april, 2021

sat24apr10:00 am4:00 pmEvent OverClaerwen Dam And Elenydd Plateau10:00 am - 4:00 pm Garreg Ddu Car Park Event Organized By: Neal Batchelor

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Neal BatchelorI recently retired from the Telecoms industry and am passionate about the great outdoors of Wales so much so that I recently decided to move to West Wales to live after enjoying regular weekends and holidays here over many years and not really wanting to go home

Event Details


A spectacular but strenuous walk in the wilderness of the Elenydd plateau which begins at Nantgwllyt Chapel built by Birmingham Corporation to replace the lost chapel that was flooded when the Elan reservoirs were constructed in 1894. Our outward route takes us along the edge of Llanerchi Wood out onto the moorland of Rhos y Gelynnen for a true feeling of Cambrian Mountains wildness. It is unlikely we will encounter anyone here until we reach the minor road that rises steeply to the newest, tallest and largest of the Elan Dams, Claerwen. Here we can walk along the dam bridge to take photos of the beautiful valley below and the vast catchment area of this reservoir and the surrounding hills that have an almost savage aura.

We then skirt the eastern edge of the reservoir before heading out into the wilderness of the Dyfnant Valley, arguably walking in the wildest part of Mid Wales, passing below Craig Dyfant (539m) and on past Moelfryn (486m) to eventually reach the Elan Valley Dark Skies shelter on Tyllidiart Hill which is used for stargazing events.

Our return route takes us from the star gazing hut down through Gwaelod-y-Rhos forest to Penygarreg reservoir for more lovely views over the smallest Elan reservoir and the only one open to the public. Its then a short walk to reach Penbont House tea rooms for some refreshments (if time allows) before returning back to the car park along the western shoreline of another reservoir, Garreg Ddu which is clothed in delightful deciduous woodland.

**** Due to the length of this walk and its remote locations it will only run in late spring and summer so that there is sufficient daylight for navigation ****

More info

Height Gain : 500m Distance : 16km Time : 6hrs

What to bring

* Walking boots please
* Warm layers and waterproofs essential
* Packed lunch


Car Park next to Nantgwyllt Church, Garreg Ddu reservoir, Elan Valley.
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There is now and never has been any danger from Covid19 in any group situation outside anywhere in the world. Meeting others outdoors and walking in groups is and always has been safe.

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