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The Elan Valley Trail

By Dave Roberts   

on May 18, 2016    No ratings yet.

The Elan Valley Trail

Further Details

Route Summary:

A wild walk in Mid Wales’ Elenydd. Distance is one way.

Route Start Location: Rhayader

13.84 km 338 m 3 hours

Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.

Activivity Type: Easy Moderate Walk, Mountain Biking

Summits and Places on this Route


Check out the businesses nearby for more places to stay and drink.


Remember that we cannot outline every single hazard on a walk – it’s up to you to be safe and competent. Read up on Mountain Safety , Navigation and what equipment you’ll need.

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The Elan Valley Trail Ordnance Survey Map and GPX File Download

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The Elan Valley Trail

Walk into the heart of the Elenydd along three reservoirs and ending at the fourth. If you love waterside walks, then this will appeal. Makes a good approach into the Elenydd from Rhayader if you’re going wild camping as well.

This is wild terrain, but the route is easy enough and stays low on forestry tracks or tarmacked roads.

Most of the route can also be completed by bike.

The Route

Click here to view the full description and download a printable route guide and map.

  © Copyright Dave Croker and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Dave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader. Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.
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