The Elan Valley
I’m astounded at the natural beauty I get to see on an almost daily basis. The Elan Valley is one of them. I remember visiting the area as a young boy, so it must have been a very long time ago! Living not too far away from this paradise and not feeling too well lately, I gathered up the wife and we both jumped in the car and off we went.
I headed for the town of Rhyader and was planning to stop and have a wander about. When we got there, I could see the signs pointing to the Elan Valley, so I carried on driving. I’m so glad I did, well we both were. It’s still March, so the roads were very quiet. The only other life form we came across were Sheep!!
Perhaps they could change the name of the area to A Lamb Valley? because of all the roaming sheep. Just a thought. There is something serene and calming about meandering through trees and water, obviously I mean in a peaceful setting. You couldn’t say the same thing if it was in the middle of a war zone.
The Elan Valley dam supplies the water to the UK’s second city, Birmingham. It travels something like 100 miles through a pipe to a reservoir in Frankley which then distributes this liquid gold to the lucky residents.
A Rugged LandscapeThe landscape can leave you thinking this could be anywhere in the world. The rocks, the flowing water, trees that guard over the place. Some people have told me it reminds them of Dartmoor and I tend to agree. Except for the mountains. I don’t think they have the fog here like they do on the moors.
You can see all of my Elan Valley photographs on Flickr.
Official website for the Elan Valley.