The Elan Valley is a great day out at any time, but on open days you can visit the inside of one of the dams between 1pm and 4pm.
The dates for 2018 are as follows:
- Wednesday 4th April
- Wednesday 30th May
- Saturday 30th June
- Tuesday 31st July
- Tuesday 14th August
- Saturday 1st September
- Thursday 1st November
This is your chance to venture into the Pen y Garreg Dam and up to the central tower. You’ll enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the Reservoir wall – and learn about the feat of engineering that made Elan.
Park at Penbont car park (adjacent to the Penbont House Tea Room) and take a walk through the woodland, up the steps to the dam entrance.
There are steps inside the dam which may be wet and in some areas there are low light levels. Children should be carefully supervised at all times.
Minimum donation £1 for adults and children. All proceeds go to WaterAid.
Please check the Elan Valley events page for any late changes to this schedule.
Amazing cottage!! Very comfortable and homely. Lovely hosts!
Fab area – some great places to visit, will be returning!
If you want a great curry eat at Raj Mahal.
Steph + Jon.
Fantastic location, amazing cottage and lovely hosts. Would love to return and will recommend to friends.
Janet & Barry.
2nd time of being here. Brilliant. 🙂
Sally + Mike.
Had a wonderful stay with lovely hosts. Cottage is clean, cosy and comfortable with everything we needed.
The views are amazing and Alfie enjoyed his morning run up and down the hill.
Would love to come back again in the future and will be recommending to friends and family.
Tania, Adrian & Alfie the dog xx.
We have had a lovely time staying in the cottage. It was clean and comfortable and the host was very friendly and helpful. We would gladly stay here again.
Bev & Phil.
We’ve had an amazing stay here, the cottage is lovely and the views even more so! We had everything we needed. The owners were absolutely amazing and very friendly. We had a little problem with the WiFi, but other than that it was a great holiday for my birthday!
We had such a lovely time in this lovely cottage, and we will let our family and friends know that it is a great place to come if you want to relax and recharge your batteries. Thank you.
Leslie & Mick.
We’ve had a lovely week here in Rhayader. Despite ht e rain we managed to enjoy our days out. The cottage is comfortable, cosy and clean. Thank you.
Lyn & Rob with Tyson (dog).
We have had such a lovely time at your beautiful cottage. It has been just what we needed for a week away from “real life”. We have had a peaceful & relaxing time! Thank you!
James & Kathryn.
Grace & Adiran,
Many thanks for letting us stay in our wonderful cottage, loved the homeliness and quirkiness of it & the kids really enjoyed their time here! Thanks for all your hospitality and days out recommendations – great place here & we will come visit again!!!
Love from us all XXX.
Andy, Lisa, Ellie (5) & Will (2).
After a warm welcome, we settled in to our cosy cottage. Beautiful views all mod cons we needed. Thanks for babysitting our dog Robbie, he says woof! Would come back in a heartbeat.
Thanks very much,
Michal, Mahan, Alex, Jamie and Robbie.
Grat views. Warm & friendly owners.
Enjoyable walks behind the cottage and from the village tea shop. Would recommend the circular walk around the hills seen in the view from the terrace. Devils Bridge + Aberystwyth. Also the nature trail @ Llyn Clywedog well worth a visit.
Jean & John + Freddie (dog).
Adrian and Grace were very welcoming and we really enjoyed the eggs!
The cottage was spotless and had everything you could possibly need.
We would recommend Hafren Forest walk to the source of the river Severn. Elan Valley walks are also nice.
Also recommend Roberts Coffee shop is Dolgellau, a bit like stepping back in time. Gret cake selection.
For a great meal go to The Brigands Inn at the junction of the A470 & A458 near Mallwyd.
Julie, Dean & Jess.
A lovely cottage and a perfect location. Enjoyed every minute. Elan Valley, beautiful walk. Will be back next year.
Thanks to Adrian + Grace wonderful hosts.
Les, Delphene + Stanley (our dog).
Absolutely gorgeous cottage & wonderful hosts. We had a really lovely weekend, it was everything we needed. Would 100% come back! Love the peace & quiet & how clean it was too! Thank you so much! XXX
Maja & John.
Wow! We’ve had the most fantastic few days.
Elan Valley was gorgeous and worth a visit.
Harry’s birthday request was to climb a mountain – so off we went to Pen y fan. We got to the top and the views were stunning.
Snowdonia is also amazing and worth the drive.
Adrian & Grace are so very kind and helpful and the cottage is gorgeous.
