Rhayader (Pen-y-Garreg Dam) – Walks in Wales


Pen-y-Garreg Dam – Walks in Wales

Part of the Elan Valley which contains 6 dams in total. We would highly recommend a visit to this beautiful part of Wales. Rhayader is the gateway to the valley steeped with local history. The town is vibrant in the summer months, plenty of tea rooms and pubs.

There is a cycle hire shop in the town should you wish to cycle parts of the valley. There are dedicated cycle paths along the reservoir. For those who want a more relaxing venture there is a visitors centre that explains the history of the dams and the people who built them. The Pen-y-Garreg dam is very easy to locate. You can really get close to the dam walls and admire the engineering work and pride the builders took in their work.


Pen-y-garreg is often regarded as the ‘middle dam’. The viaduct at Careg-Ddu lies further downstream, but it does not resemble the other dams since the dam part of the structure is not visible above the surface in normal conditions.┬áThis dam is unusual in that it houses an access tunnel to the central tower which is lit by apertures in the downstream side of the dam.


Penbont House

Situated near to the dam is Penbont House. Set high up from the road situated in an idyllic location. It serves tasty home-made produce. The soups go down well on a cold winters morning. It provides afternoon teas through the day. They are open:

11am until 5pm during the summer and from 11am to 4pm in the winter (weekends only between November and February).

They also provide a B & B facilities.