"Reflections" - Rhayader Art Group Exhibition

 Rhayader Art group have named this year's Exhibition, "Reflections".

'We have named this exhibition - "Reflections" - these are much more than just the mirror images we may see in the lakes of the Elan Valley.

All things we see in the natural world around us are the reflections of the sun's light from the objects before us, these fill our view of the world with light and colour.

Reflections are also present in the mind and add thoughts, impressions, feelings, mood and observations to the colour and light around us.

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WILD MOUNTAIN FLOWERS - THEIR FOLKLORE AND USES

Join Sorcha Lewis local Wildlife Guide to learn about some of the beautiful wild flowers found here in the Elan Valley.  Meet at Gwaelod y Rhos Car Park (SN 902 673) at 7pm, back about 8.30pm.

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Ranger Safari

Join a Ranger on a three hour tour of the Estate by vehicle for a look at its history and wildlife.  Booking required 01597 810880. Meet at the Visitor Centre.

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PENGLANEINON FARM SHEEP SHEARING

You are invited to join us on our annual sheep shearing day at this traditional hill farm.  Learn about sheep ear tags, earmarks, pitch marks, hefted flocks, tups, wethers and witness traditional hand shearing and wool spinning.  Enjoy a cup of tea or a traditional glass of cider (non drivers only!) and a slice of bara brith and welsh cakes.  Penglaneinon is situated off the Claerwen Valley road : follow the signs and park at NGR 912627.  JOIN US BETWEEN 2.00pm and 4.00pm : stout footwear and NO DOGS PLEASE.

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EXPLORING THE BRONZE AGE

Former Elan Valley Trustee, Richard Tyler, will lead this challenging 9 mile walk, over rough ground, exploring Bronze Age settlement sites in the area to the south of Caban Coch Reservoir.  Meet at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre (NGR 928646) at 10.00am and return by approximately 5.00pm.  Please bring waterproofs, stout footwear and a packed lunch.  All dogs on leads please.  This is a joint walk with the National Trust.

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ARCHAEOLOGICAL WALK

Join archaeologists Jenny Hall & Paul Sambrook of "TRYSOR" on this moderate 4.5 mile walk to explore the archaeology along the "Monk's Trod" between Pont ar Elan and the upper Hirin valley.  In view of the current commemoration of the centenary of the First World War, the walk will visit a remarkable military firing range, used on the eve of the outbreak of the conflict - a rare survival in the Welsh Landscape.

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Botanical Safari

One of our Rangers leads a botanical safari to learn about the plants and wildflowers of the Elan Valley. Bring binoculars if you have them, and suitable clothing/footwear as there will be short walks. Please book in advance on 01597 810880.

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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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Outdoor Activity Days

9.30am-12.30pm
High Trees Challenge
Meet at: Visitor Centre
£20 per person / 1 adult + 2 children £45 / 2 adults + 2 children £55

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COFFEE MORNING AT ELAN VALLEY LODGE

You are invited to join us between 11.00am and 1.00pm at the FORMER ELAN VILLAGE SCHOOL which is now run as a prestigious 5 Star Corporate Team Building venue.  An opportunity to see how this marvellous building has evolved : bring your old photos and reminiscences to share with others.

ELAN VALLEY TRUST EVENT

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ARCHERY TASTER SESSION

Join qualified staff from the Elan Valley Lodge on the Elan Village Green (NGR 935654) to try your hand at archery.
There will be three, hour long, sessions starting at
1.30pm,
2.30pm.
and 3.30pm
NUMBERS ARE STRICTLY LIMITED, SO PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL
Please wear long sleeve jumper or jacket.  Minimum age is 8 years old and no unaccompanied children please.

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Dragons and Damsels

A fun afternoon of pond dipping and bug hunts suitable for all the family. Booking is essential, 01597 810880. Meet at Dol y Mynach Lay-By

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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.

The dam will be open between 1pm and 4pm, simply turn up anytime between these hours.

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