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Bala - Lake, River & Town

Bala - Lake, River & Town - 1 December 2017

Bala - Lake, River & Town
Billy Taylor

Grade: Leisure

Distance: 2 miles – 3.25km

Time: 1.5 hours

Terrain: Pavement

My chosen walk of the month offers a most enjoyable circular route to suit all ages and abilities

Start your walk at the Llyn Tegid Snowdonia National Park car park.

Join the public footpath from Loch Cafe to the metal pedestrian gate just beyond the Rugby Club

There are excellent views of the lake. At 3.5 miles long and 0.75 mile wide, Llyn Tegid is Wales’ largest natural lake and important for its biodiversity value. The rare Gwyniad fish, found only in this lake, has resided here since the lake was formed at the end of the last Ice Age.

Bear right and continue to walk along the roadside path to where it meets the main road B4391.

There are excellent views of the surrounding mountains. The Aran ridges towering above the village of Llanuwchllyn creates a dramatic backdrop to the lake. On a clear day to the south the distant mountains Cader Idris may be seen and Dduallt where the source of the river Dee flows down into Llyn Tegid. According to legend, the lake was named after Tegid Foel, a cruel prince who lived in a palace in the valley where the lake lies today. The prince was punished for his cruelty when the valley was suddenly and supernaturally, filled with water, drowning the palace and its inhabitants. On a quiet still day the bells of the palace may still be heard today!

Approximately 50m on, cross the road and join the public footpath to your left.

Walk along the recently re surfaced path passing the confluence of Rivers Dee & Tryweryn, continue along the riverside path to the bridge - Pont y Bala.

At the bridge, Pont Mwnwgl-y-llyn, the River Dee leaves the lake and meanders its way all the way down to Chester with the Afon Tryweryn joining some 500m downstream. Both river corridors provide a habitat for a wealth of wildlife. Various birds may be seen including the resident Dippers, keep a watch full eye out for the darting glimpse of the Kingfisher. Both Otter and Mink are occasionally seen during the day.

At the bridge bear left and enjoy a leisurely walk through the town of Bala. Turn left opposite the Texaco garage down Aran Street and walk straight on. Turn right following the metal fingerpost and path back to the metal pedestrian gate by the Rugby Club and then return back along the same path you started your journey.

Bala is an old market town founded about 1310 by Roger de Mortimer to tame the rebellious Penllyn (“Lake Head”) district. The town provides visitors with all the essential services including banks, post office, supermarkets and shops selling local produce as well as hotels, cafes, restaurants and pubs. With its long and fascinating history Bala offers a wealth of historic interest to enjoy.

Enjoy the walk.

For further information visit:

Billy Taylor (Llyn Tegid Assistant Warden)