Elan Valley Estate

Book Tickets Online

About

The Elan Valley Trust (formally Welsh Water Elan Trust) are responsible for much of the landed estate known as the 'Elan Valley'. They work in partnership with Dwr Cymru Welsh Water (DCWW) in a number of areas including providing an varied and enjoyable events programme and guide each year.

The Trust also has four holiday cottages and is Landlord to the estates tea room and B&B; Penbont House Tea Rooms and B&B.

The area attracts more than 400,000 visitors annually and a good starting point for all is the Elan Valley Visitor Centre (run by DCWW) which has a wide variety of information and educational and interactive resources.

For those wishing to stay in the area the nearby town of Rhayader has a wide choice of accommodation and facilities. The Elan Estate can also offer self catering accommodation in cottages and farmhouses on the Estate. You should also check out our joint website for things to do and see on the Elan Valley throughout the year: www.elanvalley.org.uk

About the Elan Estate
The Elan Estate is the largest single area of land owned by any of the national water companies and has been managed to protect the quality and quantity of the reservoired water since 1892. The 70 square miles of moorland, bog, woodland, river and reservoir are of national importance for their diversity of lower plants and the Estate is the most important area for land birds in Wales.

The Estate consists of rounded hills dissected by steep valleys, many of which are covered in deciduous woodland dominated by Sessile Oak. The better soils of the valley bottoms are now mostly submerged under the reservoirs. These habitats are grazed with the traditional Welsh Mountain sheep which are small, very hardy and can tolerate harsh mountain conditions. The sheep do not have docked tails, the naturally long tails protect their udders from chilling winds.

The gathering of sheep still takes place using quads and horseback with the help of several collie dogs and if you are able to view this farming activity it is quite the spectacle.

There are still a handful of semi-wild Welsh Mountain Ponies on the hills of the Elan Valley. This breed of pony were often taken to be pit ponies in the South Wales coal mines.

Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

The majority of the Estate is included in a Special Protection Area under the EC Directive on Wild Birds and falls within the Cambrian Mountains Environmentally Sensitive Area. In addition, over 6,000 ha of the Estate is included in three Special Areas of Conservation under the EC Habitats Directive.

Almost 80% of the Estate is contained within 12 separately designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). These cover a range of habitats, from unimproved pasture and species-rich meadows to ancient woodland, upland mire and the major upland block within the boundary of the 20,000ha Elenydd SSSI.

Book Tickets

Facilities

Catering

  • Picnic site

Children

  • Children welcome

Groups

  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits

Property Facilities

  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Map & Directions

Road Directions

The Elan Valley can be accessed easily from Rhayader which is on the intersection of the main A470 (North/South) and the A44 which comes from the East.

By Car: The Elan Valley is 3 miles from the town of Rhyader on an unclassified road leading from the B4518. The town of Rhyader is crossed by the main A470 (North/South) and A44 (East) roads.

By Public Transport: Rhayader has no train station (the nearest being Llandrindod Wells) but is connected by a local bus network. The Elan Valley is connected by local public transport via Rhayader on request/pre-booking ONLY.

www.traveline-cymru.info

The nearest railway station is Llandrindod Wells, which is 15 miles away.

Elan Valley Estate

Type:Valley

Elan Valley Estate, Elan Estate Office, Elan Village, RHAYADER, Powys, LD6 5HP

Add Elan Valley Estate to your Itinerary

Close window

Call direct on:

Tel01597 810449

What's Nearby

  1. Carngafallt is a wonderful place to see birds or simply enjoy the view. The moorland…

    0.28 miles away
  2. The Elan Valley Estate in Powys, Mid Wales is truly epic and sprawls over 72 square…

    0.3 miles away
  3. Stacked with textiles, art, jewellery photographs, prints and ceramics from a host of…

    3.17 miles away
  4. The Gigrin Red Kite Centre on the outskirts of Rhayader is an upland sheep farm providing…

    3.31 miles away
  1. Nannerth Country Holidays have small private nature reserve with a nature trail and a…

    4.32 miles away
  2. Quackers is an indoor and outdoor play centre and facilities include the Cowshed Cafe,…

    6.9 miles away
  3. Two areas of upland sessile oak woodland connected by a recently felled conifer…

    7.37 miles away
  4. The Cors y Llyn Reserve is one of several mires in the old county of Radnorshire and is…

    7.73 miles away
  5. A broadleaved woodland that sits alongside the River Ithon. Teeming with birds and…

    7.96 miles away
  6. Radnorshire Museum

    The Radnorshire Museum, part of Powys County Council's Museum Service, can be found in…

    8.27 miles away
  7. The National Cycle Museum has approximately 250 machines on display within the 6,000…

    8.33 miles away
  8. The 13-acre Llandrindod Lake, an unexpected feature of the town with a magnificent dragon…

    8.53 miles away
  9. Abergwesyn Commons, on the southern edge of the Mid Wales Cambrian Mountains, is a wild…

    9.21 miles away
  10. Llyn Teifi is the largest of a group of six pools and reservoirs in Mid Wales in the…

    9.46 miles away
  11. Alex Allpress Pottery Schools run bespoke, half day and full day Experience Days, Family…

    10.88 miles away
  12. Strata Florida Abbey or Ystrad Fflur as it is known locally, is on the western edge of…

    11.51 miles away
Previous Next

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss