The Crystal Pillars

Chris Franks will lead this challenging and fascinating six mile walk to the quartz crystal standing stone at Pen Maen-wern. If the weather is suitable, you may witness a Bronze Age special effect that still works today. We will also visit an old lead mine and will head north-east along Poison Hole and Mermaid Pool. After discovering a second crystal pillar, we will visit a Bronze Age settlement, pass the old engineer huts at Cwm Clyd before passing a final ruined settlement and returning to Claerwen Dam. Meet at Claerwen Dam lower car park.

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A Lake and a Bothy

Powys Ramblers member Graham will lead this strenuous, 11 mile walk in the upper Elan Valley. Following the road, the walk heads up to the Nant Cletwr Valley onto Esgair Crawnllwyn and Carn Richet where there are scenic views of the reservoir and the surrounding hills. Walking along the Monk’s Trod (and the ancient Roman Road), the route descends to Pont ar Elan and up the mountain road to the Pillow Mounds.

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The Old and the New

Join Tudor Davies for an energetic 9 mile circular hill walk, visiting the peak of Gurnos, then passing Blaencoel to the Cwm Elan Mines. Calling by the new stargazing shelter above Gwaelod y Rhos, there will be an opportunity to see inside this recently built structure and find out its purpose. Weather permitting, this walk will provide some great photo opportunities and some lovely views of the Elan and Claerwen valleys. Bring a packed lunch and refreshments. Meet at Nantgwyllt Church car park.

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Campus Trampus

Yvonne Gulley will lead this walk of approximately 10.5 miles over mainly open, trackless ground, taking in Cwmdauddwr Common, Crugyn Ci, Crugyn Gwyddel, the Roman camp, Maengwyngweddw and Cerrig Gwalch. If the weather is good, the hilltop views will be superb. Meet at Cwmdauddwr Car Park SN 965678.

This event is free: please book your place here

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The Elan and the Wye Walk

Powys Ramblers member Chris will lead this 6.5 mile walk around the scenic upper Elan Valley. Enjoy the glorious views of the Upper Elan Valley as the walk heads north-east, crossing the mountain road and up onto the shoulder to the left of Cefn Nannerth. A steep drop leads down to the road beside the River Wye and views of the Wye Valley. For a short period the walk follows the river upstream, turning left at Tynant and climbing steeply towards the cairns at Rhiw Afon. The route then falls away back into the Elan Valley by the pillow mounds and the mountain road.

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Dam Open Day / Ddiwrnodau Agored Yr Argae

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

Tickets must be bought in advance, there will be no option to buy tickets on the door. Please print or download your confirmation/ticket beforehand as there is no signal at the dam and you will be required to show evidence of booking.

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Dam Open Day / Ddiwrnodau Agored Yr Argae

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

Tickets must be bought in advance, there will be no option to buy tickets on the door. Please print or download your confirmation/ticket beforehand as there is no signal at the dam and you will be required to show evidence of booking.

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