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The Elan Valley

The Elan Valley

History This special region is made up of 72 square miles of wooded hillsides, far reaching views and deep reservoirs that make everything look picture perfect.  The dams are the legacy of the Victorians, created to supply Birmingham with water these engineering marvels are a sight to be seen in any weather.  After heavy rainfall the water will spill over the dams, crashing down and creating a roar that echoes around the valley.  On the warmer days of late spring and summer you’ll be treated to still waters in the reservoir and the opportunity to encounter the wildlife of the area.


There are great walks, steady strolls and taxing hikes in the region or pick up a mountain bike and explore the trails.   There are also a number of events, tours and activities organised at the Elan Valley throughout the year.

The Elan Valley Estate in the Cambrian Mountains has also achieved International Dark Sky Park status and become the first privately owned, but publicly accessible park in the world to do so.

The silver-tier status has been granted by the International Dark Sky Association (IDA) based in Arizona, USA and means that the 45,000 acre estate is now protected against light pollution for the benefit of those who live and work there, as well as for visitors and for the abundance of wildlife found there.

The Elan Valley is near the lovely town of Rhayader, which has a good range of shops, pubs and cafes.  It is the gateway to the stunning and ancient Cambrian Mountains, which are fantastic for walks and drives.  For a real adventure why not take a look at Cambrian Safaris, a fantastic day out for all the family!


The Elan Valley is a great destination in mid Wales.  Fforest Fields is situated half an hour from the dams and makes a perfect base for exploring this historic region.  Why not take a look at the caravan and camping site, self-catering cottages and glamping we have available and book yourself a holiday away from it all…

Stay at Fforest Fields