Today’s walk DEFINITELY made up for yesterday’s mudfest. Ignoring the light rain, we headed over to the the magnificence that is the Elan Valley, to walk around Carreg-ddu reservoir. The area is nothing short of stunning, and the scenery astounds you as soon as you leave the main road. We parked Skyra (our car) below Pen-y-Garreg dam, and followed the footpath south.


Rich found balancing on the narrow footpath hard work, what with the immediate drop into the water, but past Nant Methan – the former workings of the Elan mine, it becomes a solid farm track. After crossing the bridge between the Carreg-ddu and Caban-coch reservoirs, the path follows the former tramway, built to aid construction of the dam. This means that you avoid walking on the minor road – by no means busy in January, but likely to be more so in the Summer.

All the while we were blessed with views of high hills and still waters. We didn’t see any other walkers, just the odd car pulling up to take pics. It’s no wonder that we love mid-Wales. It tends to get left off the radar as people are focused on visiting either the Brecon Beacons or Snowdonia, which means that we get to enjoy it in peace. Powys absolutely has a place in our hearts, and is an area we’ll return to again and again. There’s weeks of walking to be had in the Elan Valley alone!