Hard to believe that this time last year, I was sat in the car with my friend Dai and his dog, Molly waiting for the rain to ease up at the Elan Valley in Mid Wales.
Some information about the Elan Valley
The Elan Estate is owned by Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water, and mostly vested in the Elan Valley Trust, a charity.
Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water is responsible for the Visitor Centre, the dams and reservoirs, the woodlands and most of the Elan Valley Trail. They are committed to furthering the conservation of the environment as well as protecting both natural and archaeological heritage and promoting access and recreation at their sites.
In total the Elan Estate attracts more than 400,000 visitors annually. Many people come to enjoy the peace and quiet, some come for the wildlife and scenery, whilst others take part in more active pursuits.
For those wishing to stay in the area, the nearby town of Rhayader has a wide choice of accommodation and facilities. The Elan Estate also has farm and guesthouses to stay in too.
To find the Elan Valley it is situated in the county of Powys in mid Wales and can be accessed easily from the town of Rhayader which is on the intersection of the main A470 (North/South) and the A44 which comes from the East.
From Rhayader all you need to do is follow the B4518 southwest out of the town.
We came out for sunrise as the forecast looked good and there was ample cloud cover not to mention the dams were full. When we arrived, the rain had started and everytime we got out of the car or moved position, the rain started again.
After four (yes four) hours of sitting around, the weather changed and we had some clear weather and rainbows as our reward for being patient. We managed a couple of hours photography and headed home.