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Stream in upper Elan Valley

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The lower Elan reservoir, Cabban-coch , centre, flanked by the forest that separate it from the middle Elan reservoir - Garreg-ddu Reservoir.

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Garreg-ddu reservoir

 

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The road flanks the lake and looks towards the narrowing of the valley between reservoirs two and three. The summer lowering, right, of the lake is shown by both shorelines and an invasion of vegetation.

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The Peny-garreg Reservoir is the third in the series of lakes and looks upstream towards the last barrier, holding back the last reservoir, the Craig Goch. In the centre is the entrenched rock narrows between Garreg-ddu Reservoir and Peny-garreg Reservoir.

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Peny-garreg Reservoir, looking across the lake, centre, and down-valley in left and right-hand shots, showing the rough grazing and sheep economy.

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The uppermost reservoir, Craig Goch, has parking and a toilet available at the eastern end of the dam. It is also at the end of an attractive-looking cycle path and the start of a route over the hills beyond. It was a lovely picnic spot!

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Craig Goch Reservoir from the path that climbs up from the dam parking place. In the centre a stream has incised the shoreline.

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The rocky shoreline of the reservoir indicates the summer draw-down, ...

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.... and the shoreline notches indicate times of stability in the height of that shoreline.

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Craig Goch Reservoir.

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Wales Elan Valley water storage Cabban-coch  Garreg-ddu Reservoir Peny-garreg Reservoir Craig Goch Reservoir forests clear-cutting  rivers dams shoreline notches leisure waking cycling

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