Explore Elan

Elan Valley is here to be enjoyed by all of us. Each year we welcome around half a million visitors, from the young to the young at heart and very active, to those looking for rest and relaxation. You may only be with us for a couple of hours but you will find plenty to interest and whet the appetite for a return visit; or you may be staying on the Estate itself or close by and you will still leave looking forward to next time.

We have lots of information to help you make the most of your visit including walking, cycling and driving routes. And don't forget our team of Rangers are always on hand to help and share their love of this special place.

Drones

Here at Elan Valley we want everyone to enjoy the fabulous scenery and take away some great memories, this does however mean adhering to a few regulations and advisories put in place by the Civil Aviation Authority and ourselves to protect not only the public but also the dams and associated structures along with our wildlife.

Restrictions on airspace can be found by using Sky Demon this is very important as the RAF are cleared to use parts of Mid Wales for low level training, these time tables can be found on www.gov.uk website under LFA7(T), outside of these times fast jets can operate to 76m. Below 120m it is the responsibility of the Drone and Aircraft Pilot to look out for each other.

A licence is required to fly drones in the area for commercial purposes. Public Liability Insurance is required when operating in public areas for private and commercial operators.

The Civil Aviation Authority and Air Navigation Order requires all Drone operators to adhere to the Drone Code. Don’t fly near airports or airfields. Remember to stay below 400ft / 120m. Observe your drone at all times – stay 150ft / 50m away from people and property. Never fly near aircraft. Enjoy responsibly. Ignoring these guidelines can lead to prosecution from the CAA and being reported to the police, as well as heavy fines endangering an aircraft can lead to five years imprisonment if found guilty.

Here at Elan we have already had an incident of a drone flying too close to a dam resulting in the loss of the drone which cost the owner around £500. Our dam safety team work hard all year to ensure the integrity of our dams and their security which could be compromised by low flying drones.

Drone Code http://dronesafe.uk/drone-code/ Drone Assist App http://dronesafe.uk/drone-assist/ Sky Demon http://www.skydemon.aero/

Note: Not all drone Apps will have up to date restricted flying zones.

Bird breeding season March – September during this time many activities such as tree felling and hedge cutting are not permitted unless a detailed survey is carried out prior to the work, this is to protect nesting birds from disturbance and their nests from destruction or damage (which is a criminal offence); here at Elan this extends to our rocks and cliff faces. Therefore we ask that these areas along with woodland, hedgerows and open moorland are avoided at this time to minimise any disturbance to nesting birds, some of which are quite rare. Avoid woodland, forestry & hedgerow areas. Do not fly Drones close to rocky outcrops or cliff edges. Leave known nest sites well alone, disturbance could mean eggs become abandoned.

If you have any further questions about Drone operation in the Elan Valley please enquire at our information desk, call 01597 810 880 or email elanrangers@dwrcymru.com we will be happy to help. This guidance was put together by Dwr Cymru Welsh Water with advice and guidance from the Ministry of Defence and the Civil Aviation Authority.