Llyn Brianne, including scenic circular drive
Tell your owner to set sat nav to take you to Ystradffin via Abergwesyn.
Check where you are going against the map in case your sat nav does not take you on the correct lanes.
The recommended route takes you on a scenic drive with lots of views.
Lanes are narrow, winding and steep in places as you drive through deep valleys with sheer drops on one side - several blind bends and summits.
Drive through a series of valleys and forests and up some steep hills with switchback roads, until you see the waters of Llyn Brianne before you.
There are some nice stopping spots along the shore before you get to the dam itself where us dogs can get out, have a sniff, stretch our legs and take a comfort break.
The drive around the reservoir alone is several miles long so we'll need a few stops.
Before you get to Ystradffin you'll see a sign to Llyn Brianne Dam.
We can park up in an area that used to be a quarry (presumably providing the material for the dam) and read the Plaque.
Walk over the Dam and around the side of the Llyn Brianne reservoir.
This could be a long or a short walk but we will never get all the way around the reservoir, so will need to turn around and walk back.
Circumnavigating Llyn Brianne on foot is not possible; it is HUGE. So we'll just go an hour or two or more round it clockwise (having crossed the dam), then walk back the same way we came - the way back always seems faster, doesn't it!
We can take one route to Abergwesyn via Beaulah and another lane which goes off from Llanwrtyd Wells.
If we go via Tirabad we will join the A483 at Llanwrtyd Wells, where we turn right (North) to Beaulah - contrary to sat nav's attempt to get us to go via Llanwrtyd Wells - before going on to Abergwesyn.
The scenery and walks are excellent.
Look out for the private beach area a few miles before the dam itself, a third of the way along the reservoir.
Worth a stop for us dogs to swim and chase after sticks in the reservoir.
Also a nice spot for picnics and barbecues in good weather (see pics at top of this page - 2nd pic first row to 1st pic second row).
The walk itself is a mixture of woodland and views of the reservoir, not too hilly. It follows the shore of the reservoir, heading into the woods from time to time as you curve round.
If we get bored of the reservoir, there are some woods we can sniff out for a different walk.
At one point you can appear to be doing a circular walk back to the dam, but let's not be fooled; there is no way back other than the way we came.
|Index of Jack's Days Out & Grand Tours, within an hour of Castle|
|1||Elan Village Reservoirs Dog Walks|
|2||Llyn Brianne Reservoir Dog Walks|
|3||Talybont on Usk Reservoir - circular|
|4||Tenby Town & Beach; dog friendly |
|5||Talley Abbey; circular Hilly Forest|
|6||Laugharne Castle & Dylan Thomas|
|7||23 more Dog Friendly Attractions|