Physically demanding trails with some long/steep climbs and rough underfoot. Suitable for experienced walkers with a high level of fitness.

Reservoir Challenge

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Distance18.5 miles

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This walk takes you through all the environments that Elan Valley has to offer. It's a wonderful way to experience the estate ... if you're up for the challenge!

From the visitor centre you will walk past every one of the dams, follow rivers & reservoirs, explore woodland, climb hills, and finally return to the start point by tracing the old railway line that was used during dam construction.

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Around Y Foel

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Distance5.3 miles

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Two steep climbs; 30 metres over 0.1 km and 180 metres over 1 km. There are also two steep downhill sections, one with boggy area. This walk should take around 3 hours.

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Maen Serth and Crugyn Ci

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Distance9.5 miles

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Four climbs: a short steep 25 metres over 100 metres, 180 metres over 1.5 km, 50 and 100 metres over 1 km. Two streams have to be crossed on this route. This walk should take around 4 hours.

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Drygarn Fawr

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Distance9.5 miles

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This walk takes you to the highest point on the Elan Estate at 641 metres (2104 feet). There are two climbs - 280 metres over 3 km and 60 metres over 0.5 km. There is a lot of rough and wet ground, and great care is needed when crossing Nant Paradwys, especially in winter. This walk should take around 5 hours.

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