We’d love to come back 🙂
Chris, Corinne, Harry (7) + Isabelle (3).
Very comfortable, clean, well-equipped cottage. Beautiful views, great location. Thanks for your hospitality.
Phillipa, Michael, Ciaran + Josie.
As always a fabulous stay – peace and quiet beautiful surroundings – arrived to bara brith – first step tea and cake!
Adrian & Grace have got this rural idyl just perfect – we will be back again (as usual) later in the year & quite possibly once again without the kids!
The perfect place to recharge your batteries.
Glen & Siobhan.
Great stay! A clean cottage, with all the equipment needed to cook a hearty tea and breakfast before and after the Royal Welsh Show. Ideal for the little two, a great vacation.
Many thanks X, Diolch yn fawr.
Al, Jess, Eiry & Osian.
Lovely stay for our visit to the Royal Welsh Show. Very helpful hosts, thank you very much for a warm Welsh welcome. Diolch!
Elwy, Lowri & Dili.
Lovely accommodation & very helpful hosts. Thanks for having us!
OK, UN, NR.
Fantastic cottage, with everything you need. Lovely warm welcome. Gorgeous views. Fantastic views and very peaceful.
We really enjoyed our stay.
Thank you. XXX
Chelsea + Jamie.
Had a lovely visit, wonderful surroundings. We will definitely be coming back!
Thanks for everything!
Simone, Elaine + Antonia.
We were overjoyed staying here. It was cozy and comfortable Very grateful for being so compassionate for the disabled by specially preparing a bed for me. Thanks a million.
The Teoh family.
Thank you so much for your lovely welcome to us, cake, eggs & treats for Bailey & Milk. We had a lovely week staying here. The cottage has been so comfy (home from home) with everything we could have needed + such a wonderful spot + amazing views.
Bailey made a new friend with Ryan & looked disappointed if he wasn’t in the garden to say hello.
Thank you Grace & Adrian for a lovely stay.
David, Pip, Zoe & Bailey.
A warm welcome, a beautiful and well equipped cottage with fantastic views! 🙂
Lovely area, enjoyed the trip to Aberystwyth and a ride on the Vale of Rheidol steam railway.
Lynne + Lewis.
Arrived on a sunny afternoon to this lovely cottage and beautiful part of the world. The views from the cottage are stunning! We were made most welcome by Grace & Adrian, such lovely helpful people. Our week remained dry and mostly sunny. We were so lucky with the weather and managed some great walks with our dog Macey – Elan valley & reservoirs, Hafren forest and Hafod are all worth a visit.
Would recommend these holiday cottages to friends.
Thank you both and a big thank you for our welcome pack – and Macey’s too, such a nice touch!
Dave + Andrea + Macey.
Clean & cosy cottage – didn’t miss home at all!! Loved the welcome goodies, especially the dog treats. Bara Brith was delicious 🙂 Cracking views!!
Weather not ideal, but sunshine when it mattered. Glorious Elan Valley – once in the rain and then on bicycles in the sun!! Complete with ‘baby’ trailer for the dogs!!!
Devil’s Bridge and Mynach Falls were a great day out and it was good to see the sea at Aberystwyth – as well as a little shopping!!
The Hafod Estate has some wonderful walking, waterfalls too. Powis Castle, Mansion and gardens was a real treat.
Lovely part of the country, would definitely come back.
Sue & Mike with Scoobie & Millie.
A great short break in a very beautiful part of the country. Great walks on the Wye Valley trail and in the Elan Valley.
The cottage is very comfortable and well equipped, everything necessary for a home from home.
Sandra & Steve.
What a wonderful cottage in a perfect location, had a lovely stay, Elan Valley beautiful. Hosts very welcoming, tea / coffee & biscuits very welcome.
Debbie & Mark & Cassie.
As everyone else has already said in varying words, Elan Cottage is a pure delight. We did the “home from home” sigh when we first stepped through the door. The biscuits and bara brith for us humans was a lovely touch and ‘Chin’ our dog was made up with his own goodie bag!
There are so many nice places to visit. Our most favourite place was Hafod. The walks are just magical with surprises at every turn. Definitely a “I wasn’t expecting that” place. Remember to take some supplies with you.
Aberystwyth is a brilliant town and for a driving experience the mountain road after Staylittle from Dylife to Machynlleth is pure bliss. The best road in the UK by far!!
Thank you Grace and Adrian for making our stay so memorable.
