Claerwen and Elan Valley

The 6 dams designed to supply water to Birmingham are undoubtedly the biggest draw to tourism in Rhyader, the Elan Valley and the Cambrian Mountains.

The Elan Valley Dams, known to some as the Rhayader Dams are a stones throw away from our self catering accommodation in Rhayader. In fact, the water you drink will have come from the very place.

There are four dams on the river Elan; Craig Goch, Penygarreg, Garreg Ddu, and Caban Coch. The river Claerwen has the newest, and largest Claerwen dam followed by the unfinished Dol-y-Mynach dam. Known as the Welsh Lake District, the man made waterfalls in Wales can be enjoyed from the Visitors Centre at the bottom of Caban Coch dam.

The Elan Valley reservoirs are surrounded by beautiful backdrops and historical landmarks, telling the story of the magnificent engineering methods used. Along the side of the reservoirs is the Elan Valley Trail, a particular favourite with its surfaced paths which follow the route of the old Elan Valley Railway. It is for use by walkers, horse riders and cyclists and suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. If you are more adventerous, you could not pick a better location for mountain biking in Wales. Hire bikes with us now, and have it waiting for you in the Elan Valley on the day you select.

There is open access over most of the 70 square mile Estate, and there are over 80 miles of designated rights of way. There are many walks and trails with a good mixture of lengths to cater for all, including nature trails and scenic walks. A popular place for fly fishing in Wales, the Elan Valley caters for all. After you visit, you can go back to Rhayader and relax in one of our self catering apartments and make Mid Wales memories.