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Lake Vyrnwy, Powys, Mid Wales

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Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa

Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa

Lake Vyrnwy (2 miles, 3 km)

Located high on the hillsides of the Berwyn Mountain range within the 24,000 acre Vyrnwy Nature Reserve, the Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa commands panoramic views to all horizons. The hotel has 52 letting rooms of which 34 have lake views.

Country House Hotel with 53 rooms, £125-£185 prpnb

Hill Farm Holiday

Hill Farm Holiday

Lake Vyrnwy (2 miles, 4 km)

Scenic rural cottage with veranda overlooking garden. Large modernised kitchen. Comfortable sitting/dining room with cosy open fireplace. Stairs lead to two bedrooms sleeping 5. Bath and separate shower. Heating throughout.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £250-£410 pupw sleeps 2-5

The Secret Hideaway

The Secret Hideaway

Lake Vyrnwy (3 miles, 5 km)

Home from home - step back in time to a secluded, comfortable farmhouse nestled in its own valley.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £250-£400 pupw sleeps 2-6

TyF from Yr Oerfa

Tanyfoel Holiday Barn

Llanfyllin (7 miles, 11 km)

Beautifully restored 1820's barn. Sleeps 12 in four double/twin rooms, two with en-suite shower/WC and a four-person bunk room

Self-catering with 2 units, £500-£2235 pupw sleeps 2-12

Cyfie Farm

Cyfie Farm

Lake Vyrnwy (7 miles, 11 km)

Minutes from fairytale Lake Vyrnwy, Cyfie Farm offers excellent five star self-catering accommodation in four luxury cottages. With spectacular views overlooking the Vyrnwy Valley

Self-catering with 4 units, £230-£600 pupw sleeps 2-4

Belle Vue B&B

Belle Vue Bed & Breakfast

Lake Vyrnwy (7 miles, 12 km)

Set in the beautiful Tanat valley, between the lovely villages of Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant and Penybontfawr, this newly converted traditional stone barn is available for 4 star self catering holidays and Bed & Breakfast. Lake Vyrnwy 6 miles

Bed & Breakfast with 2 rooms, £33-£36 pppnb

Belle Vue Cottage

Belle Vue Cottage

Lake Vyrnwy (7 miles, 12 km)

An original stone barn now converted to a self catering holiday cottage to sleep 4 people, centrally heated with enclosed private garden and patio area, set in a beautiful rural location with stunning views over the Tanat Valley.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £290-£435 pupw sleeps 1-4


Glan y Gro

Bala (9 miles, 14 km)

Glan Y Gro is situated in a unique, lakeside location just 5 minutes from the town of Bala. You get the peace and quiet tranquillity of the beautiful Snowdonia countryside with the convenience of local amenities.

Serviced Apartments with 4 units, £122-£225 pupn sleeps 2 , £125-£135 pupw sleeps 2

Bryniau Golau

Bryniau Golau

Bala (9 miles, 14 km)

Bryniau Golau is set on a tranquil hillside in the Snowdonia National Park, overlooking Bala Lake, with beautiful views of the Arenig Mountains and sunsets. It affords the perfect venue for a restful break, or as a base from which to enjoy

Bed & Breakfast with 3 rooms, £120-£130 prpnb

Ty Derw

Ty Derw

Dinas-Mawddwy (9 miles, 15 km)

Ty Derw is a charming Victorian stone built house in a picturesque setting in the Dovey Valley about 12 miles from Machynlleth and Dolgellau. The four guest rooms have been refurbished to a very high standard. Ample parking.

Guest Accommodation with 4 rooms, £45-£60 pppnb



Llanfyllin (10 miles, 16 km)

A stone-built detached barn conversion just five miutes walk from the centre of Llanfyllin providing quality, well-equipped accommodation for six people with three bedrooms and three bathrooms.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £283-£864 pupw sleeps 2-6

Bala Backpackers


Bala (10 miles, 16 km)

Hostel-style value Tourist Accommodation in 1800's character buildings, totally refurbished, offering essential provision with a hint of luxury. Located in the town of Bala famous for its Lake and White Water River. Sleeps 32+ 3 Twin Rooms

Hostel with 38 bedspaces, £21 pppn, £49-£59 prpn

Independent Businesses

Get back to nature and experience the walks, trails and abundance of wildlife in this 24,000 acre RSPB Reserve.

