Here are 5 more lakes to be found in north Wales. As I said in the first post, you won’t find anything as big as Loch Lomond, Loch Ness or Loch Awe here, but what you will find is stunning scenery, good walking and lots of history.
Llyn Brenig is in Denbighshire.
It’s a reservoir, built in the 1970’s to help regulate the water supply to the river Dee.
The lake covers the largest area of all the lakes, and it’s over 9 miles to walk around it.
There are lots of activities here, including fishing, mountain biking, walking and bird-watching.
There are archeological sites all around the lake, including burial mounds and ancient villages.
The world fly-fishing championship has been held here.
Llyn Alwen is on the Denbighshire moors, not far from Llyn Brenig.
This is another lake formed by a reservoir to send water to the Mesreyside area.
There is good walking and mountain biking around the lake, which is about 7 Km around.
Trail racing is popular here.
Llyn Celyn is in the valley of Afon Tryweryn, not far from Bala. It’s 2.5 miles long and up to a mile wide.
The lake was created in the early 1960’s when the village of Capel Celyn (one of the last villages in Wales where only Welsh was spoken), and surrounding farmland was submerged.
A great deal of ill-feeling was caused, and Nationalist feelings ran high. When building started equipment was sabotaged and buildings set fire to.
Parliament pushed through the legislation to allow it, very much against the wishes of the Welsh MP’s and the people of Wales.
Llyn Gwynant huddles in a deep valley formed by the action of glaciers, at the foot of the Snowdon range.
It is a lovely little lake surrounded by hills and mountains.
As the Watkins path up Mount Snowdon starts here it’s popular with walkers.
Llyn Elsi lies in the hills above Betws y Coed, and it’s a steep walk up from the village to get here. The lake covers 30 acres.
From here there are great views of the Carneddau and Glyderau mountain ranges.
Footpaths lead around the lake and off in other directions, Sarn Helen the Roman road is not far away.
There will be more lakes to follow in another post.