Cwm Rheidol Reservoir – Walks in Wales

 

Rheidol Hydro Scheme

The Rheidol scheme welcomes visitors who have an interest in Hydro or a general interest in renewable energies.

The visitors centre gives tours around the main facilities, which is provided free of charge. There is something for the younger members of the family with an educational model on display for those with curious hands. Of course there is a cafe for those who want to relax with views across the reservoir. The centre is open daily from 1st May – 30th Sept.

The centre works closely with the Environment Agency, which is very evident. The site has vast heather beds and has been given an SSSI (Sites of Special Scientific Interest) status. If you catch them when they are in flower it turns the views into an array of colours.

If you are lucky you may see a few bats flying around at dusk. The centre has a colony of bats inside the store and visitors centre. They are amazing to watch as they zip around chasing the local insects.

The river is an integral part of the health of the surrounding habitats. The power company have created an artificial fish ladder so the migrating Salmon and Trout still have the ability to return home to their spawning points. The ladder rises 6 metres. You can see the fish using the ladder when the season occurs.

There is also a butterfly farm near the centre for anyone who has an interest.