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The Elan Valley is an area in Mid Wales which includes a series of 5 reservoirs which are also known as the ‘Welsh Lakes District”. They were built by the City of Birmingham’s Water Department. Water was gravity fed to Birmingham by a 118km long aqueduct.
The dams in the valley were built at the end of the 19th century and officially opened in 1904 by King Edward VI and Queen Alexandria.
Today, the Elan Valley is an Estate owned by Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water and run by the Elan Valley Trust. They run the Visitor Centre, woodlands and most of the Elan Valley Trail. The trust is committed to conservation of the estate and the protection of the natural and archeological heritage.
The dams were used during World War II for the testing of the Barnes Wallace’s bouncing bomb, in particular, Nant Y Gro dam (which now no longer exists). This testing proved an invaluable experience for the bombing raids in the Ruhr Valley in Germany of the Möhne, Eder and Sorpe dams.
Click on the thumbnails to see pictures of the reservoirs and dams kindly supplied by Elan Valley Ranger Service.
|Brecon Beacons National Park|
|The Wye Valley|
|The Elan Valley|
|Hay on Wye|