Meet at the Elan Valley visitor centre on December 29 for a fascinating 4-mile guided hike looking at the history and biodiversity of the area, including the remains of Nant y Gro Dam which was used for tests before the WWII Dam Busters raids.
The so-called “Dam Busters” were given the job of attacking the dams of the industrial Ruhr Valley in Germany. The method employed to breach the dams was the ingenious ‘bouncing bomb’ developed by Dr Barnes Wallis, the acclaimed aeronautical engineer. The aim of destroying the dams was to cause havoc in Germany’s industrial heartland, and irrevocably disrupt the nation’s war efforts.
Films such as The Dam Busters in 1955 have permanently etched the exploits of Bomber Command on the nation’s consciousness, commemorating acts of heroism, and also the tragic fact that many did not return from these missions.
Meet at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre at 10am to learn more about this important period in our history, as well as finding out more about the natural history of the area. The walk will finish around 1pm. Please call 01597 810880 to find out more.
Good boots and warm clothing are recommended, as well as a waterproof in case of an untimely shower. Also be warned there is a steep climb of 40 metres up the steps to the top of the dam and then a very steep 140 metre climb onwards.
source: Nerys Lloyd-Pierce