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Visiting Snowdonia

Cader Idris from Foel Caerynwch


Access to Water

There is no statutory right of access to inland water in Wales or England without landowners’ consent and this applies to any land within the National Park.

This includes wild swimming, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding or using any unpowered vessel.

However, there are some places with the Snowdonia National Park where some activities are allowed.

Tryweryn, Bala (© Aneurin Philips)

Tryweryn, Bala (© Aneurin Philips)

Upper Conwy River

This section of the river is a Grade 3 (4) and can be paddled from Ysbyty Ifan access point to 500m below Rhydlanfair bridge – where there is a formal egress point off the A5 lay-by. This is an informal arrangement as is a high-quality canoeing section but can only be paddled if the water levels are suitable (water gauges are present). It is not suitable for wild swimming or paddleboards.

Llyn Tegid in Bala

This lake is a popular venue and is owned and managed by Snowdonia National Park and offers access to the lake for activities such as swimming, wind surfing, paddle boarding or sailing is by a simple day licence obtainable from the site office adjacent to the Canolfan Hamdden – Leisure Centre. Bala Water Sports also hire out various kit for these activities at the same site. Facilities include parking and toilets.

Places to Visit - Llyn Tegid

Canolfan Tryweryn – Fron Goch, Bala

This is the National White-Water Centre and offers high class water activities such as paddling and rafting and water sports training. It had all the facilities required with adequate parking and café. National White Water Centre

Llyn Traws - Trawsfynydd Lake

This extensive lake is primarily a first-rate fishing venue but does allow canoeing and paddling on a day licence basis and has facilities for disabled access and an accessible boat by prior booking. Ther is also a mountain cycle route extending around the lake.

The site also has a café and changing facilities on site with parking.

Llyn Padarn Lake – Llanberis

This lake, right on the edge of Llanberis is owned and managed by Gwynedd Council and is popular for swimming, canoeing, kayaking or paddle boarding. There are several parking areas – some are pay and display. Equipment can also be hired from Snowdonia Watersports adjacent to the lake on its southwest shore. Llanberis itself has numerous eateries and various types of accommodation.

Llyn Gwynant

This lake is situated some 5 miles north of Beddgelert and access to the north end of the lake is through the Nant Gwynant camp site who charge a nominal fee for access to the lake and also provide boat hire facilities. This is paddleable by canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards.

Afon Glaslyn River

The middle section of this river from Llyn Gwynant is available to canoe down as far as the Aberglaslyn bridge. Water gauges are in place and water levels must be suitable for paddling of any sort. This is to avoid any damage to salmon spawning beds or other species. Note that canoeing skills and suitable equipment are required to navigate this river.

Llyn Cwellyn

Cwellyn is only available for fishing in the season. This can be arranged via the local Angling Club – Seiont & Gwyrfai Association.

Seiont Gwyrfai Llyfni Fishing Society

Adventure Park Snowdonia

The centre is situated on the edge of the National Park and has a wave generating facility and lagoon. It offers surfing, paddle boarding and open water swimming activities (including lessons). The site also offers accommodation and a restaurant.

Safety note.

All users should be safety aware and have appropriate safety equipment including buoyancy aids. Children should be supervised at all times.

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