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About Elan Valley

Brought to you by Welsh Water, Elan Valley is a great place to visit to escape the crowds with plenty of space for everyone. Open all year round, there’s plenty to do for all ages and abilities.

Admire the views as you walk or cycle around the estate. Enjoy seasonal food and drinks in the café. Look on as your children grapple with the adventure playground. Drive your car through breath-taking landscapes and park up to enjoy a peaceful picnic.

Our Story

As you breathe in the tranquility of Elan Valley, it can be hard to imagine that this has been a place with such long and varied history.

Four thousand years ago, Stone Age people made Elan their home within the forests of oak, birch and hazel. Later arrivals included Celts and Romans.

Elan’s resources attracted mining interests – copper, zinc and particularly lead were extracted right up to the end of the nineteenth century.

After ten years of construction, the first of Elan Valley’s dams were completed and opened by King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra in 1904. In 1952, Queen Elizabeth opened Claerwen Dam as one of her first duties as monarch.

Elan Valley Visitor Centre opened in 1985 (and was extended in 1997). It is a bustling hub where visitors may take refreshments in the cafe, buy souvenirs in the shop, hire bicycles or pick up a walking leaflet in preparation for a day out on the trails.

Today, Elan Valley is a haven for wildlife and nature with 72 square miles of stunning scenery offering year-round opportunities for exploration and outdoor activities.

Choose your adventure at Elan Valley…

About Elan Valley: Not For Profit

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water is a not-for-profit water company. We don’t have shareholders, which means that we put every single penny we make straight back into keeping bills down and looking after your water and beautiful environment – now, and for years to come.

We think it’s a much better way of doing things.

Other Highlights


Elan Valley has a range of cycle routes of varying difficulty – and you can hire bicycles and add-ons from our Bike Hub.


The Cafe

Enjoy a refreshing drink, homemade cake or hot meal from our delicious seasonal menu in our Visitor Centre Cafe. A warm welcome await.


What’s On

Seasonal celebrations, guided walks, wildlife trails, competitions – Elan Valley promotes and hosts events all year round.