A visit to the RSPB Lake Vyrnwy Visitor Centre is a great starting point.

Pick a viewpoint around the Lake to observe the amazing variety of birds and scenery. With its woodland, moorland and farmland, Lake Vyrnwy has become an internationally important nature reserve for wildlife and habitats. It has so little light pollution that it is one of the best locations to stargaze in the UK.

Cycle the 12 miles all the way around the lake and take in the remote mountains, ancient woodlands, expansive waters and the iconic neo-Gothic water tower. Bike Hire is available.

Stroll along one of the 6 woodland walks, through mysterious forests dating back to the last ice age and walk the award winning Lake Vyrnwy Sculpture Trail with superb works of art dotted around its shores.

Take to the water - Canoe’s, Kayak’s and sailing boats are also available to hire. Enjoy horse riding, carriage driving, walking, cycling or just exercising the dog on a series of trails of varying distances throughout the nearby Dyfnant Forest.

Visit local craft shops and have a bite to eat and drink. Stay a while in the wide range of high quality accommodation. The luxurious Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa provides visitors with one of the best places in Wales to relax and feel pampered. 

Glyndŵr's Way is an 135 mile (217 Km) long National Trail that passes through Lake Vyrnwy. Meandering through the open moorland, rolling farmland, woodland and forest of mid-Wales. The trail was officially opened in 2002 and is dedicated to the 15th Century Welsh warrior and self proclaimed 'Prince Owain Glyndwr'

The nearest towns are Llanfyllin, Welshpool and Bala in Snowdonia National Park.

>> For more information about Lake Vyrnwy and the surrounding area, visit the website for Lake Vyrnwy Tourism Association here

5 Facts about Lake Vyrnwy

Top 5 Facts

  • The Lake Vyrnwy reservoir was built in the 1880s to supply Liverpool with fresh water.

  • No fewer than 40,000 brown trout from Loch Leven in Scotland were introduced into the lake: fishermen are still catching their distant descendants today.

  • Lake Vyrnwy has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) as well as a Natura 2000 site.

  • The dam holds back enough water to fill 13,500 Olympic swimming pools. 

  • The approaching route to Lake Vyrnwy from Dinas Mawddwy includes the highest pass in North Wales, standing at 545m (1788ft).
Getting To Lake Vyrnwy

Getting to Lake Vyrnwy

By train
Welshpool station is 20+ miles away.

By bus
At the end of the dam. Walk in the opposite direction to the lake, with the visitor centre on the right.

By road

Lake Vyrnwy is located 30 miles east of Dolgellau, which is on both the Cambrian Way and the Coastal Way.

There is plenty of free car parking when you get here.

From Llanfyllin, take the B4393 to Llanwddyn. Continue along the B4393 to Llanwddyn by taking a right turn. At the dam, turn left, then left at the end of the dam. The RSPB visitor centre is on the right.

Postcode SY10 0LZ for RSPB Lake Vyrnwy Visitor Centre.
Postcode SY10 0LY for Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa.

On foot

Nearby is Glyndwr's Way National Walking route and the Dyfnant & Vyrnwy Forest with an extensive network of bridleways and trails

>>Click here for the Lake Vyrnwy Trail Guide

Wildlife, protected landscapes and the natural environment

Hafren Dyfrdwy's hydro turbine at Lake Vyrnwy in Powys, which has been in place since 1904, is the first UK-based hydro turbine to ever be inducted into the Hydroworld Hall of Fame. Lake Vyrnwy hydro generates 130kW of renewable energy and continues to supply the city of Liverpool with fresh water.

Lake Vyrnwy has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) as well as a Natura 2000 site.

The RSPB, in partnership with Hafren Dyfrdwy, manages part of the reserve as the largest organic farm in England and Wales and the Lake Vyrnwy Reservoir and surrounding estate is great for bird-watching.

Although the hillside makes for difficult terrain, one of the hides in the nature reserve is accessible by wheelchair. There's plenty for children too, including nestbox trails and bat and owl walks. Hire a back-pack and go on a creepy-crawly search; hire binoculars as you play bird bingo around the reserve; solve the clues on the animal puzzle trail or explore the Wild Play Park to have fun and get muddy in the Mud Kitchen.

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