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Bala Lake

Bala Lake

Bala Lake

Lake, free entry

LL23 7AD



Bala Lake, or Llyn Tegid, is over four miles long and a mile wide at it's widest point, making it the largest natural lake in Wales. It is an important home for the rare 'gwyniad' fish - a species that became trapped in the lake at the end of the last Ice age some 10,000 years ago. It is a member of the whitefish family, and is only found in Llyn Tegid.

The lake takes its name from Tegid Foel, a character in the Mabinogi, the collection of early native Welsh tales, in which he is the husband of Ceridwen the enchantress. There are two sailing clubs on the lake and hire facilitates for canoeing and sailing at the Bala end of the lake.

Alternatively you can sit back, relax and view the lake from the narrow-gauge railway which runs along the east shore of the lake from Llanuwchllyn to Bala and is a great favourite of children.

There are many mountain streams and fast flowing rivers in the area, providing excellent game fishing. There are several impressive waterfalls and the highest waterfall in Wales, Pistyll Rhaeadr (240 ft high), is found on the east side of the Berwyn Mountains that reach across from Southern Snowdonia to the Welsh border and south east towards Lake Vyrnwy. Enjoy the mountain views taking a scenic drive, a challenging cycle route or a mountain hike over the Berwyn Mountains.

The River Tryweryn between Llyn Celyn and Bala provides "reliable" white-water, with regular water releases guaranteeing good water conditions. The river is the home of Canolfan Tryweryn the National Whitewater Centre, an extremely popular venue for whitewater rafting, kayaking or canoeing.

The River Dee flows in and out of Bala Lake before continuing to Corwen and Llangollen. Another popular section of white-water runs through Llangollen, where there is a permanent white-water site with class 2-3 white-water.

For more detailed information about Bala Lake or the wildlife visit the Warden's Office on the Lake Foreshore in Bala.

Baby changing facilitiesCash PointCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPostboxPublic toilets

Park & Display Car Parks:The Green LL23 7NG; Stryd y Plase LL23 7SW.


Free entry




LL23 7AD

Location and nearby places


Plan route to Bala and Penllyn using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SH 926359  Lat: 52.91033 Long: -3.59841


A5 west from Llangollen, then A494.

By Bus: T3 Bus Service: Barmouth-Dolgellau-Llanycil-Bala-Wrexham

Public Transport Information Service:

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 21 miles from Blaenau Ffestiniog station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Cash PointCash Point
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets

Park & Display Car Parks:The Green LL23 7NG; Stryd y Plase LL23 7SW.

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