P.S. If you have a dog, don’t forget to visit Sophie Bach Coffee shop in Aberystwyth. Biscuits galore and they photograph your dog and put it on the wall.
Paul, Martina & Chin
What a peaceful yet dramatic part of the world. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. The ride through Elan to Machynlleth and back over the mountains was world-class! The kites … the dams … the views … the lovely people. Thank you for letting us use your lovely place as a base.
Tom, Dan, Tim, Jack.
Very impressed. Lovely cosy cottage. Great location with amazing views. Would certainly come back again.
Paul, Sarah, George & Molly.
Lovely cottage and nice location. Despite some snow one morning, plenty of walking & site seeing & managed a flight at Shobdon Aerodrome. Would like to return again.
Thank you for a great week.
Very good, spacious accommodation with welcome tray a lovely thought (including doggy treats). All much appreciated. Beautiful location, with lovely walks. Thoroughly enjoyed our week here.
Geoff & Janet & our dog Portia.
Had a lovely time. Shame it couldn’t be longer.
Paul, Chris, Kelly and Missy the dog.
We had a wonderful stay here, the cottage has been incredibly comfortable and had everything we needed. Thank you for making us feel so welcome and for the tips on where to go. Lovely walks in the Elan Valley, Hafren Forest and around Devil’s Bridge.
Jenny, Dave, Nick & Hester.
Lovely accommodation. OK view. Nice and quiet. Cosy. Very helpful hosting (as got lost). Had a perfect sleep.
Definitely recommend to family / friends. Wonderful stay. Very clean and organised.
Would definitely stay again =D
Nicole, Pavel & Samantha.
Well, what can we say, “what a find!”
Lovely, warm, cosy place to stay.
A big thank-you to Grace & Adrian – your attention to detail is second to none! Everything we needed in terms of household facilities plus more. It felt like home from home.
Will definitely be here again, thanks again. Just perfect.
🙂 Great hosts. 10/10.
Kate, Carys + Nana + Chewie the pup!
A perfect night’s stay. Thank you.
Jo, Ian , Oliver.
It was good to be out in the wild life. Plus I have had a very nice sleep.
Lovely cottage with wonderful surroundings. The people were also very helpful as well as being very kind.
Elaine & Simone.
Are you a fan of the Hinterland (Y Gwyll) series on BBC Wales and S4C? The third (and final) series returns to BBC Wales on Wednesday 5th of April at 9pm. If you live outside Wales, tune to channel 964 / 976 (HD) on Freesat, or 952 / 978 (HD) on Sky.
The series is shot in and around Aberystwyth and the Cambrian Mountains, and many of the stunning rural locations are shown on this interactive map of the area – it has been updated for the new series.
Hinterland Location Map
Many of these locations are within a 30 minute drive of Wye View, and this map provides a great excuse for a drive through the Cambrian Mountains!
Lovely homely feel, was very welcoming, everything you need and loads of places to visit. Will be back!
Great weekend away. Thank you. X
Katie & Sam.
Amazing! Loved every minute, don’t want to go. Will be recommending to friends and family.
Will be back soon!
Natalie & Ben & Family.
A perfect spot for a relaxing weekend – everything so well thought out including the dog treats!
Phil, Maria & Thaso.
Thank you very much for letting us stay at your beautiful cottage, so short notice. We’ve really enjoyed our night here, you have been very welcoming and the cottage was clean, cosy and beyond expectations.
Rowan, Ross, Shannon, Megan and Beau (the dog).
Natural Resources of Wales have spent many hours carrying the Google Street View Trekker backpack around the paths of Bwlch Nant yr Arian. The result is a high-quality 360 degree Streetview of the paths around the site, so you can see the fantastic views of the Cambrian Mountains and plan your visit!
There is a gallery of all of the Natural Resources of Wales Street Views or you can go straight to the map for Bwlch Nant yr Arian and drag the yellow man from the bottom right corner to one of the trails on the map.
Bwlch Nant yr Arian features walking, mountain biking and running trails, and new this year is an MTB skills track – opens 4th March 2017.
It is also worth planning your visit around the 2pm (3pm during British Summer Time) Red Kite Feeding – down by the lake you can typically see 80 or more Red Kites diving down to pick up food. The feeding only lasts around 15 minutes though, so make sure you are on time!
Thanks for a great stay, good location.
Barry & Barbara.
We have been busy making some changes to the cottages to help maintain our high feedback scores and improve our guests’ experience. Here’s what we have been up to.
