Great Outdoors Monday, February 15th

How to go chasing waterfalls near Herefordshire

Great Outdoors Monday, February 15th

How to go chasing waterfalls near Herefordshire

This winter - to paraphrase - after the rain, comes the gorgeous photos from the Rhayader Dams filling up your social media news feeds.

 

A photo posted by Amy Andrews (@amyandrews2411) on

If you're not familiar with the Elan Valley Reservoirs, they are a chain of five breathtakingly beautiful lakes nestled into the mid-Wales hills just 40 minutes west of Herefordshire.

They are particularly spectacular after heavy rain. And the wild weather this winter has made routes around the reservoirs hugely popular amongst the county's walkers, hikers and mountain bikers.

With more rain forecast for later this week, it might just be a perfect time to grab your wellies and check out scenes like these:

 

One of my favourite places to be #elanvalley #elanvalleydams #rhayader

A photo posted by Natalie Richards (@natalie3866) on

 

 

The amazing Elan Valley. #rhayader #elanvalleydams #beautiful #water #elan #resevoir #pretty

A photo posted by Clare (@clarep34) on

 

 

#water #wales #elanvalley #rhayader #dam

A photo posted by Vicky Bowie (@vickybphotography) on

The Elan Valley has a great website packed with information on the best walking routes - which range from just over half a mile to the seven-hour Resevoir Challenge - and where to refuel on coffee and cakes

Wondering where all that water goes? Birmingham, actually. Via a 73-mile aquaduct built 100-years ago that works solely by the power of gravity.

And this is what that sounds like (click on the center of the picture): 

 

A photo posted by Lucy (@lucy.lizzie) on

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For more things to see and do this week, check out our Half Term Hotlists for teenagers and little ones.

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Tile image by @kirstieleighh on Instagram.

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