Elan Valley


The landscape of Mid Wales


Mid Wales has some of the most diverse and appealing landscapes in the world.  Between Snowdonia in the north and the Brecon Beacons in the south, Mid Wales has woodlands, rivers, lakes, farmland, wetland, mooorland and mountains  - all beneath a star  spangled sky unencumbered by light pollution.

20% of the landmass of Wales is open access and a good portion of  this is in Mid Wales.  Moreover, much of it is protected because of its high quality landscape.  A journey from the north of Mid Wales to the south will take in the Cambrian Mountains, Dylife and Wye valleys. From east to west of Mid Wales the journey will begin at Offa's Dyke and take you through the Radnor Forest, the Elan Valley, the Cambrian Mountains. Wherever your journey takes you, you will never be far from water be it rivers or lakes.

The close and often turbulent relationship between mankind and the landscape is very evident in Mid Wales.  The landscape is a prime example of a landscape showing human endeavour on a grand scale having been substantially changed by major civil engineering projects - such as the building of the Elan Valley dams in the 19th and early 20th centuries - and the building of market towns and communities which are scattered across the landscape.