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Elan Valley Reservoir Challenge

27 km / 17 miles

This is a self-navigated route near Rhyader around reservoirs and on remote moorland requiring maps and compass skills. Basic mapping is on the route's website below.

From the visitor centre the route goes past each one of the dams, follows rivers & reservoirs, explores woodland, climbs hills, and finally returns to the start point by tracing the old railway line that was used during dam construction.


Path Type
Other Paths
Other Paths; Very Challenging; Lake/Reservoir/Loch; Moorland
Start and Finish
SN927646 - Elan Valley Visitor Centre, Powys
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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
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Route Profile:

26.9 Km (16.7 miles)
911 m (2,989 ft) ascent
499 m (1,637 ft)  maximum height