Craig Goch Elan Valley
Craig Goch Elan Valley
The Elan Valley has 5 beautiful reservoirs which can be explored on foot, by bike and by car.

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Rhayader and the Elan Valley

Rhayder and The Elan Valley

Rhayader, the first town on the River Wye, is said to be the oldest in mid Wales. Sitting in the heart of the Cambrian Mountains at the upper end of the Elan Valley, Rhayader has a long history as a market town.

The location is a natural crossroads between east, west, north and south and Rhayader has welcomed travellers for centuries. Visitors are attracted to the area by the beautiful scenery that is criss-crossed with an abundance of walking and cycling trails and bridleways and the picturesque Elan Valley Reservoirs.

In days gone by it was a very important staging post, especially for the London to Aberystwyth line. The journey from Rhayader to Aberystwyth today (along the B4574) is described by the AA as being one of the top 10 most scenic in the world.

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Elan Valley Reservoirs ...

The Elan Valley reservoirs were built in the late 1800's to provide water for the population of industrialised Birmingham which was suffering from interminable epidemics of water borne diseases. The work was begun in 1894 and opened by King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra in 1904, the entire project cost £6 million which is around £240 million in today’s money.

The worker’s village, designed by Herbert Tudor Buckland is the only purpose built Arts and Crafts model Village in Wales and the Nant-y-Gro Reservoir was the test site for the Dambusters bombing experiments in 1942.

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