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This map shows the Llyn Brianne reservoir in Mid-Wales. It is situated just 5 miles (as the crow flies) North West of Llanwrtyd Wells, on the headwaters of the river Towy, near to its source in the Cambrian Mountains. The reservoir was built in 1972 by damming a section of the river Towy to supplement flows in the river during low flows, and as compensation for extracting water supplies some 40 miles downstream at Nantgaredig, near Carmarthen. The dam is supposedly the UK's biggest standing at a height of some 300ft.
Because of the importance of the River Tywy salmon and trout fisheries special measures were incorporated into the construction of the reservoir including a smolt trap and a restocking programme. However releases of water from the dam tend to be very cold and are blamed by anglers for a reduction in the quality of the fishery.
But it's not only the anglers who are not completely happy with the results of the Llyn Brianne reservoir project as others complain that the dam and reservoir although beautiful in their own way can in no way be compared to the beauty of the gorge that they have replaced. Other proposals to deliver electricity generated at the dam to the National Grid via a line of pylons down the Towi Valley caused a strong protest and after a sustained campaign the cable was buried, mainly in a trench cut in and beside the Rhandirmwyn to Llandovery road.
The Upper Towy Valley and Llyn Brianne is still one of the most beautiful areas of Wales however and it is a haven for bird watchers, anglers, mountain bikers and walkers. Mountain Bikers are particularly well catered for with nearby Llanwrtyd Wells being something of a centre for the sport with several trails commencing in the town. These include the Mynydd Trawsnant Trail, the Irfon Forest Trail and the Esgair Dafydd Trail , all featured on the map below. Click here for more information on Mountain Bike Trails near Llyn Brianne.
Llyn Brianne has been popular with extreme sport enthusiasts since its association with mountain biking trails but in 2008 the 300ft tall Llyn Brianne Dam acheived national fame, or notoriety, when a video of kayakers hurling themselves down the spillway at speeds of 40mph was posted on Youtube!
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Mountain Bike Trails :
Llanwrtyd Wells is the original Mountain
Bike centre in the UK. Opened in 1985. The town is ideally situated with
thousands of acres of forest and hillside very close to hand. Using the expertise
developed over the years they provide a variety of way marked trails and also
incorporate rides suitable for familes and ordinary cyclists alike.
From Builth Wells take the A483 to Beulah. Follow signs from Beulah to Abergwesyn and then signs for Llyn Brianne Reservoir. Alternatively from Llandovery (on the A483) take the Cilycwm Road up the Towy valley to the southern end of Llyn Brianne.
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