House to Let

Marchnant Farmhouse, Claerwen Valley, Rhayader

A unique opportunity to live in the Claerwen Valley has arisen. 

The Elan Valley Trust are offering Marchnant Farmhouse for rent under a 2 year assured shorthold tenancy. 

Marchnant is a detached three bed rural property served by private water, drainage and electricity via a generator

Available at £550 per calendar month, unfurnished. Bills are not included. 

For full details please contact:

Elan Valley Trust

T: 01597 810449

Reservoir Roundabout 2017

50th Anniversary for the Reservoir Roundabout

The 'Roundabout Team' have declared the 2017 Reservoir Roundabout another great success following another large turnout for this annual challenge event aimed at long distance walkers and runners held in the Elan Valley.  The walk was held on the 7th January and marked the 50th Anniversary of the 1st Reservoir Roundabout in 1967.

Maintaining Perfection!

Just over a year ago we started handling the bookings of the holiday cottages ourselves, this was to reduce agent costs and have a better relationship directly with our customers and their feedback. So with a better grasp on the properties we have been able to make improvements and update facilities at the properties, which has kept us busy in recent months. What we have been busy up to, do you ask? 

Penbont House Tearooms and B&B

You will have noticed that Penbont Tearooms is currently closed.It is scheduled to open later on in 2017. Keep an eye on here and our Facebook/Twitter accounts for further updates.

Dark Skies November Update

Dark Skies mid-Nov

On the planetary side, Venus is by far the brightest object in the low south western skies, visible for some 11-12 hours after sunset, although suffering somewhat from the twilight glow.

Elan Links Consultation

Come and tell us what makes Elan so special and find out more about the Elan Links Project

ELAN VILLAGE BAILEY BRIDGE CLOSURE

The above structure will be closed to the public for the period Monday 24th to Friday 28th October, 2016 for urgent repairs.
We are sorry for any inconvenience
Alternative route by vehicle to the Elan Village is via Dolfallen bridge crossing the river Elan further down the road OR
via foot there are two alternative footbridges, one directly below Caban Coch Dam and the other footbridge at the end of the Elan Village opposite the Glan yr Afon Cottages.

 

 

PENBONT HOUSE TEAROOM

PENBONT HOUSE TEAROOM  and  B&B IS NOW CLOSED FOR BUSINESS

Sandra would like to thank all her customers and friends for their loyal support and custom over the past 4 years.

The Elan Valley Trust wish Sandra and her family all the best for the future.

The Elan Valley Trust will be carrying out refurbishment works and plan to re-open in 2017.

Updates will be put on the "NEWS PAGE" of the Website to keep customers updated of future plans.

Dark Skies October Update

The chart shows the sky at mid month around 21.00 BST.

Planetary wise, Venus is struggling to pull away from the solar glare in the evening twilight, still just a couple of degrees above the western horizon at sunset. We’ve lost Saturn from view by the time of the sky chart while Mars is only just hanging on, low in the south-west skies. As with last month, Uranus and Neptune are only visible with tripod mounted binoculars or telescopic aid.

Elan Valley Walking Festival

Don't forget our Walking Festival
Starts Saturday 3rd September -  Sunday 11th September (9 days of events)
Book your place on 01597 810880
Please join us on one of our events,  See our What's On Page for more details.
Highlights include :-
Cwm Elan Mines Experience :  5 mile circular walk to explore the history and remains of the Cwm Elan Mines.

Dark Skies September Update

September Sky Map

I’m sure that you’ve all noticed the nights starting to draw in after the long summer days. Not really surprising since September brings the autumn equinox of equal length day and night time. In the skies, we’ve lost Jupiter and Mercury in the west, with only Venus clinging onto the bright twilight zone, some couple of degrees high at sunset. The other planetary double act featuring Saturn and Mars continues in the SSW skies, although Saturn is steadily dropping, with Mars slowly dimming in magnitude or brightness as the month progresses.

