The lakes of north Wales may not have the size or the fame of the Scottish lochs, but they have fantastic scenery, history and wildlife in abundance. Some are very small, some are reservoirs, but all have something to offer. This is the first of my posts on the lakes of north Wales.
LLYN CRAFNANT is found in a beautiful tranquil valley where the northern edge of the Gwydir forest meets the Carneddau range.
The lake is about a mile long and covers 63 acres. A walk around the lake is about 6 kms.
The name derives from the Welsh words for garlic “craf”, and “nant” a stream.
Many people regard Llyn Crafnant as one of the most beautiful spots in north Wales, and it’s easy to see why.
This is certainly one of my favourite places, at any time of the year.
Afon Crafnant flows from the lake and meets Afon Conwy at the village of Trefriw,
LLYN GEIRIONYDD is a short, steep walk over the hill from Llyn Crafnant. It is almost a mile long and covers about 45 acres.
It is the only lake in Snowdonia designated to permit power boats and water skiing.
Afon Geirionydd, the outflow of the lake, flows down a steep gorge which is popular for gorge walking. It was also used to power a now disused woolen mill near Trefriw.
On a small hill overlooking the lake stands the Taliesin monument.This commemorates the 6th century bard Taliesin, who was the chief bard in the court of at least three kings.
Whilst there is fishing over the hill at Llyn Crafnant, there isn’t here.. Llyn Geirionydd has been poisoned by the lead mines which were found in the surrounding hills, there are no fish here.
LLYN EIGIAU was a small lake in the hills above Dolgarrog. In 1911 a dam was built, about a mile long and 35 feet high, to supply water for the power station in the village.
The first contractor resigned from the project because of what he said was cost cutting.
On 2nd November 1925, following over 20 inches of rain in 5 days, the dam broke.
The torrent of water and debris rushed down the hill and into the the Coedty reservoir, which was also breached.
Millions of gallons of water, and debris, tore down the hillside to the village below, causing the loss of 17 lives.
Llyn Eigiau is one of the few lakes in Wales to have it’s own, naturally occuring Brown Trout.
The water level of the lake is now about 14 feet lower than before the dam was breached.
LLYN LOCKWOOD at Penygwrd is named after the 1920’s hotelier who created it as a fish pond, and to give his visitors a view of a lake.
LLYNAU MYMBYR are two small lakes in the valley running from Capel Curig to Penygwryd.
There was originally one lake, not quite a mile long, but it has almost silted up across the centre, cutting the lake in two.
It is from here that many visitors get their first view of the famous Snowdon horseshoe.