Elan Valley – Apr’24

A nice trip and something a little different to our normal group accommodation, with some small apartments in the centre of Rhayader town giving everyone lots of opportunities to eat out, eat in and do what they wanted on the trip.

Mid-Wales is a bit of a hidden gem and the multiple reservoirs and dams of the Elan valley offer incredible sights and some great walking.

2024 has been an incredibly wet one and so we were thankful for the first real warm & sunny weekend of the year. Saturdays walk was around 13 miles covering the northern Craig Goch Reservoir and central Penygarreg Reservoir coming back via the bog of doom and back into Rhayader. Actually it was really only this one area up top that caused us any problems and we were pleasantly surprised by how dry the rest of the paths were.

Sundays walk was a nice 7 miles along the banks the southern Caban-coch reservoir along with a couple of cheeky climbs to keep everyone on their toes. An unexpected highlight was a smaller dam that was in ruins – a nearby plaque described how it was used for practise for the dam busters and which eventually led to the development of the bouncing bomb.

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