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Visiting Snowdonia

Tryweryn, Bala (© Aneurin Philips)


Water Sports

Snowdonia is the place for water sport adventures! There are plenty of lakes, rivers and coastline to enjoy a wide range of water sports, from sailing to kayaking and windsurfing to white water rafting!

Tryweryn, Bala

Tryweryn, Bala (© Aneurin Philips)

Llyn Tegid, Bala

During the summer months the lake is mottled with multicoloured boats, canoes and sailboards. You can bring your own boats/sailboards and equipment, or they can be hired on site between Easter and September.

Permits must be obtained before embarking on any activity on the lake as the Lake Warden can ask to see them at any time. Permits can be purchased from the Lake Warden's Centre or the pay and display machines at the Foreshore car park.

As well as a Lake Wardens Centre and pay and display car park, facilities at Llyn Tegid include toilets, showers and changing rooms.

Power boats (electric engines excepted) and boats longer than 19ft (5.8metres) are not permitted on the lake.

The lake’s water can be very cold, and the edges deep in places. The Foreshore is the safest swimming spot, but swimming is not permitted from boats out on the lake. Children swimming or playing in the lake must be under close supervision at all time.

Please note that the Snowdonia National Park Authority does not provide a rescue service, and that individuals are responsible for their own safety while taking part in any activity on the lake.

How to get there:
To the south west of the town of Bala, between the Berwyn, Aran and Arenig mountains lies Llyn Tegid, or you may have heard it referred to as Bala Lake. At nearly 4 miles long and up to ¾ of a mile wide it is Wales’ largest natural lake. It is owned and managed by the Snowdonia National Park Authority as a recreational resource, who also protects the lake and its special biodiversity. It’s an excellent location for sailing, canoeing and windsurfing.

Address: Bala Adventure & Watersports Centre, Llyn Tegid Foreshore, Pensarn Rd, Bala, Gwynedd. LL23 7SR

Telephone: 01678 521 059

Surf Snowdonia

Welcome to the Surf Snowdonia Adventure Parc: a world-first inland surf lagoon and the UK’s most compelling outdoor adventure holiday destination for you, your friends and the whole family to enjoy.

Our awesome 300-metre surf lagoon is the main deal, but there’s loads of other stuff to try out when you visit – from adrenalin thrills and spills on our Wipeout-style Crash & Splash lagoon to our legendary catapult blob and kiddies’ soft play.

Why not book in for a short break or surfing weekend and learn to surf with our friendly surf academy? We offer lessons, structured courses and residential surf camps for all ages and abilities.

How to get there:
If you’re coming by car we’re just 7 miles from the main A55 North Wales arterial route with a final run-in just 15 minutes from the main expressway.

Address: Surf Snowdonia, Conway Road, Dolgarrog, Conwy, LL32 8QE

Telephone: 01492 353 123

Tryweryn, Bala

Canolfan Tryweryn - The National Whitewater Centre is situated on the bank of the river Tryweryn near Bala, where you can take part in whitewater rafting, kayaking and canoeing.

Afon Tryweryn is a dam released river from Llyn Celyn reservoir, so water is often flowing when other British rivers are dry, thus producing a unique year round whitewater venue. The Centre caters for visitors of all levels of experience and there are activities to suit the whole family.

Kayakers and Canoeists are required to pay a facility fee to paddle along Afon Tryweryn and sign in at the Centre’s reception. The fee is £7 for National Governing Body Members and £14 for those who are not.

Opening Times
Canolfan Tryweryn office hours are Monday to Friday 9.00am till 4.30pm. Outside these hours an answer phone service is available.

How to get there:
Canolfan Tryweryn - The National Whitewater Centre just off the A4212 between Bala and Trawsfynydd, 2 miles North from the village of Frongoch.

Address: Canolfan Tryweryn, The National Whitewater Centre, Frongoch, Bala. LL23 7NU

Telephone: 01678 521083

Nant Gwynant

Llyn Gwynant is a natural lake in Nant Gwynant, south of Snowdon, and it’s a very popular destination for kayaking and canoeing. You can also paddle along the Afon Glaslyn river which flows in and out of Llyn Gwynant. You can bring your own kayaks/canoes and equipment, or they can be hired from Llyn Gwynant Campsite to the north of the lake during the summer season.

How to get there:
Llyn Gwynant is on the A498 from Beddgelert to Penygwryd. Llyn Gwynant Campsite is located immediately north of the lake.

Address: Llyn Gwynant Campsite, Nant Gwynant, Caernarfon, Gwynedd. LL55 4NW

Telephone: 01766 890340
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Plas y Brenin, Capel Curig

At Plas y Brenin National Mountain Centre near the village of Capel Curig you can take part in kayaking and canoeing either on Llynnau Mymbyr lakes or along the local rivers. The Centre is situated in an amazing location with fantastic views towards the Snowdon Horseshoe. If you'd like to learn to paddle, improve your technique quickly, or just get out there and soak up some of Britain's finest water, contact Plas y Brenin./

How to get there:
Plas y Brenin is less than a quarter of a mile south-west of the centre of Capel Curig on the A4086 road to Llanberis.

Address: Plas y Brenin, The National Mountain Centre, Capel Curig, Conwy. LL24 OET

Telephone: 01690 720214

Llyn Padarn, Llanberis

Llyn Padarn is a popular lake for watersports in Snowdonia. Access to the water is easy, with sheltered bays which are a good location for instructing if other locations are too windy. There are car parks available.

Padarn Watersports Centre, run by Boulder Adventures, is set among the beautiful countryside of Padarn Country Park, Llanberis on the outskirts of the National Park. Here you can enjoy watersports like canoeing, kayaking and raft building.

Boulder Adventures strongly advise people to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

How to get there:
Padarn Watersports Centre is located in Padarn County Park, Llanberis close to the National Welsh Slate Museum.

Address: Boulder Adventures, Bryn Du Mountain Centre, Tŷ Du Road, Llanberis, Gwynedd. LL55 4HE

Telephone: 01286 870556

Header image - Morfa Harlech (© Crown copyright (2014) Visit Wales)