Whether you just fancy a leisurely stroll or a challenging hike Elan has something for everyone. There is open access over most of the 70 square mile Estate, and there are over 80 miles of designated rights of way. There are many walks and trails with a good mixture of lengths to cater for all, including nature trails and scenic walks.
The Elan Valley Trail is a particular favourite with its surfaced paths which follow the route of the old Elan Valley Railway. It is for use by walkers, horse riders and cyclists and suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.
Terrain on the hills of the Estate can be challenging, varying between tussocks of purple moor-grass to deep patches of sphagnum moss, plus there are frequent sheep tracks which are easily mistaken for upland paths. Some navigational skills are essential, and Ordnance Survey maps and compasses are necessary for the longer routes in the Hillwalks pack.
Please note mobile phone coverage is very poor on all networks in this area. And please do not enter fenced areas around farms unless you have been given permission by the farmer.
Guided walks are also available through the year. Visit our events calendar for upcoming guided walks and Dam Open Days.
If you would like advice on walks at Elan please get in touch with our Rangers or pop in to the Visitor Centre.