Lake Vyrnwy

Lake Vyrnwy | Llanfyllin | Events | Accommodation | Things to Do

Lake Vyrnwy is an enchanting place, set deep in the Berwyn Mountains it is a fairy-tale setting that marries beautiful scenery to Victorian architecture. The lake itself was built in the 1880s by Dr George Deacon to provide water for Liverpool and Merseyside. It was an engineering milestone, the first of its kind in the world and it still has the capacity to inspire awe today. Like a number of Welsh reservoirs Lake Vyrnwy necessitated the flooding of a village, Llanwddyn, and it is said that at certain times of year it is still possible to see the spires of the old town just piercing the surface of the lake.

Surrounding the Lake is the 24,000 acre RSPB Nature Reserve that is home to over 90 different species of birds, including peacocks and peregrine falcons. The reserve also is home to some spectacular scenery, it is littered with waterfalls and forests, marshes and streams. At the base of the dam local artist Andy Hancock has installed a sculpture trail with beguiling works that complement the natural splendour of their setting.

It is also possible to enjoy a number of leisure activities at Lake Vyrnwy, from sailing or kayaking on the lake to fly fishing and clay pigeon shooting. It is possible to explore this magical place on foot, by wheel or even on horseback, with a number of trekking and cycling trails to suit all visitors. The luxury Hotel Vyrnwy offers 4 star accommodation, spa treatments a host of outdoor activities and an excellent place to just have a drink and enjoy the unforgettable views overlooking the lake.


Llanfyllin is small town flanked by the Cain and Abel rivers. Its reputation as a haven for alternative culture perhaps stems from its origins as an early Briton settlement, at any rate the holy well of Saint Myllin still gives the town a sense of its identity today.

The town has all the amenities that it needs to sustain a very happy and content populace, with some excellent restaurants, cafes and accommodation as well as a weekly farmers market. This makes Llanfyllin a perfect place to use as a picturesque base to explore either the Cambrian Coast and the Snowdonian lakes, or the border towns of Welshpool and Oswestry.

The Llanfyllin Workhouse that was built in 1838 is perhaps its most famous building. It was featured on BBC 2’s Restoration programme and has since transformed itself into a centre for arts, creativity and the environment.

Anne Griffiths, the celebrated Welsh Hymn writer who was born very near the town and has lent her name to several of the walking trails that explore the adjacent hills and vales.

The nearby Dyfnant Forest is home to the Dyfnant Rainbow Trails, designed with horses in mind but also welcoming walkers. Penyffordd Car Park is purpose built for horseriders with a one way system that allows drivers of horse boxes a roll in roll out system.





Picture of the sign for the Ann Griffiths Walk in Lake Vrynwy. Click the image to find out more including nearby accommodation and places to visit


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