Lake Vyrnwy

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Discover the Natural Beauty and Rich History of Lake Vyrnwy, Mid Wales 

Lake Vyrnwy is a stunning destination in Wales that boasts natural beauty, rich history, and outdoor adventure. The area features a 5-mile-long reservoir surrounded by remote mountains and thick forests, creating a dramatic and awe-inspiring landscape that is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. Additionally, the lake has a fascinating history dating back to the 19th century when it was created by the Liverpool Corporation to provide safe water storage for the rapidly growing city of Liverpool.

Natural Scenery: A Feast for the Eyes

Lake Vyrnwy is a place where nature takes center stage. The area boasts a 5-mile-long reservoir surrounded by remote mountains and thick forests, giving it a unique beauty that’s hard to find elsewhere in Wales. Additionally, the reservoir contains around 12 billion gallons of water, making it a must-see sight in the area. The lake also has little light pollution, making it an ideal location for stargazing.

Rich History: A Fascinating Story

Lake Vyrnwy has a rich and fascinating history that dates back to the 19th century. The lake was created by the Liverpool Corporation to provide safe water storage for the rapidly growing city of Liverpool. The impressive structure of the stone-built dam, which is the first of its kind in Britain, still stands today. Visitors can also witness the unique “straining tower” that filters water before it leaves the reservoir.

Outdoor Adventure: Activities for All Ages

Lake Vyrnwy offers a wide range of outdoor activities for visitors to explore. The area offers a variety of activities, from hiking and biking to birdwatching and fishing. Visitors can embark on a relatively easy 12-mile bike ride around the lake or hike one of the many walking trails, such as the Rhiwagor Trail or the Craig Garth Bwlch Trail. The lake is also a great location for birdwatching, with heather moorland, woodland, meadows, and rocky streams attracting a wide variety of wildlife.

Perfect Peace: A Getaway for the Soul

Lake Vyrnwy is the perfect destination for a peaceful retreat that allows you to recharge and unwind. The area is secluded and surrounded by natural beauty, making it the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Book Your Trip to Lake Vyrnwy Now!

With so much to offer, Lake Vyrnwy is a must-visit destination in Wales. Book your trip to discover the breathtaking natural beauty, rich history, outdoor adventure, and perfect peace that this incredible location has to offer!

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  • Disabled toilets


  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Dark Skies / Stargazing

Map & Directions

Road Directions

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.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest Railway Station is Welshpool station which is 20 miles away.

Llyn Efyrnwy | Lake Vyrnwy


Llanwddyn, Powys, SY10 0LY

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Opening Times

* 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.


Ann Griffiths WalkThe Ann Griffiths Walk, Lake VyrnwyThe Ann Griffiths Trail is a 7 mile linear walk that  follows closely the bank of the River Vyrnwy for most of its length with the Berwyn mountains forming a splendid backdrop. The path runs from Pont Llogel, Llwydiarth to Pontrobert with scenery including river valley and gorge, meadow, woodland…

Glyndwr's Way | Pererindod MelangellPererindod Melangell Walk, Lake VyrnwyA spectacular 15 mile walk passing by Lake Vyrnwy, and leading to Britain's oldest Romanesque shrine at the ancient church of Pennant Melangell.

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