Llyn Tegid | Bala Lake

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Join the Bala & Penllyn Rotary Club for a scenic or challenge walk! 

Seize the opportunity to experience the marvellous scenery of southern Snowdonia with views Bala Lake, the largest natural lake in Wales, surrounded by three mountain ranges (Berwyn, Aran and Arenig), and encounter the local wildlife, including Buzzards and Red Kites! 

The route has been chosen to maximise the views over a variety of terrain including farmland, moorland and forest. Participants may wish to raise funds for their own charity, good cause, or recognised club or just enjoy the walk knowing that the entry fee will contribute to charities such as North Wales Air Ambulance, Mountain Search & Rescue Services and other local good causes. 

All participants who complete the challenge will receive a certificate and free refreshments. Runners may also participate but please note the later start time. The event is not an organised race and there are a number of stiles. Dogs: because of the route being over farming land, dogs must be on a lead at all times. 

There is a choice of route and distance:

1. The Bala Challenge

The Bala Challenge is a circular walk around Bala Lake (Llyn Tegid) including part of the Aran ridge, starting and finishing at the Penllyn Leisure Centre, in Bala. The walk is 20 miles (32 km) long with a total ascent of 4000ft (1250m) and would be completed in around 7-10 hours. Other than the Aran Ridge the route is over low-lying hills using footpaths, sections of open moorland, quiet roads and for a short distance a main road. There are short sections that are steep. This walk is only for experienced walkers, although it is possible to choose a shorter distance during the walk by informing the checkpoint marshal that you are changing to the 8 or 14 mile walk.

2. The Bala Circuit

The Bala Lake Circuit is a circular walk around Bala Lake (Llyn Tegid) starting and finishing at the Penllyn Leisure Centre, in Bala. The walk is 14 miles (23 km) long with a total ascent of 2500ft (760m) and would be completed in around 6-8 hours. The route is over low-lying hills using footpaths, sections of open moorland, quiet roads and for a short distance a main road. There are short sections that are steep.

3. The Bala Lake Scenic Walk

The Bala Lake Scenic Walk is a linear walk along the east side of Bala Lake starting at the Penllyn Leisure Centre, in Bala, and finishing in Llanuwchllyn. The walk is 8 miles (13 km) long with a total ascent of 1700ft (520m) and would be completed in around 3-4 hours. The route is over low-lying hills using footpaths, sections of open moorland and quiet roads. There are short steep sections. It is possible to return to the start by Bala Lake Railway - discounted fares may be available (subject to confirmation) - or by minibus (which will be provided by the organisers)

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Bala Challenge 2024

Type:Walking Event

Bala, Gwynedd, LL23 7YE

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