North Wales is home to some truly breathtaking scenery, from the coastline to the mountains of Snowdonia. Included in the varied landscape are some of the country’s most remarkable lakes. If you are heading to North Wales with your family to get one of our Wales caravans for sale to stay in for many fantastic holidays in the coming months, these are some of the best lakes in the region, suitable for wild swimming, fishing, water sports or just to see the view.
Llyn Padarn is a popular lake in Snowdonia, located at Llanberis. The lake is overlooked by the remains of Dolbardarn Castle, one of the oldest native Welsh castles in the country, and surrounded by gorgeous mountain scenery. The lake is the sixth deepest in Wales, and home to the Arctic char, a fish left behind from the last ice age! The lake is part of Padarn Country Park, and there are several great attractions and activities for families, including wild swimming.
The beautiful Llyn Cau is harder to reach, as it is located in the crater of one the most famous mountains in Wales, Cadair Idris; it is not often you have to climb up to a lake! The 350m ascent takes around half an hour, but the trip is worth it. The lake is linked to Welsh legends, including one that says the lake is bottomless and home to a monster! Be sure to take a camera with you when visiting Llyn Cau to get snaps of the unspoiled natural beauty.
Betws-y-Coed is a charming village in the Conwy Valley, and a must visit for any holiday to North Wales. Llyn Elsi is located within a forest near the village, where you can enjoy the incredible views across to Moel Siabod. Llyn Elsi is a treat for nature lovers, as there is an array of wildlife to seek out. There is also a path that circumnavigates the lake, and the highest point at 700ft provides sights of the Carneddau mountain range.
If you want to do some water sports, Llyn Geirionydd is the lake for you. The lake is set within Gwydyr Forest, and while it might not be easy to find, the search for it is just as enjoyable! Llyn Geirionydd allows powerboats and water skiing, and with the Snowdonia scenery around you, water sports here are quite something! There are picnic spots around the lake, and with parking facilities, the place is a great place to spend the day.
If a lakeside walk is on your agenda for the day, Llyn Cwellyn is the place. The Janus Path can be reached by the car park, and along the wooden boardwalk path, there are benches and picnic tables, and it also is wheelchair and pushchair accessible. The lakeside trail takes you through woods which reach down to the edge of Llyn Cwellyn, and you can see Snowdon and the surrounding mountains on the route.
Llyn Llydaw is one of the most visited lakes in the whole of the UK, and also one of the coldest. The long, thin natural lake is on the flanks of Snowdon, located about one-third up the mountain. As you walk up Snowdon on the Miners’ Track, you walk past the lake. Llydaw is one of many Welsh lakes in North Wales that has links to Arthurian legend as it has been said to be the resting place of King Arthur’s sword, Excalibur. Other lakes linked to Arthur and Merlin include Llyn Dinas and Llyn Ogwen.
Llyn Gwynant lies at the bottom of Snowdon and is often a favourite of the locals. Set between gorgeous mountain landscapes, the lake is perfect for escaping from the hustle and bustle. Wild swimming is popular at Llyn Gwynant, and there are several rocks in and around the lake to jump from. Why not pack up a picnic and have a day at the lake, before heading to a traditional pub for dinner in the evening?
You may have heard of Llyn Tegid by a different name: Bala Lake. It is the largest natural body of water in Wales and located in an area nicknamed the Welsh Lake District. On the edge of the lake is the old market town of Bala, and the Bala Lake Railway runs along the south-east shore, which is a fun family activity! Llyn Tegid is connected to local folklore, including the Welsh counterpart of the Loch Ness monster, called Teggie. The large lake is a favourite for water sports and walkers, and the deep clear waters are great for wild swimming too.
2018 is the Year of the Sea in Wales, and we highly recommend heading to the beach for some water sports and wild swimming too! Take a look at some of blog pieces about the Year of the Sea:
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