Helen (heleninwales) wrote,
Helen
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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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