Elan Valley Reservoirs

This waterside cycling and walking route takes you through the beautiful Elan Valley in Powys. The traffic free cycle path runs along the Caban-coch, Garreg-dduand Pen-y-garreg reservoirs. It's a very beautiful area with the series of lakes surrounded by lush countryside, attractive woodland, wildflower meadows, streams, waterfalls and the Welsh hills and mountains. Along the way there is the option of climbing high above the Elan Valley on a variety of footpaths. From here you can enjoy stunning views over the reservoirs. Also of note are the spectacular dams including the Garreg-ddu dam which has the appearance of a viaduct and the Caban Coch dam which resembles a magnificent waterfall.
The route starts from the Elan Valley car park near to the Caban Coch dam. Here there is an excellent visitor centre with a cafe, toilets and a wealth of information on the area. You then follow the good, surfaced path along the reservoirs finishing at the dam at Pen-y-Garreg Reservoir. The cycle route can be extended to a challenging 64 mile route as shown on the video below.
You can virtually follow the route by clicking on the google street view link below!
The route can be extended by heading to the bearby Claerwen Reservoir which has a nice cycle and walking trail along the northern side of the water.

Elan Valley Reservoirs Postcode

 LD6 5HP
N.B Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Elan Valley Reservoirs Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map

Elan Valley Reservoirs Aerial Photo View Map

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Distance11 miles (17 km)
Joining RoutesClaerwen Reservoir
Memory Map RouteElan Valley Reservoirs.mmo (right click - 'Save As')

GPX File

Elan Valley Reservoirs.gpx (right click - 'Save As')
Route Photos
Caban Coch dam wall
Over Caban-coch Reservoir with Dolymynach Reservoir beyond
Caban Coch dam
Garreg-Ddu Reservoir
Beside Garreg-Ddu Reservoir
Footpath above the Elan valley looking down to Pennygarreg Reservoir
Pen-y-Garreg Reservoir 1
Pen-y-Garreg Reservoir 2

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Map (Route in Red)
Aerial Photo View of this route

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