Elan Village and Claerwen Reservoir Dog Walk and Driving Tour: Visitor's Centre
Elan Valley Visitor Centre, Elan Valley, Rhayader, Powys, LD6 5HP
Tel: Rangers' Office: +44 (0)1597 810880
TIC/Shop: +44 (0)1597 810898
Cafe: +44 (0)1597 810899
Fax:+44 (0)1597 810206
The Elan Valley Estate attracts a wide variety of visitors and a good starting point for all is the Visitor Centre which has a wide variety of information and educational and interactive resources.
In total the Elan Estate attracts more than 400,000 visitors annually. Many people come to enjoy the peace and quiet, some come for the wildlife and scenery, whilst others take part in more active pursuits.
The Claerwen reservoir and dam in Powys, Wales, were the last additions to the Elan Valley Reservoirs system built to provide water for the increasingly demanding city of Birmingham. Built mainly of concrete, the exterior of the dam face is dressed stone. The dam itself is known as a gravity dam. This type of dam is built on solid foundations such that the pressure of the reservoir behind should be in equilibrium with the total weight of the dam itself for complete stability.
The Elan Estate is owned by Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, and mostly vested in the Elan Valley Trust, a charity.
Dwr Cymru Welsh Water is responsible for the Visitor Centre, the dams and reservoirs, the woodlands and most of the Elan Valley Trail.
Dwr Cymru Welsh Water is committed to furthering the conservation of the environment as well as protecting both natural and archaeological heritage and promoting access and recreation.