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Go For A Walk In The Elan Valley

Elan Valley is one of the most popular places to go walking in Wales. There is open access over most of the estate and over eighty miles of designated rights of way.

Check out our many walking routes below, all with spectacular views!

The Elan Valley Trail is a particular favourite with its surfaced paths which follow the route of the old Elan Valley Railway. It is used by walkers, horse riders and cyclists and is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

If you would like advice on walks at Elan, please get in touch with our Rangers or pop in to the Visitor Centre. Guided walks are also available through the year. Visit our What’s On page for upcoming events and Dam Open Days.

Visitors should wear appropriate footwear when walking our trails.

Elan Valley Walking Routes

Take Care

Terrain on the hills of the estate can be challenging, varying between tussocks of purple moor-grass to deep patches of sphagnum moss, plus there are frequent sheep tracks which are easily mistaken for upland paths. Some navigational skills are essential and Ordnance Survey maps and compasses are necessary for some of the longer routes.

Please note mobile phone coverage is very poor on all networks in this area.

Please do not enter fenced areas around farms unless you have been given permission by the farmer.

Dog Walking

Here in the Elan Valley, we love dogs!

We ask that you are responsible while out walking with your pet. Our estate has a lot of free-roaming livestock so it is essential that dogs are kept under close control and on leads.

To minimise the health risks associated with humans coming into contact with dog poo, we operate a ‘stick and flick’ policy on our trails. Please bag and take your dog litter home with you or find a stick and flick it well off the paths and under bushes.

You can also dispose of bagged dog litter in the bins around our Visitor Centre. Please don’t bag dog poo and leave the plastic bags out on the Estate. We have many sites of SSSI Importance and plastic interferes with the fragile eco-systems. We offer free poo bags at the Information Desk in the Visitor Centre if you arrive without one.