Things to do further afield

The Elan Valley

The Elan Valley, near Rhayader (postcode for Sat Nav – LD6 5HP) is a 25 mile drive from Great House Farm.

The Elan Valley Reservoirs are a chain of man-made lakes created from damming the Elan and Claerwen rivers within the Elan Valley in Mid Wales in 1893. The reservoirs, which were built by the Birmingham Corporation Water Department, provide clean drinking water for Birmingham in the West Midlands of England. It boasts a visitor centre with cafe, walking and cycling opportunities and a lovely drive around the reservoirs. Visit for more information.

Llyn Brianne Dams

Llyn Brianne, near Llandovery (post code for sat nav SA20 0PG) is a 36 mile drive away.

The Llyn Brianne dam was constructed in the 1960s and 1970s and at 300ft (91m) it is the UK’s tallest dam. Originally the dam was built to regulate the flow of the river Tywi to support large potable water abstraction at Nantgaredig. In very dry weather you are able to see the farmhouse (Fanog Farm) in the upper dam that was drowned to form the dam. For more information and the history of the dams visit

Pen Y Fan

The second highest peak in Wales is Pen Y Fan in the Brecon Beacons. 25 miles away from Great House (sat nav postcode LD3 8NL), Pen Y Fan is one of those “must climb” peaks where you take your photo at the peak. On a clear day you can see views of the Bristol Channel, Gower Peninsular and the Cambrian Mountains. It does get very busy on a nice day, so early morning (especially to see the sunrise) is highly recommended. For more information visit –

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