Objective 5: Access and sustainable use for built heritage sites within Elan
5a – Increasing access to Elan’s Archaeological and Built Heritage
Much of Elan’s diverse heritage is not currently visible or accessible to the visitor. We will enable safe public access to five new heritage sites on Elan which will enhancing people’s visit to Elan and give them a better understanding of its heritage. Potential sites include the half built Dolymynach Dam in the Claerwen Valley, the Dam Busters site at Nant y Gro, the World War 2 pill boxes, the Roman Marching Camp and the Cwm Elan Mine.
5b – Resident Engineers House
This project will undertake the renovation of the currently redundant Resident Engineers House at Pen-y-Garreg which still retains almost all its original Victorian period features. The building will be sympathetically restored and its future condition safeguarded by developing a sustainable use as accommodation for artists, scientists and volunteers. This will in turn enrich their experience of Elan, enabling them to stay overnight and really connect with the natural environment.
5c – Cwm Clyd Farmstead
This project will undertake the renovation of the currently redundant 18th century Cwm Clyd Farmstead, a collection of three stone buildings. The buildings will sympathetically restored and their future condition safeguarded by developing a sustainable use as accommodation suitable for outdoor groups, youth groups and volunteers enabling them to stay and experience first hand the ‘wilds’ of Elan.
5d – Dam Builders Hut
At the turn of the century Elan village and the area around the current visitor centre would have housed hundreds of dam builders huts housing the thousands of dam construction workers. This project will relocate and restore a dam builders hut, making it accessible to the public giving them valuable insight into how the dam builders lived during the construction period. The hut will also be used as a training centre and as offices for the Elan Links Landscape Partnership.