What to expect when you arrive
When you approach the village of Llanwddyn, you are almost here. As you drive through the lower village you will see the shop straight ahead of you. Andrew and Colleen will help you to stock up on any last-minute picnic items you need.
As you drive on up the hill, the Lake and dam in all its glory only appear at the last moment. Hesitate only briefly to take in the view and decide whether to drive on around the lake or cross the dam to the upper village. If the main car park is full, we will put out a sign asking you to drive straight on and use one of the three car parks further on.
If you cross the dam, the toilets are straight ahead of you at the far end of the dam. These are well maintained by Hafren Dyfrdwy (Severn Dee Water) who own and manage the site.
Walking back up towards the dam, Ceri at Artisans café will be open with her staff serving you outside. Further up, the RSPB will have a cabin open from Easter where you can obtain more information, get a map of the walks around the Lake or sign up to become a member. Further down the road, Heather has her gift shop in the Courtyard.
The RSPB shop is no longer open, but Chapel Bird Hide in front of Artisans Shop is open. Lakeside Hide and Centenary Hide at the top of the Lake are both open.
As you start to drive, cycle or walk around the lake, Dave offers boating opportunities from the boathouse. As you go up the valley, there are picnic sites at Llechwedd, and Rhiwargor. From Rhiwargor, with its large car park, there are walks to the stunning waterfall at the head of the valley.
If you plan to boat or board on the Lake, Dave and his team at the boathouse will be pleased to help you. If you bring your own boat, canoe or board, it must first be checked by one of Dave's team. Please do not go into or on the water when the boathouse is closed as no safety boat is on duty.
On you return down the far side of the lake, there is the Old Village picnic site or you could drop into the Hotel for afternoon tea.
We hope you enjoy your visit.