Dark Skies August Update

August Skies

The attached sky chart shows the mid-August skies for around 9.00pm BST. 

Looking to the western horizon just after sunset, we have one of the two planetary groupings visible this month. The two inner planets of our solar system, Mercury and Venus, are joined by the gas giant of Jupiter. You’ll need a good low western viewpoint to catch this lineup, ideally a sea horizon. Those of you on the coastline will stand the best chances to observe this alignment. As always, if scanning the area with binoculars or telescopes, make sure the sun has set first!

Dark Skies July Update

July Sky Map

The sky chart shows the night sky for mid July at 22:00. Very low on the north-west horizon as the sun sets, we'll get a chance to see Mercury and Venus in a close pairing. This will be a difficult sight to catch in the still bright twilight skies but don't be tempted to sweep the area with binoculars unless the sun has completely set below the horizon. Mercury will only be around for a week or so, but Venus will linger in the twilight zone for a couple of months to come, before finally clawing it's way into the evening skies late in the year.

New Playground

Our playground is undergoing an exciting transformation!

The exisitng playground will be closed from 5pm Sunday 19th June

for about three weeks while the transformation occurs.

We apologise for any inconienience this may cause to our younger visitors.

 

Dark Skies June Update

June is a month where we don't get truly dark skies. Even around the midnight hours, our sun is never more than 18 degrees below the horizon, ( the definition of “astronomical” darkness being that the sun is more than 18 degrees below horizon). Even so, there is still much to potentially see in the skies.

Jupiter is slowly dropping towards the western horizon, though still remains a worthy target for binoculars and telescopes for the next couple of months.

Dark Skies May Update

May Sky Map

Jupiter still continues to dominate our May evening skies, although the nights are becoming shorter and shorter as we draw into the Summer Solstice next month. Just after midnight, Mars and then Saturn will join Jupiter in becoming visible low in the SE skies.

Caban Quarry Car Park Closure

Caban Car Park will be closed for re-surfacing on Monday 25th April for a couple of days. We apologise for any inconveinience caused.

Download the 2016/17 Events Guide

Download the 2016/17 Events Guide here

http://www.elanvalley.org.uk/sites/default/files/assets/Elan%20Valley%20...

Welsh version also available, see website

FREE Paper copies are still available, please collect from the Elan Valley Visitor Centre or local retail outlets.

Looking for a new venue for an education visit this year?

If you are, then why not come to Elan? We provide a great learning environment for your pupils, from Early Years right through to Key Stages 4 and 5. We offer many education programmes to tie in with the National Curriculum or we can design something to fit in with your own study plans. As well as schools and colleges we also offer activities for home education groups, holiday and after school clubs, Brownies, Cubs, etc!

PENBONT HOUSE TEAROOMS

WILL BE CLOSED THIS WEDNESDAY 6th APRIL

APOLOGIES FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE

Sandra Sankey, Penbont House

Dark Skies April Update

sky map

The attached sky chart shows the mid-April skies for around 9pm BST. Jupiter dominates the southern skyline with the moon close by on the night of the 17th. Mars and Saturn are both visible from around midnight onwards, low in the south east skies. These two planets will become much more prominent in the summer skies, although the lighter skies won't be to their benefit.

PENBONT HOUSE TEAROOM

WE ARE OPEN EVERY DAY OVER THE EASTER HOLIDAYS

So do please call in for a cuppa, and a bite to eat.

Support local small businesses in the heart of the  beautiful Elan Valley.

 

Dark Skies March Update

With March comes the spring equinox, the time of year when on or around the 21st, the day and night are of equal length with the sun rising due east and setting due west. From here on, we can look forward to lengthening daylight and shortening nights until mid June.

