Re-posted from the Elan Valley news website
Dol y Mynach is often underappreciated and many visitors leave Elan without ever knowing its important role. The dam holds back water that has been released from the Claerwen dam down the river in a small reservoir, which is linked to a tunnel that flows straight through the hill. The water is then released into the Garreg Ddu reservoir during dry weather periods for the Foel Tower and the Birmingham aqueduct.
The half-built dam that was never completed by the Victorians and future plans for its completion was superseded by the construction of the much larger Claerwen dam in the 1950’s.
A less steep track and pedestrian gate has been installed to allow better access for families to walk down and visit the dam. There is also an improved footpath to the bird hide to encourage visitors to use this facility more.
In the future there will also be new information panels installed at this site, including a bird identification panel to help visitors identify our diverse and often rare bird wildlife that visit the reservoir all year round.
This project has been completed under the Elan Links partnership with funding provided through the Tourism Amenity Investment Support (TAIS) grant from the Welsh Government. If you would like to know anything further regarding the access and recreation projects being undertaken during the Elan Links project, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.