Lake Vyrnwy

Lake Vyrnwy

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Licensing Information

Licence Required?

Yes - but not included in British Canoeing Membership

Further Information

Launch from the boat house only (Bethania Watersports), opens 10am. £5 launch fee. Some areas of the lake are restricted, including the dam and a 10m safe zone around the tower. Not covered by a waterways licence and not covered by NGB membership.

As soon as you drop into the valley and catch a glimpse over Lake Vyrnwy you’ll be awe-struck. Nestled amongst thick, dense forest, this huge lake has many hidden secrets.

Just to the north of the lake you’ll find incredible waterfalls for a brilliant hike. And just a little further, the Snowdonia National Park opens up infront of you. A real treat to visit all year round, but especially in autumn.

Lake Vyrnwy is a large, exposed lake and shouldn’t be underestimated. If you’re planning a paddle here, make sure you’re well prepared and have checked the weather forecasts. You can find out more about planning a safe trip and paddling safely on the water here.

Wildlife at Vyrnwy

Well if you’re a keen twitcher, the lake will provide opportunity to view peregrine falcons nesting. There’s also redstarts, siskin and wood warblers to spot too.

Just to the south of the lake, by the dam, you will find the Vyrnwy RSPB centre with further information about the birds that inhabit the Lake and surrounding area.

Lake Vyrnwy is close to Llyn Tegid (Bala). Make a weekend of it and plan a trip including taking in some of the beautiful Snowdonia hikes as well.

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