Dark Skies February Update

The attached sky chart shows the sky for around 8.00pm mid February, and at long last, we have a planet visible in the evening skies as Jupiter is just appearing over the eastern horizon around mid evening,

Walkers braved the elements for Charity Fundraiser

The 'Roundabout Team' have declared the 2016 Reservoir Roundabout another success following a good turnout for this annual challenge event aimed at long distance walkers and runners held in the beautiful Elan Valley on Saturday 9th January 2016.

Cafe closed due to refurbishment

Our Cafe will be closed from Monday 11th until Friday 15th of January to enable us to refurbish the area.

We will be serving soup, sandwiches, pasties and cold snacks, along with loose tea, instant coffee and cold drinks in the Exhibition Hall. Cash payments only.

The Gift Shop and Exhibition area will be open as usual.

Thank you in advance for your patience while we do this work. We look forward to seeing you in our newly refurbished Cafe on Saturday 16th January.

PENBONT HOUSE TEAROOMS

Penbont House Tearooms will be CLOSED for the two months of January and February 2016.

Please note it will re-open on Friday 4th March 2016

Dark Skies January Update

The sky chart shows the stars for mid January at around 8pm and we can finally start the new year with a planet in the evening sky, although it's not the easiest one to spot! Mercury will put in an appearance in the south west skies for the first week in January, but although bright, it will only be some 7° above the horizon at sunset. The rest of the bright planets are found in the morning skies and this is still where the action is.

Dark Skies December Update

The sky chart shows the stars for 8pm in mid December. We are still short of planets in the evening skies, it will be another couple of months before they start to make an appearance. So it is to the morning skies we must look for targets.

Ever Wondered what the farmer has just said?

The following glossary provides some ins and outs of the strange words you can hear out and about on the Elan Valley Estate:

Let's begin with the birds and the bees; or rather more specifically the tups and the ewes. 

Richard Higlett: Artist In Residence

As part of the developing APTELAN Artist In Residence Programme at the Elan Reservoir, I have had the opportunity to stay in a cottage near the Pen y Garreg Dam. Being located within the natural fabric of the valley, I was struck by how soon my understanding of time, and how I chose to spend it, changed.

Elan Valley Secures Heritage Lottery Fund Support

Elan Valley secures £1.7 million Heritage Lottery Fund support for a 6 year programme of investment worth over £3 million.

Dark Skies November Update

The all-sky chart shows the night sky for mid November at around 10pm. One of the most prominent winter star groups, or constellation to use the correct name, is becoming visible in the south east sky now.

Dark Skies October Update

The attached sky chart shows the sky at around 10pm BST mid-October.  In terms of planets, the evening sky is thin on the ground with only the faint and hard to find outer planets on show. For the early risers amongst us though, the morning skies offer much better viewing.

2016 Events Programme

2016 EVENTS PROGRAMME,  Have your say  ......................
Can you help us, let us have your views?
As you may know the Elan Valley Trust hold a number of Events throughout the year together with Dwr Cymru Welsh Water.
We would like to take this opportunity to gather your views on the types of events you would like to see and participate in on the Estate.
What type of event do you think would be popular?

Dark Skies September Update

The nights are slowly lengthening as we approach the Autumnal Equinox. On the 23rd September, day and night will be of equal length.

PENBONT HOUSE TEA ROOM

Please note Penbont House Tea Room is open every day for the month of August

ELAN VALLEY WALKING FESTIVAL

The First Elan Valley Walking Festival takes place in the Elan Valley
from 5th to 13th September 2015.

All Events are FREE and All Walks are GUIDED

For further information please click on the link,
or go to our website to the "Whats On" pages for September 2015.

Download Events Poster

 

 

Dark Skies August Update

The sky chart shows the sky at around 10:00pm BST during mid August. Although three planets are shown in the night sky at this time, realistically only Saturn, skulking low in the south-west skies will be easily visible. Neptune, rising in the east in the constellation of Aquarius, will need steady mounted binoculars to detect, and even then will just appear as a point of light.

