Rhayader Town Council, comprising of fourteen Councillors, represents the people of Rhayader & Cwmdauddwr.
Rhayader is a small market town situated in mid-Wales is a perfect base for exploring. The name Rhayader or Rhaeadr Gwy in Welsh means ‘waterfall on the Wye’.
Rhayader is a busy and historic market town in the north-west of the ancient county of Radnorshire. It is the first town on the banks of the River Wye and has long been a vital centre for the farming community with its flourishing livestock market serving a large rural area. The town lies at the crossroads of important routes from south to north and east to west through central Wales with a bridge over the River Wye. In the 18th and 19th century, sheep and cattle drovers traversed the Cambrian mountains destined for English market towns of Banbury, Hereford and London. The clock tower in the middle of Rhayader acting as the historic crossroad midway between North and South Wales and was a mid 19th century vital staging post on the famous coach road from Aberystwyth to London.