Last year we renewed the slate roof over Wye and Severn Cottages. This was to install insulation and repair broken slates, and where possible level out the bumps & dips in the roof. Most of the slate was reused, but we did have to purchase reclaimed Welsh slates for around 15% of the roof to match. The result is much cosier and more energy efficient cottages.
We have also begun pointing the walls – in some cases they are in their original 150-year old state, so this is well overdue!
Throughout all four cottages we have replaced the carpeting with a more neutral, tweed beige carpet. We think it looks great and hope that you agree!
We have updated the WiFi network with new equipment to improve link stability.
In Elan, Severn and Wye Cottages we have repainted the skirting boards, architrave and banisters, which we think lightens the rooms. We have also redecorated the walls and ceilings upstairs in Hafren, Severn and Wye – and we will be doing the rest in Spring / Summer 2017. While we were decorating, we spotted “1847” carved into a roof truss in Severn Cottage – this is almost certainly the year that the barn was built.
Part of our 4 star Visit Wales grading is based on an assessment of the look and feel of the cottages; we hope that you agree that the changes we have made are positive and will help us maintain our standard.
New carpet and decoration.
A* accommodation, beautiful location clean, spotless. Plenty hot water, all the attention to detail. Wonderful lovely couple as our hosts. We’ll be back next year. Comfortable beds, space, etc. Milk left for arrivals, coffee, tea etc. a wonderful touch. Best place we have stayed, many thanks.
Di, JJ & Rodders.
Just brilliant accommodation, excellent hosts, everything you need in the cottage. We’ll be back.
Mike & Sally.
Thank you for letting us stay in your delightful cottage. We’ve all thoroughly enjoyed our visit and appreciated your hospitality greatly. We hope to return.
Louise , Leigh & girls.
Thanks for everything! We had a lovely stay and felt very welcome.
Nicola & Mark
The most perfect way to spend our anniversary. Thank you.
A beautiful cottage, so comfortable and warm, and you are such lovely warm people. What more could we ask for? We will definitely be coming back. Thank you.
Clare & Luke.
Lovely kind hosts, cottage is so warm and comfortable, and in a beautiful area. Thank you very much.
Phil, Paula & Joe the dog.
A very big thank you for your kindness and welcome. A really wonderful place.
Very enjoyable stay, comfortable clean and cosy! Everything and more that we needed. Home from home.
Phil & Lin
An ideal situation and a cottage ideallly suited for our week’s holiday. We couldn’t have wished for anything better. Thank you for your care and attention (& computer help!)
Martin & Sally (& Button).
Another great stay in these wonderful cottages. Our third stay was as good as our first.
Glen, Siobhan, Ruby & Sam.
Great place. Lovely welcome. Lucky to have fantastic weather. Elan Valley and Hafren Forest great for walking – especially “Source of the Severn” walk. Trip Advisor pretty spot-on re. eating options – Angel Inn Llanidloes / Triangle Inn Rhayader etc.
Great facilities & great stay.
Thank you so much.
Chris, Theo & Georgia.
We’ve really enjoyed our stay here, a beautiful cottage in a beautiful area. Thank-you so much for a fantastic holiday.
Gemma, Jamie + Yasmin.
Very lovely cottage, had a very relaxing week! Great environment and scenery, very welcoming. Hope to be back again. Thank you!
Jamaliah, Laily & Adam.
The weather was really kind and we were able to enjoy walking in the Elan Valley – beautiful.
The cottage was perfect for us and the dog. Adrian & Grace were perfect hosts. Thank you.
Annabel, Nick & Claire.
Thank you to Grace & Adrian for a lovely relaxing break, lovely walks and Alfie especially liked running on the back hill. Will certainly return again!
Ola, Andrew & Alfie.
We had a nice few days here, during our discovering of Wales. Lovely to have a “home” feeling in the evenings.
Fine comfort in all ways. Thank you!
Patrick & Hilde.
Arrived to a wonderful welcome. The cottage is most comfortable and made our stay hugely enjoyable.
We all hope to come again.
Thanks so much.
Bob (Samantha), Harry and Simon.
Thanks for your hospitality, we felt very welcome & comfortable through our stay. Host was very welcoming & helpful. COttage was nice & clean with all ideal facilities we needed. Thanks xoxo.
Florence, Eniola, Ajuma & Toye.
Lovely cottage in a lovely location. You have everything you need here plus friendly and helpful hosts. We will definitely stay here again on our next visit!
