Kapoors Year 8: Scotland/India/Bhutan travel blog

The Brynafon Hotel Was Once A Victorian Workhouse, Formerly Part Of Britain's...

After A Cozy Night In Rhayader, We Set Off The Next Morning...

The Oxidized Glass Lets Light Into The First Dam's Underground Operations Complex

With No Water Being Released From The Dam, The Buildings Below Look...

It's Mid-October Now And The Lush Ferns Are Showing Signs Of The...

As We Drove Deeper Into The Elan Valley, We Came Across A...

More Interesting Signs Displaying Both The Welsh And English Versions Of The...

The Second Dam Sports A Copper-Topped Shelter In The Middle Of The...

It Would Be Quite A Balancing Act To Walk Across The Top...

These Two Sheep Have Managed To Get Outside The Fencing, Thank Goodness...

It Was Beautiful Driving Around The Valley, Admiring The Lovely Lakes Formed...

This Last One Has A Narrow Road Crossing Over To The Other...

All Went Well Until We Met A Car Coming In The Opposite...

At The Other Side Of The Dam We Encountered A Riding/Cycling Trail,...

I Can't Imagine Us Riding Around This Beautiful Valley, But Walking Or...

I Stopped To Admire Two Horses Down In The Valley, Before I...

I Felt Badly That I Had Nothing For Them, But Then I...

Further Along The Loop We Were Driving We Came Upon Several Vehicles...

Other Guests At The Lodge Had Told Us About Coming Across Skateboarders...

We Stopped At The Top Of The Hill To Watch These Daredevils...

You Can Make Out The Hiking/Cycling Train To The Right Of This...

No English Equivalent On This Sign, I Dare You To Figure Out...

We Finished Our Morning Drive Back Where We'd Started, Near The Lovely...


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BACKGROUND

Here’s what the Lonely Planet – Great Britain chapter on Hay-On-Wye and Mid Wales has to say the Elan Valley:

Rhayader

Rhayader is a small livestock-market town revolving around a central crossroads marked by a war-memorial clock. It’s a place that appeals to walkers visiting the nearby Elan Valley and tackling the 136-mile Wye Valley Walk.

Brynafon Workhouse

Rest assured, you won’t be enduring any Dickensian treatment at this former workhouse. There’s an attractive range of rooms, some with four-poster beds, some with exposed beams, but all with leafy outlooks over the River Wye and Elan Valley.

Elan Valley

In the early 19th century, dams were built on the River Elan (pronounced el-len), west of Rhayader, with a fourth large dam following in 1952 on the tributary River Claerwen. Together they provide over 264 million litres of water daily for Birmingham and parts of South and Mid-Wales and 4.2 megawatts of hydroelectric power. The need to protect the 70-sq-mile watershed has turned it

into an important wildlife conservation area.

Located just downstream of the lowest dam is Welsh Water’s Elan Valley Visitor Centre, with interesting exhibits on the scheme and leaflets on the estate’s 80 miles of nature trails and footpaths. The Elan Valley Trail is an 8-mile traffic-free walking, horse riding and cycling path that mostly follows the line of the long-gone Birmingham Corporation Railway alongside the River Elan and its reservoirs.

KAPOORS ON THE ROAD

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