5 Welsh Lakes to See Before You Die

Wales, the land of mountains, shores, forests and lakes. The latter of these is a verified famed aspect of this wonderful land. Most of these bodies of water begin with the word ‘Llyn’ which means lake.

  1. Llyn Padarn

Padarn – flickr.com/photos/47515486@N05/


Llyn Padarn sits to the side of the great tourist town of Llanberis. It is a tourist favorutie and offers one of the most beautiful views in all of Snowdonia, with an inconic vista across its reflective surface with the far valley meating it’s mirror image at it’s trough.

2. Glaslyn

Glaslyn flickr.com/photos/47515486 – Hefin Owen

Snowdon, the wide gazing eye of Snowdonia, the largest mountain in the whole of the Snowdonia mountain range. She’s seen much happiness and much tragedy of the many years she has been alive, and so a single tear falls from her eye. This tear is the Glaslyn. Glaslyn translates to ‘The Blue Lake’. It is the legendary lake where Arthur threw his great sword of heroes, Excalibur into the depths of for the lady of the lake to take until come a time where a hero would return to take the sword.

3. Tyddyn Sargent

Tyddyn Sargent – Anglesey Fisheries – Lakehouse Holidays


This set of lakes is a stunning fishery and attracts people who enjoy fishing for some of Wales’ finest natural aquatic life. These lakes are much loved by those who know to come here. Placed on the fair isle of Ynys Mon, also know to us in English as Anglesey, which is home to some North Wales’ most awesome sights. As Anglesey’s favourite fishing spot it’s also home to Lakehouse Holidays Self Catering Anglesey, with beautiful scenery and green pastures all around. This is a wonderful area to spend an afternoon.

4. Llyn Brenig

Brenig – flickr.com/photos/fkacraig/

Perhaps Wales’ most famous lake, this reservoir is in the heart of Denbigh’s moors, and is as high as 1200 feet. It sits on the border of the two welsh counties of Conwy and Denbighshire and manages he River Dee as part of the river regulation system which is designed to protect the water supply of Northwest England and Northeast Wales. The vast lake has a perimeter of 9 miles (14km). Llyn Brenig takes a long time to refill, so other lakes will be used before resorting to Brenig in case of a drought. When the lake was under construction, it was found that the site was the location of a Mesolithic hunter/gatherer group. It’s been dated by radiocarbon analysis of the charcoal from fires to around 5700BC. There are many archaeological trails around the Llyn, and relics such as ring cairn visible as well as ancient barrows.

5. Llyn Tegid – Bala

Llyn Tegid – flickr.com/photos/barryskeates

Llyn Tegid, known in English as Bala Lake, is a staggering 4.84 km2, and is the largest of all Welsh Lakes. This lake is as ancient as the great land of Cymru itself with many Cambrian legends emanating from the vast waters of this goliath of a water body. Llyn Tegid’s shores is home to the popular lake town of Bala, which has a thriving fishing community and yachting culture. In the History of Teliesin, the character known as Tegid Foel or Tegid the bald was the husband of the great sorceress goddess Ceridwen. This Lake was the site of the great hall of ol’ Tegid. It is said that one night as the court slept the waters flooded the town in its entirety and now a lake sits in its place. On a moonlit light they say you can see the haunted light of the hall shining from the lakebed.

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