A lifestyle blog written by a Welsh lady living in Wales.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Escape to Elan Valley

Elan Valley is one of the most beautiful places in Mid Wales, nestled in the Cambrian Mountains. It is situated to the west of Rhayader, and is sometimes referred to as the Welsh Lake District. It has no less than 72 square miles of unspoilt nature, reservoirs and magnificent dams, and makes for a fantastic day out.

David and I drove to Elan Valley on a cold, crisp day in November. Upon our arrival, we could see a dusting of snow on the mountains, which made it look all the more beautiful. We enjoyed a leisurely drive around the reservoirs, stopping off occasionally to stretch our legs, and had some lunch at the Visitor Centre. I love it here because it feels so isolated, but it's close enough for a day trip (it's just a couple of hours from Cardiff and Birmingham). David said that the area reminded him of Scotland and Canada, and I can see why; it's a wonderfully remote and rugged landscape. Click here for directions to Elan Valley.
Did I mention that we have lots of sheep in Wales?!
The dams were built over a hundred years ago to supply clean water to Birmingham. It was an epic feat of civil engineering, and they really are amazing to see close up.

I hope you've enjoyed the photos! Thank you for reading, Angharad x



  1. I've not been here yet but these lovely pictures make me want to go, the dam looks really impressive! :)

    1. Thank you, Jamie! I love Elan Valley...definitely one to add to the list :)

  2. I've never been to Elan Valley but it does look lovely. I always think it's near Lake Vyrnwy but it's nowhere near! Is this one of the dams that Richard Hammond drove that Land Rover up the side?

    1. Hi Becster! Yes, Richard Hammond from Top Gear drove up the side of one of these dams in a Land Rover. Scary stuff! Thank you for your comment :)


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