Exhibition: Rhayader Art Group

Rhayader Art Group's "Summer Exhibition" showcases their range of talents with all original artwork for sale. Prints and greetings cards also available.

Open daily at the Visitor Centre.

 

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Grŵp Celf Rhaeadr

Arddangosfa o dalentau amrywiol a’r gwaith celf unigryw ar werth.  Printiau a chardiau cyfarchion hefyd ar gael.

 

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Elan Valley Walking Festival

Elan Valley Walking Festival

Come and join us between the 1st and 9th September on our third annual Walking Festival at the Elan Valley.

Click the events below to find out more:

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Ancient Sites of the Elan Valley

Join local enthusiasts David James and Vic Pardoe as they explore Bronze Age and Medieval sites around the Pont ar Elan area. This moderate 6.5 mile walk will take in the Pillow Mounds, Banc Cynnydd Cairns, Carn Nant Y Ffald, Carn Wen and finally, Rhiw Afon Cairn. Meet at Pont ar Elan car park SN 903716

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Dam Open Day

Join our Rangers at one of our big Dam Open Days - an exclusive chance to venture into Pen y Garreg Dam and up to the central tower. Turn up anytime between 1pm and 4pm.

You’ll enjoy a bird's-eye view of the dam – and learn about the feat of engineering that made Elan.

Park at Penbont car park and take a walk through the woodland, up the steps to the dam entrance.

There are steps inside the dam which may be wet and in some areas there are low light levels.

Children should be carefully supervised at all times.

Minimum entry £1 for adults and children.

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Cwm Elan Mines Experience

Cwm Elan Mines Experience

Join Elan Valley Trustee, Bob Vaughan on a 5 mile walk to explore the history and remains of Cwm Elan Lead Mines. You will also be able to see the recent stabilising works. Meet at Nantgwyllt car park SN 909639

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Planetarium Show: The Solar System at Elan Valley

Take a tour of the Solar System with Martin Nelmes from the University of Aberystwyth.

We will try to put the Solar System into perspective and present some interesting facts about various moons and planets. Plus we will cover some of the recent research by planetary scientists and what it tells us about the Solar System.

Four FREE Shows at 11am, 12 noon, 2pm and 3pm.

Places are limited so please book in advance by calling 01597 810880.

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Beginners Navigation Workshop

Beginners Navigation Workshop

Join Terry Smith for a hands-on day of map and compass reading. With both theory and practical application this workshop will improve your understanding of maps and access to the countryside. N.B. There is an advanced workshop being held on Saturday 8th September. Meet at the Visitor Centre SN 928646.

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Railway Ramble

A gentle 3 mile walk following the line of the old railway from the Visitor Centre to Cwmdauddwr, looking at historical features of interest along the way.

A lift back to the Visitor Centre will be available afterwards.

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Evening Talk: Brecon Mountain Rescue Team

Evening Talk: Brecon Mountain Rescue Team

Join Guest Speaker, Kevin Harding, of the Brecon Mountain Rescue Team. Kevin will talk about the work of BMRT, which is entirely staffed by highly trained volunteers who provide land based search and rescue in the Brecon Beacons and the Elan Valley areas, including the English borders and the Ceredigion coast. Meet at the Elan Valley Hotel SN 938658.

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Garreg Ddu Circuit

A 6 mile low-level reservoir circuit with some woodland and farmland paths as well as the Elan Valley Trail. Wear walking boots.

Meet at Nantgwyllt Church car park.

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Dambusters Walk

A 4 mile guided walk to learn about the area, including the remains of Nant y Gro Dam which was used for tests before the WW2 Dambusters Raid.

There is a steep climb of 40 metres up the steps to the top of the dam and then a very steep 140 metre climb.

Meet at the Visitor Centre.

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A Working Life in the Valley

A Working Life in the Valley

Guided Walk led by Tudor Davies

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Advanced Navigation

Join Terry Smith, a Mid Wales Orienteering Club Member and Mountain Leader, for a hands-on day of navigating in open country with map and compass. For those of you who attended the beginners workshop this is a continuation of what you learnt, giving you the opportunity to develop the practical elements of navigation in a more challenging terrain.

This is an advanced workshop where knowledge of map reading and compass use is essential.

 

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Village Tour

Learn about the history of Caban Coch Dam, the workers’ village and other stories on this easy one mile walk.

Meet at the Visitor Centre.

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Two Counties and a Bothy

Two Counties and a Bothy

Guided Walk led by Tudor Davies
A moderate, circular 7 mile hill walk, setting off from the Dyfed/Powys border, onto Lluest Dolgwiail, following Afon Diluw until reaching the bothy at Nant Rhys. This is a joint event with the Brecon Beacons Park Society.

Meet at the Dyfed Powys border car park SN 853 758.
Please bring stout footwear, waterproofs, packed lunch including drinks, also sun cream and insect repellent and don't forget your camera and binoculars.

 

 

 

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Landscapes on Wood Workshop

Create your own mini landscape on wood with local artist and illustrator A.K.Skipsey.

Places are limited so please book in advance.

£20 per person, payable in advance.

Please contact the Elan Valley Visitor Centre on 01597 810880 to book.

 

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Wildlife Tracking

Join our Ranger team for a walk in the woods looking for signs and clues of the wildlife that lives in the Elan Valley and how to find them.

Meet at Penbont car park.

Please call 01597 810880 to book.

No unaccompanied children please.

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Night Photography Workshop

A workshop which will help people to learn more about night photography and hone their skills so they can enter the Night Photography Competition.

Tuition provided by Ian Collins Photography www.icpic.co.uk 

Ian has a passion for low-light photography and has had his work published widely in publications including National geographic and The Times. Presentations include practical demonstrations bringing the terminology and technology to a level everybody can understand. 

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Creative Writing Workshop

Taking inspiration from the wild Elan landscape, join award winning local writer Peter Cox for an enjoyable ‘no experience necessary’ workshop that will stretch your creative muscles.

Places are limited so please book in advance.

£20 per person, payable in advance.

Please contact the Elan Valley Visitor Centre on 01597 810880 to book.

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Walk along the Monks’ Trod

THIS EVENT HAS TO BE BOOKED

A repeat of the special linear walk along the Monks’ Trod with the Brecon Beacons Park Society and the Elan Valley Trust, second chance to take part

Follow the route of the monks from Strata Florida across the uplands of the Elan Valley with guest leader Andrew Leonard on this 12 mile walk.

Meet at Pont ar Elan at 9.00am for a lift to Strata Florida. The walk will finish around 5.00pm. Ascent 400m (1312ft).
GR SN 902715 OS map Explorer 200

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