Elan Valley Estate achieves International Dark Sky Park status in world first

Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water's Elan Valley Estate achieves International Dark Sky Park status in world first

Dark Skies July Update

The chart is timed at 22.00hrs for mid July. With the nights still very short, you'll need to be awake very late to get truly dark skies again for this month, but you will still just see the bright pairing of Jupiter and Venus in the evening twilight. As you may have noticed, Venus has “flown” by Jupiter over the past month or so, treating us to a spectacular union at the start of July. Hopefully you've had your cameras out capturing the conjunction.

CAN YOU HELP?

Do you have any old photos of the former Elan Village School?

Or any stories or memories you would like to share?

We would love to hear from you.

We are hoping to have a display of old photos for a Coffee Morning scheduled for Sunday 26th July.   See the "Whats On" page for more details.

Please contact the Elan Estate Office on 01597 810449 or email  annette@elanvalleytrust.org

 

Dark Skies June Update

With mid-summer solstice almost upon us, we won't get truly dark skies this month, so the chart is timed at 22.00 hrs for June.

Nature Fund Open Day

The Elenydd Purple Moor Grass project is one of 19 successful Welsh Government Nature Fund projects. The Welsh Government's aim was that the Nature Fund projects would help respond to the challenges faced by the wildlife and habitats which were identified in the State of Nature report.

Dark Skies May Update

Sky Map for mid May

With the lighter evenings, the sky chart is now displayed to view at around 21.30 BST.

Venus and Jupiter still dominate the SW and W skies, but during the first week or so of May, Mercury will be putting in an appearance in the low Western Sky. Try spotting this elusive planet by looking for the Pleiades cluster, and locating the nearby “intruder”. If using binoculars or any form of optical aid, please ensure the sun has set first, before sweeping for Mercury.

Charlotte’s Swedish Adventure

This month the Elan Valley Trust's assistant land agent Charlotte Harley joined like-minded agricultural people on a two week excursion to southern Sweden. The trip had been organised by Walford and North Shropshire college under a Leonardo da Vinci mobility project funded by the EU.

Dark Skies April Update

The chart for April shows the mid month night sky at 9.00PM.

Jupiter and Venus still dominate the evening sky, but towards the end of April, the "winged messenger", Mercury, will put in an appearance in evening twilight. Look low in the WNW sky around the 22nd April onwards for your best chance to see the "messenger" of the Gods!

PENBONT TEAROOM

PENBONT HOUSE TEAROOM
OPEN EVERY DAY OVER EASTER HOLIDAYS
up to and including Monday 13th April 2015 when back to normal hours
So please do call in on route around the beautiful Elan Valley

 

 

 

 

PENBONT HOUSE TEAROOM, ELAN VALLEY

PENBONT HOUSE TEAROOM, ELAN VALLEY
HOURS OF OPENING 2015
OPEN 4 DAYS A WEEK, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays & Mondays
plus the Dam Open Days
11.00am to 5.00pm
Bookings by prior arrangement available on all other days (Tues/Weds/Thurs)
OPEN NOW FROM MARCH TO THE END OF OCTOBER 2015
Please Note :  Bed & Breakfast one en suite room available all week

Dark Skies March Update

The attached map shows the Night Sky as seen in Mid March at around 20.00hrs. By looking Southwards and holding the chart with S at the bottom, the centre of the map will show the stars overhead with the Northern sky behind you. Using the map earlier than 20.00 will mean the star patterns - Constellations, to use the correct term - will be shifted slightly to the East , while using later in the evening, the constellations will have moved more to the West.

BBC Top Gear comes to Elan

Top Gear film stunt on Claerwen Dam

We welcomed Richard Hammond and the Top Gear crew to Elan in September last year. As a tribute to the incredible off road capabilities of the Land Rover, a Series I vehicle winched itself up the face of Claerwen Dam, with Richard Hammond at the wheel! This feature was broadcast on the BBC during February as part of the new series of Top Gear. You can watch it here on the BBC iPlayer.

