Our self-catering holiday cottage accommodation is in the Elan Valley. I stress that because anyone Googling “self catering holiday cottage in the Elan Valley”, will get search results that are more likely to be within a drive of the valley. Many providers will include on their sites the fact that their cottage is well placed to get to say, the Elan Valley and the Brecon Beacons, but they may well be one or two hours away from either!
There is a style by our gate. Once you have climbed over that style you are in the oak woods that clothe the lower slopes of Carn Gaffallt, a foot path leads through the woods to the dam above the visitor centre. That dam, Caban Coch, is half a mile from our cottage. The Elan flows about 100 yards from our front door.
Last week some of our family walked from our cottage the full length of the Elan dams, returning over the top to scramble down Y Foel, the hill in front of us, on the far bank of the Elan. That is a bit more walking than we would choose to do, but the adults all enjoyed it – the children declared that walking is “boring”!