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The town of Bala has the highest percentage of Welsh speakers in the Eryri National Park. A great wealth of history and culture is associated with the Bala area. Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake) is one of the National Park’s most popular destinations. As Wales’ largest natural lake, activities such as paddle-boarding, kayaking and fishing are popular reasons to visit its shores.

The Bala & Penllyn area has a wide range of Walking Trails for everyone – including: all ability, children, heritage, scenic and mountain walks - and all through stunning mountain and lake scenery of southern Snowdonia, wildlife in abundance and Wildlife

Llyn Tegid North 10K / 6 miles)
A lengthy hike along the hills of Llyn Tegid’s northern shore leads along the northern hills above Llyn Tegid, offering striking views of Arenig mountain, open countryside and, of course, Llyn Tegid itself. 

While Llyn Tegid North is considered a moderate walk, its length might be a barrier for some. At around 10k / 6 miles, a good fitness level is required to complete the walk. Novice walkers might feel more comfortable on the area’s shorter walks.

The path’s proximity to Bala makes the town a perfect place for a post-hike refreshment in one of Bala’s many cafes and pubs. Or, on hotter summer days, a dip in Llyn Tegid itself might be the best way to cool off after the hike.

Llyn Tegid South (12k / 7 miles)
This walk leads along the hills of Llyn Tegid’s southern shore, offering striking views of across the open countryside and, of course, Llyn Tegid itself. While Llyn Tegid South is considered a moderate walk, its length might be a barrier for some. At over 7 miles, a good fitness level is required to complete the walk. Novice walkers might feel more comfortable on the area’s shorter walks.

Go Bala Walking Routes
There is a Local Online Guide which can be downloaded from, available detailing walking routes and each trail is described in a leaflet with summary, route description, map and fascinating historical local information. A highlight is to walk around the lake – the largest natural lake in Wales complemented by three mountain ranges (Aran, Arenig & Berwyn).

Types of walks include All ability Trails; Trails for children; Heritage Trails; Scenic Trails

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

A5 west from Llangollen, then A494.

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

Public Transport Information Service:

Accessible by Public Transport: Blaenau Ffestiniog station is 21 miles away.

Bala & Penllyn | Walking Trails

Type:Walking Route

Bala & Penllyn, Bala, Gwynedd, LL23 7AD


Lakes and MountainsBala & Penllyn, BalaBala - home to the largest natural lake in Wales, surrounded by the peaks of Aran Benllyn, Arenig Fawr and the Berwyn Mountains

Mary Jones WorldMary Jones | Heritage Trail, BalaThe Mary Jones Walk retraces the route the 15-year-old Mary Jones walked 25 miles from Llanfihangel-y-Pennant, across the Welsh mountains, to Bala to get a Bible from Revd. Thomas Charles.

Llanycil, BalaBetsi Cadwaladr | Heritage Trail, BalaA circular walk first through the town, over farmland and moorland to Llanycil returning along the lake and through the town with many stiles. The walk passes various locations associated with Betsi Cadwaladr.

Llyn Tegid | Bala Lake, Southern Snowdonia Bala & Penllyn | Scenic Drives, BalaExplore Bala & Penllyn by road using the free Trail leaflets, which you can download. Each Trail has fascinating local history information, picnic locations, walks, refreshments and toilets.

Llyn Tegid | Bala LakeBala & Penllyn | Cycle Trails, BalaCycle routes through southern Snowdonia and the exciting scenery around Bala,

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