Clywedog Dam

Published 5 May 2013

There’s something about dams. It’s the sheer strength they have; the ability to hold back all that water. They’re massive structures.

Built in the 1960s, Clywedog Dam in Powys, Wales, is the largest concrete dam in the UK. It’s on the Glyndŵr’s Way and is 72m high and 230m long. The dam holds back 50,000 megalitres. It’s almost impossible to picture what that means. The force that requires.

There’s power there. Yet here’s the thing. Look at a dam and the reservoir behind it and it’s all so still. So peaceful. The dam sits there doing so much, yet there’s nothing to hear besides the occasional tweeting of a bird.

Yep, there’s something about dams.

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