Richard, Karen, Helen & Laura.
Very comfortable cottage & good facilities. Ideal location for our visit to the Welsh Show.
Weather was great and we really enjoyed our stay. Thank you for your hospitality.
James, Kathryn, Rachael & Adam.
Had a great few days. Very hot at the Royal Welsh Show.
Cycled to Rhayader today down a quiet country road then Hazel went for a swim in river.
Great cottage, clean and comfortable.
Jacky, Graham and Hazel.
We had a lovely time at Severn Cottage and found it had everything we needed for our holiday, and the comfiest bed of any cottage we’ve ever stayed in! Thank you for being excellent hosts and giving us some great advice for our days out. Our first holiday with our new baby was a roaring success!
Rosanna, Adam and Leo.
Upon our arrival we received a most warm welcome from Mrs Ince, who showed us round this lovely cottage. We have had a most enjoyable week exploring the area of the Wye Valley, having been to see the Red Kites, Devil’s Bridge and the nearby railway. The weather has been most kind to us and we can’t believe it is very close to the end of our week.
Alan & Joyce.
A wonderful stay in a beautiful setting. Ideal for a doggy holiday with plenty of walks in the surrounding area. Thank you.
James & Natalie.
Very impressed with cosy feeling and attention to detail here* – it made us feel so welcome along with our two dogs. Thank you both!
Lucy, Emma, Ruby & Kes .
*Especially the biscuits for the dogs and owners!
Visit Wales Four Star Self Catering
We are delighted to announce that Wye View has achieved Visit Wales four star awards for all of our self catering cottages.
The assessment uses the British Common Standards for Self Catering, which requires that all critical areas of the property – cleanliness, public areas, bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchen must each achieve a grade commensurate with the overall rating.
We have worked hard over the past year improving equipment and decoration in the cottages, and are delighted that we have reached our target of four stars!
Very lovely, comfortable cottage, beautiful view from windows. Watched the kites feeding. Elan Valley always worth a visit. Thank you both.
Ron & Hazel.
Lovely cottage, very clean, comfortable and well equipped. Beautiful location in the Wye Valley to finish off the 136 mile Wye Valley walk over 2 days. Even the weather was fgood.
Paul & Kerry
Michael & Amanda
Such a wonderful place to stay! Everything was clean and comfortable, and we were thankful to enjoy some eggs for breakfast 🙂
The view was amazing! The only disappointing thing was that we didn’t have more time here!
Brenda, Jacie & Olivia.
Beautiful stay, beautiful views, beautiful eggs! Already planning another visit!
Robert & Siobhan.
Thank you so much for the accommodation and helpful information about the area! We very much enjoyed the cottage and the valley!
If you ever make it to Colorado let us know!
Rachel, Jason and Richard.
Thank you Grace & Adrian.
Your cottage is lovely. It’s equipped with everything we’d need and many luxuries that have really made our stay. And the view … wow!
Thank you for fitting us in last minute and for being so kind and helping out when our sone was sick.
Thanks for being such great hosts.
Sophie, Chris, Evan & Ava.
Woke up to the wonderful view. The trade-off for arriving late! Thank you for the perfect stopover.
And thank you for making up the extra bed for our youngest.
Adam, Katie, Monty, Jonah & Freddie.
Thanks, cottage cosy & warm. Loved the birds. Thanks.
Carol & Ian
Michelle & Tim.
It has been great. You got everything spot on.
In September 2014 the Top Gear crew visited the Elan Valley to film an item about the Landrover Defender. Richard Hammond uses the Landrover with a winch to a make a heart-stopping ascent of the Claerwen dam in the Elan valley, recreating an advert from the 1980s for the Landrover 90.
Six dams were built as part of the Elan Valley project which started in 1893, although Dol-y-Mynach, also on the River Claerwen, was never completed. Today the dams provide 360 million litres of water a day to Birmingham. The Elan Valley offers spectacular views and can be reached in around 15 minutes from Wye View – well worth a day out!
You can see the Top Gear programme at 8pm on Sunday the 15th of February.
Picture from the Elan Valley website.
Visitors to Wye View may have the opportunity to see the Geminids meteor shower, on Saturday 13 December from around 9pm – subject to weather. With some of the darkest skies in the UK, this remote part of mid Wales is the perfect location for amateur astronomers to observe this shower. Wrap up warm and watch the skies!
The Llanidloes Christmas Arts & Craft Fair is running from Monday to Saturday until the 24th of December. More details on their Facebook page.