Featured events

Elan Valley is a place of peace and tranquillity - but it never stops. There is always something to see, whether it is the natural changes of the seasons to organised events within the Estate. We will keep you posted of planned events in this section of the site.

The following is a list of featured events happening at Elan Valley but there is always an upcoming activity for your diary so click through the menu on the left to see everything that may interest you.

Download the 2016/2017 Events Guide here: English | Cymraeg

Exhibition: Rhayader Art Group

Fri 1 Jul to Fri 30 Sep
/ 10.00am - 16.00hrs

Rhayader Art Group return by popular demand to showcase their collective local talent.

Originals, prints and cards will be on sale. The artists can very often be found working on a project. They delight in talking about their work, and are happy to receive commisions.

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Dragons and Damsels

A fun afternoon of pond dipping - suitable for all the family. Booking is essential - only 20 places available. 01597 810880. Meet at Dol y Mynach layby.


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Living in the Hills : A Summer Evening Stroll

Join Sorcha Lewis for an evening ramble of approximately 2.5 miles with a gradual incline through the woods onto the open hill to take in the spectacular views of the Elan Valley.
Sorcha can share knowledge of the local wildlife and farming through the ages within this unique area of Mid Wales.
Bring suitable insect repellent.
Meet for 6.30pm at Gwaelod y Rhos car park  SN 902673




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Cwm Elan Mines Experience

Join Elan Valley Trustee, Bob Vaughan, on a 5 mile circular walk to explore the history and remains of the Cwm Elan Mines.
Meet for 10am at Nantgwyllt Church car park  SN 909639

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Dam Open Day

Join our Rangers at one of our big Dam Open Days - an exclusive chance to venture into Pen y Garreg Dam and up to the central tower. You’ll enjoy a bird's-eye view of the dam wall – and learn about the feat of engineering that made Elan.  
Park at Penbont car park and take a walk through the woodland, up the steps to the dam entrance.
There are steps inside the dam which may be wet and in some areas there are low light levels. Children should be carefully supervised at all times.

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Garreg Ddu Roundabout

Complete the Garreg Ddu roundabout with Max Walker.
A moderately strenuous 9 mile walk taking in enclosed farmland, open hill and reservoir fringe. 
Bring a packed lunch.  All day event
Meet for 10am at Elan Valley Visitor Centre


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Navigation Workshop

Join Terry Smith a Mid Wales Orienteering Club member for a hands-on day of map and compass reading.  With both theory and practical application  this workshop will improve your understanding of maps and access to the countryside.

Starts at 10am - 3pm
(approx finish time) at Elan Valley Visitor Centre

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Dambusters Walk

A 4 mile guided walk to learn about the area, including the remains of Nant y Gro Dam which was used for tests before the WW2 Dambusters Raid. There is a steep climb of 40m up the steps to the top of the dam and then a very steep 140m climb. Meet at the Visitor Centre.

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The Foel Experience

Guided energetic 7 mile walk led by Tudor Davies.  This circular hill walk visits "Y Foel" cairn and passes the highest farmhouse ruins on the Elan Estate whilst exploring the open hills above Y Foel and taking in the great valley veiws.  
Please bring a drink, packed lunch, stout footwear and suitable clothing.
Remember also your camera and binoculars.
Meet for 10am at Foel Car Park,  SN 914645  All day event.

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Railway Ramble

A gentle 3 mile walk following the line of the old railway from the Visitor Centre to Cwmdauddwr, looking at historical features of interest along the way. 

A lift back to the Visitor Centre will be available afterwards.  

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