Dark Skies February Update

The attached map shows the Night Sky as seen in Mid February at around 20.00hrs. By looking Southwards and holding the chart with S at the bottom, the centre of the map will show the stars overhead with the Northern sky behind you. Using the map earlier than 20.00 will mean the star patterns - Constellations, to use the correct term - will be shifted slightly to the East , while using later in the evening, the constellations will have moved more to the West.

New Year: Weekend of Walks

New Year walks at Elan Valley

Reservoir Roundabout 2015 - Saturday

This annual event organised by Roy Davies and ‘The Roundabout Team’ was held on Saturday 3rd January 2015. For this event there are two routes for runners and walkers; a 13 mile trip and a 20 mile route for the braver.

With over 100 competitors the turnout was brilliant considering the wet, cold and misty weather. We want to thank our willing participants and extend our huge thanks to the volunteers and organisers for arranging the event and for the much needed refreshments provided.

Dark Skies January Update

The map shows the Night Sky as seen in Mid January at around 20.00hrs. By looking Southwards and holding the chart with S at the bottom, the centre of the map will show the stars overhead with the Northern sky behind you. Using the map earlier than 20.00 will mean the star patterns - Constellations, to use the correct term - will be shifted slightly to the East , while using later in the evening, the constellations will have moved more to the West.

WaterAid Supporters Trip: Uganda

Fiona outside a latrine in Bobol Village

Our Education Ranger Fiona Wase has recently returned from the WaterAid Supporters' Trip to Uganda. It allowed her to see first hand where money that has been generously donated in the Elan Valley has been used. For over a decade, every penny raised through events such as our Dam Open Days goes directly to support WaterAid projects in Uganda. She visited a village with a very poor quality water supply resulting in many people becoming ill every year. For these people there is simply no safe supply within walking distance.

Dark Skies December Update

The map above shows the Night Sky as seen in Mid December at around 20.00hrs. By looking Southwards and holding the chart with S at the bottom, the centre of the map will show the stars overhead with the Northern sky behind you. Using the map earlier than 20.00 will mean the star patterns - Constellations, to use the correct term - will be shifted slightly to the East , while using later in the evening, the constellations will have moved more to the West.

Artist in Residency Programme

Giving space to better thinking!

A new partnership for the arts and the environment

Arts Council of Wales has teamed up with Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water to create a three year artist in residency programme for aspiring and leading artists at the company’s flagship Elan Valley estate in Powys. 

Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water employee to visit WaterAid’s work in Uganda

A Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water Education Ranger will get to see first-hand how international charity WaterAid transforms lives when she visits the charity’s safe water and sanitation projects in Uganda next month.

Dark Skies November Update

November Sky Map

The attached map shows the Night Sky as seen in November at around 20.00hrs. By looking Southwards and holding the chart with S at the bottom, the centre of the map will show the stars overhead with the Northern sky behind you.

Under Dark Skies by Powys Dance

Powys dancers are counting down the days to their performance at an international dance festival in Cardiff next month.

Members of Powys Youth Dance Company and their older counterparts – Senior Moment(um) – are working with choreographer Joanna Young, Portuguese composer Filipe Sousa and filmmaker Simon Clode on ‘Under Dark Skies’.

CLOSING FOR THE WINTER

PENBONT HOUSE TEAROOM
closes for the winter on Thursday 30th October 2014
and 
re-opens on Sunday 1st March 2015 for St Davids Day celebrations 
Sandra and her team would like to thank all the customers and visitors for their custom this season

 

 

 

ELAN VALLEY FIREWORK DISPLAY & BONFIRE

WEDNESDAY 5th NOVEMBER
7.00pm  Elan Village Green  ............WHATEVER THE WEATHER.......
GRAND FIREWORK DISPLAY AND BONFIRE & BARBECUE
BIGGER BETTER DISPLAY
ADULTS £5  -  Accompanied Children FREE

AN ELAN VALLEY SOCIAL CLUB EVENT

 

ELAN VALLEY ROAD CLOSURES

Pont ar Elan Bridge Replacement Works

All Residents and Visitors to the Elan Valley please note the Elan Valley road at Pont ar Elan will be closed on the following 4 days between 0800 and 1700 :-

8th December to 11th December 2014 - 4 days

We are sorry for the inconvenience caused.

