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Elan Valley (three dams)

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No. of Reviews: 4

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Latitude
52.30092118457953
Longitude
-3.5109901428222656
Trail Directions
From the centre of Rhayader take the B4518 towards the Elan Valley. After 3 miles pass the visitor's centre to your left, continue for 500 yards to the first dam. (I promise you cannot miss it!) Park in the car park to the right, cross the road and go through the gate to the track alongside the lake.
Trail Length
11.1 miles
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Rhayader (mid Wales)
   


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
June 17, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Sean , from Braiden.com

Summary:
I see from your three dams route you suggest that forest tracks can be
explored from the route. This is not so. Cycling is only allowed on the Elan
Valley Trail and on the waymarked bridleways. would you correct your website
entry asap to avoid further confusion. Also the Elan Valley Trail has been
developed by Dwr Cymru (Hyder plc) ,Sustrans and the Elan Valley Trust and
not Severn Trent Water perhaps you could correct that bit also, I also suggest that for more information on the Elan Estate you recommend
www.elanvalley.org.uk which is our website rather than the e-mail contact
given. Many thanks Pete Jennings Head Countryside Ranger, Elan Estate.

Recommended Route:
I will just 'cut and paste' in the detailed review section.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Be very careful where you cycle.



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Review Date
June 15, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Sean Braiden , from Powys

Summary:
For more information on the Elan Valley contact liz@Imrolt.fsnet.co.uk

Recommended Route:
The Elan Valley is as wonderful as ever...........
I credited the trail to Severn Trent Water but I now know it is Welsh Water (Dwr Cymru) that has made this amazing valley so pleasant to explore.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The Long Mind in Shropshire



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Review Date
March 19, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Sean Braiden , from Powys

Summary:
You can now ride all the way from Rhayader on a stone track thus avoiding the road.

Recommended Route:
The trail has been extended.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Lyn Brianne.



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Review Date
August 30, 1999

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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Once a month

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Reviewed by: Sean Braiden , from Powys Wales

Summary:
The scenery in this area is stunning. The tracks are well drained, well maintained (thanks to Severn Trent Water) and should be fine all year round. This trail is great for all riders of any age or ability. All along the trail you will find picnic areas with trestle tables and benches. The birdlife is varied.

Recommended Route:
(All milages are from the start of the trail)
From the first dam continue along the track with the lake to your left for one mile. there is a bridge crossing the lake but do not cross it, pick up the trail again after crossing the road. After 2.8 miles the track meets the road, continue on the road and cross the small stone bridge at the 3.5 mile mark. There is a climb now up to the second dam but it is not too hard. Continue on the road past the second dam with the second lake now on your right. You come to the third dam after 5.8 miles. Cross over this dam (there are toilets here by the way) and continue down the stone trail on your way back. (the lake is now of course on your right. At the 8.2 mile mark you meet the road again but the trail continues on the other side of the road.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
There are so many trails in the Elan Valley including some very difficult technical tracks. From the three dams there are some forest tracks to be explored. If you find yourself in the area beg, borrow or steal a bike and do it! (Or you can always walk the trails. BTW the 3 dams track is suitable also for wheelchairs. Well done Severn Trent!)



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