GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


Elan Valley Reservoirs

11 miles (17 km)

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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Photos

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Caban Coch dam wall

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Over Caban-coch Reservoir with Dolymynach Reservoir beyond

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Caban Coch dam

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Garreg-Ddu Reservoir

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Beside Garreg-Ddu Reservoir

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Footpath above the Elan valley looking down to Pennygarreg Reservoir

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Pen-y-Garreg Reservoir

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Buttercup meadow by the reservoirs

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Video

GPS Files

GPX File

Elan Valley Reservoirs.gpx (right click - 'Save As')

Memory Map Route

Elan Valley Reservoirs.mmo (right click - 'Save As')

Map