Cwmdauddwr: St Bride’s
About this Churchyard
St Bride’s churchyard is in the centre of the village of Cwmdauddwr, next to the mid-Wales town of Rhayader in Powys. The churchyard is very large and is the resting place of at least several hundred persons. It is the traditional burial ground for Cwmdauddwr Village and the Elan Valley’s Nantgwyllt Chapel of Ease. The churchyard is about 80% full and is still open to new burials.
A recent survey commissioned by CfGA described the churchyard as a ‘herb-rich grassland’ with 14 high quality species identified with 68 species in total such as mouse-ear hawkweed, rough hawkbit and common catsear present throughout. Other nice acid grassland species were also present in small patches including heath speedwell and heath bedstraw. The policy of the church’s congregational meeting is to mow the grass bi-annually leaving several unmown patches to allow flowering and pollination.
The best time to visit is the spring and summer. The Gwastedyn trail links the seven churches of the Parish with a gorgeous walk around the banks of the River Wye and the Elan Valley. Details are available online.
- Wildflower areas
- Good accessibility
- Peaceful space for quiet reflection
Priest-in-Charge: Revd Lance Sharpe
The Church building is locked except for a short time in the summer. However, the churchyard is open 24/7.
The churchyard is level throughout with a tarmacked drive leading to the church.
There is a bench next to the church.
There are some very well-kept public toilets about 20 yards from the car park adjacent to the churchyard off the main road to the right towards Rhayader. They are accessible to wheelchair users.
Parking & Transport
There is a public car park opposite the churchyard gate
There are bus stops in Cwmdauddwr and Rhayader. The nearest train station with bus links is in Llandrindod Wells.
The nearest café is the Lost Ark just over the bridge into Rhayader and turn left opposite Water Lane.