Having been stuck indoors for the past couple of weeks due to covid, I was itching to go somewhere… anywhere! On Saturday, I decided to take Mum for a drive around Llyn Clywedog as I’d heard the water levels were low.
Our first stop was at Caffi Clywedog for a spot of lunch and ice cream sundaes. Caffi Clywedog sits above Clywedog Dam, looking down at the dam and reservoir, it was immediately obvious that the water level was low. While we were enjoying our lunch, Radiate Arts (next door) was hosting a free cycle maintenance workshop as part of their Pedal Pals community project. They have several projects on throughout the year.
From there, we made our way around the reservoir, stopping at various places along the way to take photographs. Despite the low water level, there were still a small number of fishing boats on the water.
The drought was more evident at the northwestern end of the reservoir. I could stand at what should have been the water’s edge, yet it was quite a distance away.
Much of Wales is now in drought status after the driest five-month period in 40 years. According to Natural Resources Wales, the Upper Severn area has had just 25.7% of its monthly average rainfall. I certainly don’t remember the water being this low in my lifetime.