Dambusters...

by Jack Mathews November. 08, 2020 584 views

Nestled in the Taf Fechan valley lies a fascinating structure which is currently being preserved to help supply future generations with water, this structure is the Upper Neuadd Reservoir Dam.

Opened  1902...

Opened 1902...

Walking to the site offers some truly spectacular views along the way with tall hills reaching up either side enclosing you into the valley. Pen y Fan overlooks the valley alongside Corn Du.

Some of the best scenery Wales has to offer...

Some of the best scenery Wales has to offer...

Up the valley...

Up the valley...

The dam was constructed between 1896-1902 to help regulate water but in the last few years has suffered serious leaks which have weakened this behemoth of a structure.

Water within the reservoir has been drained so that Welsh Water can make repair works as it is estimated this reservoir will be required for future water supply.

Old as time...

Old as time...

Gothic...

Gothic...

All that remains of this once huge reservoir is a small channel of water which still continues to make it's way down through the valley.

Ominous

Ominous

It was easy to feel dwarfed by the dam whilst stood directly underneath it looking up towards the gothic tower. The reservoir itself is shielded either side by two large hills; the stillness and quietness is mesmerising.

Into the abyss...

Into the abyss...

The great wall

The great wall

Thankfully this beast of a dam has been made a Grade II listed structure so plans are being made to keep the dam preserved ready for use in the future. Hopefully we will see the reservoir return to normal service as I have heard on still days the water turns to glass and creates a beautiful reflection of the surrounding hills.

Found facts and history quite hard to come across for this one so thought I would fill it more with photos and less chat! Thank you for reading!

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David Nurse 3 months, 2 weeks ago

lovely images and history. I will at this to my places to visit for sure.

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Gethin Thomas 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Fascinating. Been to the Elan Valley a few times but never heard of this one.

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Jack Mathews Replied to Gethin Thomas 3 months, 2 weeks ago

I did a motorcycle trip down to the Elan Valley, absolutely beautiful! I have some photos so I may do a write up eventually :)

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Jay Boggess 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Wow! Great shots of this amazing place!
+1grinning+1

3 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Jack Mathews Replied to Jay Boggess 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you Jay was a really great day exploring!

3 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Jack Mathews 3 months, 2 weeks ago

+1grinning+1

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