Elan Village and Claerwen Reservoir Dog Walk and Driving Tour: Claerwen's Size
The dam took six years to complete and was almost twice the size of the other dams in the Elan valley. The Claerwen reservoir is almost the size of all the other reservoirs in the Elan Valley system combined. Officially commissioned by Queen Elizabeth II in 1952, the official opening was one of her first royal engagements.
The Elan Estate in Powys comprises 70 square miles of spectacular scenery, including moorland, woodland, rivers and six dams with their associated reservoirs.
The large Visitor Centre is well worth visiting. It has an exhibition hall showing the natural history of the Estate and its management, the water scheme, the building of the dams and hydro-electric power, restaurant and a gift shop. There is an audiovisual display on the Elan Valley and huge information display panels and folders you can flick through. You'll find plenty of reading material - loads of fascinating information and old pictures of the dams being built.