experience necessary.

Of course you will need a bike licence for this trip as we will be taking in all the best roads.

Find us at:- or call Rich on 07702 966740 or 01691 870 542




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Each season brings a different experience at the RSPB Reserve at Lake Vyrnwy.
Please visit the RSPB page for more information.

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A coffee shop, gift shop, crafts & cycle hire all rolled into one! Contained within The Old Sawmill and just two minutes' walk from the dam at Lake Vyrnwy. Why not hire a bike or even a tandem from Artisans ? Then take a pleasant, easy ride around the lake. Experience the unique beauty of the rolling hills and just enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Welsh countryside. When you return after your ride or walk, come and have a coffee and a snack at Artisans, where the coffee is good and the cake is great!

Take time out to browse around our gift shop to see if there is just that little something for you to take home & remind you of your fantastic day out. For more details visit our website at : or give us a ring on 01691 870317.

Artisans, The Old Sawmill, Lake Vyrnwy, Oswestry SY10 ONA.

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Llanfyllin Workhouse    Valley Arts & Crafts      Mirage Glass        Tanat Art Gallery at Llangedwyn Mill




Nestled in a curve of the River Tanat, the Mirage Glass workshop at Llangedwyn Mill is only a stone’s throw from Lake Vyrnwy. We have been working in stained glass since 1978, designing and making windows, panels, lamps, glass jewellery and more. Our work has ended up all over the world! We are open all year round, Tuesday to Saturday, 10am till 4pm, other times by appointment. For more information check our website; or call us on 01691 780 618. Visitors are always welcome!

Johan & Wolfe van Brussel
Mirage Glass
Llangedwyn Mill
Llanrhaeadr-Ym -Mochnant
SY10 9LD

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Valley Arts and Crafts is an association of local arts and crafts people come together to market and promote their work. Founded in 2005, we now have many members with an astonishing variety of art and craft. You will find a wide selection of crafts at our Lake Vyrnwy Gallery and Shop including textiles, ceramics, jewellery, metalwork, woodwork and art. We are a cooperative enterprise, our shop is manned by the artists and we assure you of a friendly welcome.

If you are an artist or craft worker living and working in the area then you may be interested in joining our group.

Come and talk to the artists/craft workers and see our unique gifts made locally, here in Wales.

Valley Arts and Crafts
3, Vyrnwy Craft Centre
SY10 0LZ

01691 870386
Contact: Secretary: Pam Parnell on 01691 860188 or email

Based on the outskirts of Llanfyllin. Y Dolydd is one of the few remaining Victorian Workhouses.

A community project works to preserve this historic building and bring it back to life. There are presently 12 units rented to individuals working in arts and crafts. A Venue where live events are held to raise funds and a gallery set up for exhibitions from local artists.

There are many events throughout the year which are aimed at raising funds to restore the building and make necessary improvements to the grounds.

To be part of this why not take out a membership – every member helps to make this project work. Check out the website for more information:-

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Change your mind to change your life.

Jean works with survivors of abuse and people who want to sort out their lives in order to have better relationships and be able to create their own future rather than being at the effect of others. By improving the way you communicate you receive better responses thereby enhancing your life.

"She works with body, mind and spirit to assist you to release negative energies and emotions in order for you body to heal itself and work more efficiently in order that you attain your maximum potential in life" 

Contact: Jean Tel: 07885 806428

KENNELCLIPS (Established 1992)

Professional Dog Grooming.

* Experienced in all Breeds.

* Friendly personal service.

Tel:- Lois 07753 940 845




Slope Zorbing or Bumper Ball Football Games


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Situated at Llanwddyn within the amazing and picturesque parkland of Secret Wales

Bumper Ball Football available to hire for your sports or outdoor facility

Experience the Extreme sport of ZORBING ! Roll me over in the Clover

Our two person harness Zorbs, Aqua Zorb and Bumper Balls are available for individual hire

Corporate and Team building events Birthdays, private parties, Stag and Hen days or “JUST FOR FUN “

We have the Balls, do you?

Age restrictions with terms and conditions apply.

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Breakaway Activities – Activities – Bunkhouse – Camping – B&B


Walking is one of the most obvious activities at the lake, with a huge amount of scope for whatever appeals.

Click here to download a printable map of the Lake Vyrnwy Circuit with attractions.

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Guided Walks and Off Road Cycle Routes can be organised for you with Breakaway Holidays. You can relax and enjoy the scenery with Barry Smith as your guide. Barry runs Breakaway Holidays, and is a Mountain Leader, Mountain First Aider and Experienced walker with over twenty three years of walking experience in the hills and mountains of this area.

Guided walks are available for all requirements . Barry will arrange gentle and moderate enjoyable walks for the occasional walker, taking you on little known routes where the sight of another walker is rare. The option of Fungi & Flora walks, Birdwatching and Nature Walks, in the company of our local wildlife expert Judy are also available . All walks are set at a pace to suit your group, giving you plenty of time to enjoy your walk, the scenery and the seclusion of this beautiful countryside.

For the more experienced walker, Barry will arrange full day, high or low level walks and scrambles on the remote wide ridges of southern Snowdonia including the Aranns, Berwyns, and Rhinogs. Easy scrambles can also be arranged.

Guided cycle rides for all abilities on forest tracks, quite lanes or off road routes, are also available.

Breakaway Holidays also offers Accommodation for Adult Groups at their traditional Welsh Long Cottage with converted barns and Annexe. Adult Group Breaks can also include an extensive range of Outdoor, Creative and Holistic activities.

Details can be found on our web site.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Lluest Fach
SY21 0PB

01938 820351





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