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Dolphin Sculpture

Dolphin Sculpture

Image Credit: Kate Sullivan, RSPB
Dolphin Sculpture

Nature Trail, free entry

SY10 0LZ



There are five nature trails ranging from 2 to 5½ miles for all abilities. You can circumnavigate the 12-mile lakeside road, visit the spectacular waterfall in the Rhiwargor valley or enjoy a ramble through ancient woodland and mountains. Or you can simply take a picnic at the side of the lake and soak up the tranquility.

Walk the award winning Lake Vyrnwy Sculpture Trail with superb works of art dotted around the shores of the lake. The sculpture trail will help tens of thousands people who visit the lake each year to discover artwork by invited international artists alongside the work of local sculptors and temporary pieces by visitors. It began with the ideas of two men - Andy Hancock, a local sculptor, and Andy Hall.

Includes a 30ft pecking order pole of birds found on and around the reserve, plus otters, fresh water dolphins (!) and traditional pole lathes.

Ten beautifully crafted wooden animal pieces are hidden on trees and children have to solve the clues from a leaflet and have to try and find them. There are fifteen nest boxes for children to find, both on the ground and in trees.

The trails are designed to be educational and fun and share the theme of wildlife an puzzle solving within the beautiful setting of Lake Vyrnwy.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for educational visitsOn-site cateringPicnic sitePostboxPublic toiletsTelephone (public)Accepts groups

Opening Details

Open all the time

Reserve open all day, every day

Shop opening hours for the winter (1 November - 31 March) are 10.30am - 4.00pm weekdays, and 10.30am - 4.30pm weekends.
From 1 April - 31 October the shop is open from 10.30am – 5.30pm. The reserve itself is open at all times.


Free entry


SY10 0LZ

Location and nearby places


Plan route to RSPB Lake Vyrnwy Nature Reserve using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SJ 020197  Lat: 52.76597 Long: -3.45386


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 visitor centre is on the right.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 22 miles from Welshpool station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
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