The Elan Valley

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The Elan Valley

I’m astounded at the natural beauty I get to see on an almost daily basis. The Elan Valley is one of them. I remember visiting the area as a young boy, so it must have been a very long time ago! Living not too far away from this paradise and not feeling too well lately, I gathered up the wife and we both jumped in the car and off we went.

Mid Wales

I headed for the town of Rhyader and was planning to stop and have a wander about. When we got there, I could see the signs pointing to the Elan Valley, so I carried on driving. I’m so glad I did, well we both were. It’s still March, so the roads were very quiet. The only other life form we came across were Sheep!!

Sheep Everywhere!

A Lamb foraging
A Lamb foraging

Perhaps they could change the name of the area to A Lamb Valley? because of all the roaming sheep. Just a thought. There is something serene and calming about meandering through trees and water, obviously I mean in a peaceful setting. You couldn’t say the same thing if it was in the middle of a war zone.

The Dam

The Elan Valley Dam
The Elan Valley Dam

The Elan Valley dam supplies the water to the UK’s second city, Birmingham. It travels something like 100 miles through a pipe to a reservoir in Frankley which then distributes this liquid gold to the lucky residents.

A Rugged Landscape

A rugged but beautiful landscape
A rugged but beautiful landscape
The landscape can leave you thinking this could be anywhere in the world. The rocks, the flowing water, trees that guard over the place. Some people have told me it reminds them of Dartmoor and I tend to agree. Except for the mountains. I don’t think they have the fog here like they do on the moors.

You can see all of my Elan Valley photographs on Flickr.

Official website for the Elan Valley.

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10 Comments
  • susiesopinions
    March 24, 2018

    Len lived in Wales for 7 years, after his 22 years in the R.A.F. He took me there once for a week in a B & B, and it never stopped raining, so we came home after 4 days of being told we couldn’t spend the day in the B & B. Yes, you are right about the sheep.

    • Trev Jones
      March 24, 2018

      You must have picked the wrong time to be there Susie. ๐Ÿ™

  • Hope Stewart
    March 26, 2018

    Thank you so much for this article. I am part Welsh from the Rhyl area. Keep me posted about Wales if you can. Thank you! ๐Ÿš—๐Ÿ“ท

    • Trev Jones
      March 26, 2018

      Ok, Hope. I should be posting more photos of Wales as and when. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jay
    March 27, 2018

    It’s kind of great that you still appreciate it – so many people take for granted the things that are close to home.

    • Trev Jones
      March 27, 2018

      Thank you Jay. Yes, I certainly appreciate it, something special. Compared to living in a city, it’s almost like being the only person left alive in the world.

  • zumpoems
    March 30, 2018

    Love Wales! Enjoyed staying with a family that had a sheep ranch. Great people! Great natural beauty!

    • Trev Jones
      March 30, 2018

      I’m living in Wales now, Zumpoems, so I agree with every word, thank you

  • lghiggins
    April 2, 2018

    During a time of bad news from all sides, it is refreshing to hear a joyous note and view your beautiful part of the world.

    • Trev Jones
      April 2, 2018

      That’s a very kind thing for you to say, lghiggins. Thank you very much. I appreciate it.




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