Exhibition: Rhayader Art Group

Rhayader Art Group's "Summer Exhibition" showcases their range of talents with all original artwork for sale. Prints and greetings cards also available.

Open daily at the Visitor Centre.

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Elan Valley Walking Festival

Elan Valley Walking Festival

Come and join us between the 1st and 9th September on our third annual Walking Festival at the Elan Valley.

Click the events below to find out more:

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Ancient Sites of the Elan Valley

Join local enthusiasts David James and Vic Pardoe as they explore Bronze Age and Medieval sites around the Pont ar Elan area. This moderate 6.5 mile walk will take in the Pillow Mounds, Banc Cynnydd Cairns, Carn Nant Y Ffald, Carn Wen and finally, Rhiw Afon Cairn. Meet at Pont ar Elan car park SN 903716

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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 – 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.

Minimum entry £1 for adults and children.

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Cwm Elan Mines Experience

Cwm Elan Mines Experience

Join Elan Valley Trustee, Bob Vaughan on a 5 mile walk to explore the history and remains of Cwm Elan Lead Mines. You will also be able to see the recent stabilising works. Meet at Nantgwyllt car park SN 909639

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Planetarium Show: The Solar System at Elan Valley

Take a tour of the Solar System with Martin Nelmes from the University of Aberystwyth.

We will try to put the Solar System into perspective and present some interesting facts about various moons and planets. Plus we will cover some of the recent research by planetary scientists and what it tells us about the Solar System.

Four FREE Shows at 11am, 12 noon, 2pm and 3pm.

Places are limited so please book in advance by calling 01597 810880.

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Beginners Navigation Workshop

Beginners Navigation Workshop

Join Terry Smith 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. N.B. There is an advanced workshop being held on Saturday 19th May. Meet at the Visitor Centre SN 928646.

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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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Garreg Ddu Circuit

A 6 mile low-level reservoir circuit with some woodland and farmland paths as well as the Elan Valley Trail. Wear walking boots.

Meet at Nantgwyllt Church car park.

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Evening Talk: Brecon Mountain Rescue Team

Evening Talk: Brecon Mountain Rescue Team

Join Guest Speaker, Kevin Harding, of the Brecon Mountain Rescue Team. Kevin will talk about the work of BMRT, which is entirely staffed by highly trained volunteers who provide land based search and rescue in the Brecon Beacons and the Elan Valley areas, including the English borders and the Ceredigion coast. Meet at the Elan Valley Hotel SN 938658.

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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 40 metres up the steps to the top of the dam and then a very steep 140 metre climb.

Meet at the Visitor Centre.

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A Working Life in the Valley

A Working Life in the Valley

A rare opportunity to experience working life in the Elan Valley. During a moderate walk of 5 miles, we will be visiting two working farms on the Elan Estate. First, we will be visiting Troedrhiwdraen Farm, the home of Brian and Sorcha Lewis, who will show their traditional breeds of cattle and sheep and talk about their life. Secondly, we will be meeting a local shepherd Dean Addison at Penygarreg Farm, where he will give a sheepdog demonstration. This is a joint event with the Brecon Beacons Park Society.
Meet at Penbont car park SN 916674.

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Village Tour

Learn about the history of Caban Coch Dam, the workers’ village and other stories on this easy one mile walk.

Meet at the Visitor Centre.

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Two Counties and a Bothy

Two Counties and a Bothy

A moderate, circular 7 mile hill walk, setting off from the Dyfed/Powys border, onto Lluest Dolgwiail, following Afon Diluw until reaching the bothy at Nant Rhys. This is a joint event with the Brecon Beacons Park Society.
Meet at the Dyfed Powys border car park SN 853 758.

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Landscapes on Wood Workshop

Create your own mini landscape on wood with local artist and illustrator A.K.Skipsey.

Places are limited so please book in advance.

£20 per person, payable in advance.

Please contact the Elan Valley Visitor Centre on 01597 810880 to book.

 

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Wildlife Tracking

Join our Ranger team for a walk in the woods looking for signs and clues of the wildlife that lives in the Elan Valley and how to find them.

Meet at Penbont car park.

Please call 01597 810880 to book.

No unaccompanied children please.

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Creative Writing Workshop

Taking inspiration from the wild Elan landscape, join award winning local writer Peter Cox for an enjoyable ‘no experience necessary’ workshop that will stretch your creative muscles.

Places are limited so please book in advance.

£20 per person, payable in advance.

Please contact the Elan Valley Visitor Centre on 01597 810880 to book.

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