Five ways to enjoy the (imminent) sunshine in the Cambrian Mountains!
With the hottest weekend of the year only days away, there is plenty of opportunity for outdoor fun. We bring you our top picks on how to devote some of the precious sunny hours outdoors in the Elan Valley and Cambrian Mountains over the coming weeks…
1. Dambusters Walk (24 May)
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 WWII Dambusters Raid). There is a steep climb of 40m up the steps to the top of the dam, followed by a very steep 140m climb. Meet at the Visitor Centre at 2pm, back around 5pm.
2. Dam Open Day (27 May)
Join our Rangers at a 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.
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.
The dam will be open between 1pm and 4pm, simply turn up anytime between these hours.
Entry fee £1 each (adults and children).
3. Man vs. Horse Race (14 June)
Unknown to many, the World Alternative Games doesn’t only run from 8-25 August. Llanwrtyd Wells, home of the games, will host the Man vs. Horse race already on 14 June. It took 25 years before a man finally beat a horse and maybe this year we’re in for another upset on the marathon route.
Click here for a look at the official brochure for this year’s events.
4. The National Cycle Collection
The summer always makes for great cycling activities. The national cycle collection will take you on a spectacular ride through the ages of cycling. While there, why not cycle to the museum to make your visit an all-encompassing trip?
5. Red Kite Events
Staying on the cycling track Red Kite Events offers plenty of opportunities throughout the summer regarding road cycling and mountain biking. The Devil’s Challenge is the next mountain biking event and will be taking place on 8 June. Starting in Llanwrtyd Wells you can chose routes from 55k, 85k, and the monstrous 130k route.
A little while ago we had a chat with the World Alternative Games event secretary Karen Perkins. Click here for further information on this year’s events.
To see more about the various Red Kite Events please follow this link.