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Cregennan Lakes at Cadair Idris


Southern Snowdonia
LL39 1AX

Contact Details

Tel: 01341 440238
Cregennan Lakes are owned by the National Trust and are a renowned and often photographed beauty spot. There are tremendous views of the Mawddach Estuary and Barmouth Bridge from near the lake.and the lakes are situated on the northern slopes of Cadair ldris, some 800 ft. above sea level, overlooking the beautiful Mawddach Estuary, with car park, just 5 miles from Dolgellau.

You can take a walk around these natural lakes, or head up to Pared y Cefn Hir to enjoy spectacular panoramic views over the mountains and Mawddach Estuary.

There are two natural lakes that are ideal for families to serious anglers:

Large lake with beautiful small island, 27 acres, wild brown trout only. Fly spin/worm.
Small lake, 13 acres, regularly stocked with blue & rainbow trout, plus a good head of wild brownies. Fly only.

Fishing is permitted between 8.00 am. and 1 hour after dusk.

The National Trust owns two small hill farms where the rough grazing is managed in the traditional way. A sign of summer here is the arrival of that dainty visitor, the wheatear, which is often difficult to spot.

There is a car park and toilets by the lake.

Grid Reference: SH657143 For further information visit:


Public Transport:
Bus services 30,32,34 [Dolgellau-Tywyn-Machynlleth] run on the A487, stopping at the junction with the B4405 close to the entrance of the car park. The T2 Trawscymru service stops at Minfordd and Dolgellau

The nearest main line railway stations are Machynlleth, Tywyn and Barmouth.

www.Traveline.Cymru is a useful journey planner for public transport in the region.

By Car: Cadair Idris Visitor Centre Car park is signposted off the A487. The Minffordd path to the summit of Cadair Idris also starts from this location.

Prices and opening

Free entry
Open all the time.