Elan Valley Trail

Start Rhayader view

Distance9 miles

Difficulty Multi-Access ?

Map OS Explorer 200

Environment Woodland
Access and facilities Easy access Toilets

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** Please note that the section between Pen y Garreg Dam and Craig Goch Dam is currently closed due to a large rock fall - please follow the diversion notices on site **

The Elan Valley Trail is a linear path following the line of the old Birmingham Corporation Railway. The trail starts in Cwmdauddwr, just west of Rhayader and finishes 13 km (9 miles) further up the Elan Valley at Craig Goch Dam.

The purpose of the trail is to improve access to the Elan Valley and its countryside, particularly for the less-able. The trail between Craig Goch and Pen y Garreg is classed as a bridleway. Between Pen y Garreg and Rhayader however the trail is a permissive route agreed by the landowners, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water, Radnorshire Wildlife Trust and Powys County Council and does not follow a right of way.

The trail is open for use by walkers, cyclists and horse riders. As on bridleways, cyclists and horse riders are required to give way to walkers and the less-able.

Please see the map below for the official diversion that follows the road from Penbont to Craig Goch for 4.5km/2.7 miles.

An alternative hill route, suggested by Powys Ramblers, is only suitable for walkers experienced on rugged terrain with appropriate equipment and map reading skills. This route does not follow a path, and is unsuitable for horse riders, cyclists, inexperienced walkers and has no disabled access.

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