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Building on an Epic Scale: The dams of the Elan Valley DVD

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Aspect ratio: 4:3 (full screen)

Classification: Exempt (E)

Colour: Yes

DVD region: 0 (all regions)

EAN: 5060104390273

Format: PAL

Genre: Documentary

Language: English

Narrated: Yes

Number of discs: 1

Product code: 1036

Release year: 2000

Running time: 53 minutes


This video looks at the dams of the Elan Valley and Claerwen Valley in Mid-Wales that created reservoirs of such outstanding beauty.


In 1893 an extraordinary scheme was commenced to construct a series of huge dams and reservoirs in the hills of Mid Wales. A pipeline was laid from the reservoirs to Birmingham - a distance of 73 miles. This pipeline went over and through many hills, and despite a total fall of just 169 feet, the water was expected to fall by gravity to Birmingham.


The water supply scheme of the Elan Valley and Claerwen Valley was a major engineering scheme that proved to be a great success. The Welsh lakes created are outstandingly beautiful - and much visited.


This video describes the building of the dams and reservoirs and provides stunning views of 45,000 acres of Welsh lakes and hills. It is not hard to see why the Elan Valley was such an inspiration to Percy Bysshe Shelley.


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Customer comments


"What a terrific video. The video cover has two fantastic shots of a dam and a reservoir with such beautiful hills around them. When we saw the video the shots were even better. Well done to the camera team - I have visited the dams before but have never seen them fully overflowing." (Mr Smith, Rhyl, UK)


"Most interesting dvd, thank you, well packed and quick." (s***d)


"Very fast service, and I am very pleased with the DVD.THANK YOU" (M. Smith, Hereford, UK)


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