"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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Elan Valley Walking Festival

Join us for the first Elan Walking Festival this September. We have a great variety of walks for all abilities. Spread over ten days, between the 5th and the 13th September 2015, all events are FREE and all walks are guided. Read more >

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Galaxy Walk

Astro Ranger Les Fry leads this evenings Dark Skies walk through our Galaxy.

In a roughly one hour circular walk, you'll be guided along encountering a number of the majestic sights that our "Milky Way" Galaxy has to offer.  There will be plenty of time for questions and answers during our galactic odyssey, but would advise that due to the "technical nature" of the encounters, this walk and talk would not really be suitable for under 9yr olds.

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TWO VALLEYS AND A BOTHY

Another walk with local shepherd Tudor Davies who leads this 8 mile walk with breathtaking views over the Elan and Wye Valleys together with a visit to the Lluest Cwmbach Bothy.  Meet at 10.00am at Pont ar Elan (NGR 903716) for this moderately energetic hill walk with an expected return by 4.00pm.  Please bring stout footwear, waterproofs and a packed lunch.  DOGS ON LEADS PLEASE.

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GARREG DDU ROUNDABOUT

Again Tudor Davies will lead this moderately strenuous 9 mile hill walk which will start at 10.00am from the Elan Valley Visitor Centre (NGR 928646).  The walk will pass through enclosed farmland before reaching the open moor with magnificent views of the Elan Valley.  Return is estimated for 4.00pm and walkers should wear stout footwear, waterproofs and bring a packed lunch.  DOGS ON LEADS PLEASE.

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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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FIVE MINES WALK

Elan Valley Trustee, Andrew Leonard leads this energetic 14 mile hill walk which will visit the five disused mineral mines on the Elan Estate.  The walk will start at 9.00am from Nantgwyllt Car Park (NGR 909638) and will return by 5.00pm.  Dogs on leads please.  Further information :  email  info@elanvalleytrust.org or telephone the Elan Estate Office on 01597 810449 or Andrew direct on 01874 620186.

ELAN VALLEY TRUST EVENT

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Village Tour

An easy 1-mile walk, taking in the history of the Caban Coch Dam and the workers’ village.

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Medieval Monks Trod

A 6-mile high-level hill walk with just a 150m ascent, following in the footsteps of the Cistercian Monks. Please book early on 01597 810880. Meet at 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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CRUGYN CI, CWM YR HAFOD

The final opportunity of the year to join local shepherd Tudor Davies on this moderate 6 mile hillwalk taking in the peak of Crugyn Ci and the hidden valley of Cwm yr Hafod.  Meet at Penbont Car Park (NGR 916674) at 10.00am and return by 4.00pm.  Please bring stout footwear, waterproofs and a packed lunch.  Dogs on leads please.

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NATIONAL MOTH NIGHT

This will be the last opportunity this year to join in with the Elan Valley mothing activities.  Sorcha Lewis will take you on a voyage of moth discovery and we will be able to collect records for the Estate too.  Meet at Llannerch y Cawr Car Park (SN 901 616) at 7.30pm.  Bring a torch, insect repellent and some warm clothes.

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NATIONAL MOTH NIGHT MORNING MOTHS

MORNING EVENT : Checking the morning moth traps which will be full of exciting discoveries.  We may have the opportunity to check some of the local bat boxes.  Bring warm clothes.  Meet at Llannerch y Cawr Car Park (SN 901 616) at 9.30am.

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CAIRNS & WHITE PILLARS

This challenging 10 mile walk is being led by Richard Tyler, former Elan Valley Trustee and current Footpath Secretary of the Powys Ramblers.  The walk takes in the highest point on the Elan Estate, Drygarn Fawr, and onto the adjoining Abergwesyn Commons putting Bronze Age great cairns and distinctive quartz pillars into the context of this remote and wild landscape.  The walk will start from Llannerch y Cawr Car Park (NGR 901616) at 10.00am.  Please bring stout footwear, waterproofs and a packed lunch.  Dogs on leads please.

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ORDNANCE SURVEY - MAPPING THE WAY

EVENING TALK by Steve Jones, Production Manager Wales for the Ordnance Survey will be held at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre commencing at 7.30pm.  This informative and enlightening talk will explain the role of our national mapping authority, look at how the OS maintain their maps and demonstrate the latest mapping products.  Further information contact the Elan Estate Office on 01597 810449.

ELAN VALLEY TRUST EVENT

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TWO DAY BOTHY WALK

Again this walk is led by experienced hill walker, Richard Tyler and is organised jointly with the Anglo Austrian Alpine Club.  The walk will be challenging and in excess of 20 miles and will involve an overnight stay in one of the Elan Estate Bothies.  Walkers will require stout footwear, waterproof clothing, sleeping mat, sleeping bag and food.  NO DOGS PLEASE.  NUMBERS ON THIS WALK ARE STRICTLY LIMITED AND PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL.

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Dam Open Day

Join our Rangers at one of our big Dam Open Days - an exclusive chance to venture into the Pen y Garreg Dam and up to the central tower. You’ll enjoy a birds-eye view of the Reservoir wall – and learn about the feat of engineering that made Elan.

Meet at: Dam entrance 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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