PLEASE NOTE this does not mean the Elan Valley road is closed for visitors, one can still drive up to the top dam (Graig Goch) but you would need to turn around there ideally. COACHES and larger vehicles please note this.  

Solar System Walk Report

As part of the STEPtember Walks in the Cambrian Mountains, our Elan Valley Astronomy Rangers organised a marathon 5,913,000,000 km walk.

Thanks to the 25 people who turned up on Friday evening, the 19th Sept, in the Elan Valley.

CWMDAUDDWR SHEEP DOG TRIALS

FRIDAY 29th & SATURDAY 30th AUGUST 2014

Location :  Glanelan Farm, Cwmdauddwr, Courtesy of Lewis family

Further information from Mrs Pam Davies on 01597 810169

ELAN VALLEY SHOW

BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY  25th AUGUST 2014

to be held at NOYADD FARM, by kind permission of Mr & Mrs John Morgan

HORSE CLASSES starting at 10am  Enquiries to Emma Allen on  07581 429 245

SHEEP CLASSES entries from 11.00am, Judging from 12.00pm  Enquiries to Eira Edwards on 01597 810721

DOG CLASSES entries from 11.30am, Judging at 1pm, Enquiries to Miss Carys Jones on  07768 770449

Elan Valley Sheepdog Trials

Date  :  SATURDAY 16th AUGUST 2014

Time   :   8.30am start

Location  :   Frondorddu Fields

Classes
Open & Novice National
Open & Novice South Wales

Catering on site

Further information from  :  Miss Eira Edwards on 01597 810721

 

TEAROOM NOW OPEN WEDNESDAYS

 

Just to let you know that Penbont House Tearoom is NOW OPEN ON WEDNESDAYS during the summer season.

So do please call in for a light snack, afternoon tea or a welcome drink.

Sandra and her staff look forward to serving you at this unique business in the heart of the Elan Valley.

 

 

Landscape Partnership Project Officer appointed

The Elan Valley Trust have appointed a part time Project Officer, Eluned Lewis to work on behalf of the Elenydd Partnership.  Eluned will be looking carefully at the work previously undertaken for the Heritage Lottery Landscapes Partnership funding. She will looking closely at all the component projects which were within this bid and also additional potential project ideas which could be included in a revised bid which will be submitted in May 2015.

Elan Valley Trust : Events Programme 2014/15

The Elan Valley Trust Events Programme 2014 is now on the website.

Please see the What's On Page.

Don't forget to pencil them in your diary or on your calendar.

The new Elan Valley DVD is available!

Our updated DVD Elan Valley 'A Living Landscape' is now available. The updated film is presented by Iolo Williams. Call into the Visitor Centre for your copy or call 01597 810880. Soon to be available online at elanvalley.org.uk

Elan Valley is good for your health!

Ray Woods talks about the marvellous medicinal rarities to be found in your Elan Valley.... Listen to the BBC Radio 4 programme http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03q6dzy

There's always time to Tweet!

We would love to hear about your Elan Valley experiences ... Tweet us @elanvalleyteam 

Public toilet access

The toilets in Elan Village and at Craig Goch Dam are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week all year round.

The toilets at Claerwen Dam are now open for the season.

Afon Rhiwnant : New Bridge

The Afon Rhiwnant has been notoriously difficult to cross on foot.

However the problem has been addressed by the Elan Valley Trust who have constructed a footbridge north of Dalrhiw Mine at approximate Grid Reference SN 888609.