Elan Village and Claerwen Reservoir Dog Walk and Driving Tour: Information
The dams and reservoirs of the Elan Estate are situated within an area of outstanding scenic beauty. They provide a lasting amenity in their own right for visitors to enjoy.
The protection of the water catchment to prevent pollution of the reservoirs has safeguarded the habitats of numerous species of flora and fauna.
These immense dams were built to provide water for Birmingham.
The Claerwen dam was finished in 1952 but was given a late Victorian architecture to blend in with the earlier dams in the valley. It was necessary to employ Italian stonemasons as British stonemasons were still working in London on the post-war rebuilding of the late 1940s.