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Another nice day out
27/52 for the group 2016 Weekly Alphabet Challenge

This week's theme was: A is for Athletic

Our daughter and granddaughter are both pretty athletic and don't mind getting a bit muddy!

Athletic

I thought I was going to have to use an off-topic photo for my weekly photo-challenge, but yesterday we drove down to the reservoirs in the Elan Valley to meet our daughter and granddaughter. The weather was awful as we set off, but by some miracle the rain lessoned and the cloud lifted and it more or less stayed dry all day, with just a bit of occasional light drizzle.

The Elan Valley was dammed and flooded 100 years ago to provide much needed clean drinking water for Birmingham.

Drowned valley

As well as providing drinking water, the area around has some lovely walking, cycling and riding trails. We were passed by some cyclists at one point.

Cyclists

One of the dams on the Elan Valley reservoirs.

Overflowing dam

To quote from the Elan Valley website:

"The dams, reservoirs and 73 mile aqueduct of the Elan Valley were built a hundred years ago to supply desperately needed clean water to Birmingham. It was an epic feat of civil engineering set within an area of outstanding scenic beauty.

Today, the dams and reservoirs provide a lasting amenity in their own right for visitors to enjoy as well as safeguarding the natural habitats of numerous species of flora and fauna."

It's also now an official Dark Sky park.
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puddleshark From: puddleshark Date: July 10th, 2016 11:35 am (UTC) (Link)
What fabulous scenery! I'd be tempted to take up cycling if I lived near there...
kishenehn From: kishenehn Date: July 10th, 2016 01:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
What an absolutely gorgeous area! It looks like a great trip.
sartorias From: sartorias Date: July 10th, 2016 06:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, so gorgeous!
eve_prime From: eve_prime Date: July 10th, 2016 10:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's all so pretty! The forest path with the cyclists looks a lot like our forest trails here, except for two things - your path is narrow and looks as if it was made by the cyclists and hikers, and along the edge of the path you have grass or moss to make it so pretty and green. Our paths are much wider and just have more ferns and small plants along the edges.
pdlloyd From: pdlloyd Date: July 10th, 2016 11:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
And here I was already feeling nostalgic for my time in the UK. I sure hope my life will give me the opportunity to visit again, soon. Thanks for sharing all the wonderful pictures from your adventures around Wales.
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