Enjoy National Walking Month in the Elan Valley
We love National Walking Month as it gives us a chance to share our favourite trails and to discover new ones.
The Cambrian Mountains has tons of great walking routes so, to be a bit different, how about visiting or re-visiting the Elan Valley? The loop around the reservoirs is spectacular and probably the most popular road and cycle route taking in sweeping panoramas across the valley.
However for walkers (and cyclists), there’s also a great linear path. The Elan Valley Trail that takes in dramatic natural scenery alongside ornate dams and reservoirs. A huge Victorian engineering project allowed water to flow 70 miles under gravity to Birmingham. Today we can still enjoy that intricate Victorian architecture throughout this walk as well as looking out for wildlife including buzzards, peregrines and red kites.
The Elan Valley Trail follows the line of an old railway that was used during construction of the dams all those years ago. Today it provides a largely flat route suitable for walkers of all abilities. The trail is well maintained and the surface is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.
The full trail starts in Cwmdauddwr where there is a car park and ends at the Craig Goch Dam nine miles later. There are maps and further information on walking trails on the Elan Valley website and, depending on how far you want to walk, there are options to walk just a segment of the trail, perhaps stopping at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre for welcome refreshments in the cafe, which has views out over the River Elan and Caban Coch Dam.