You are welcome to visit Lake Vyrnwy and the surrounding area in 2023. Although some things may be a little different from the past, we have tried very hard to put arrangements in place to make your visit as enjoyable and fun as possible. 

We will need your help at very busy times when we struggle to accommodate everybody. Please listen to the guidance of stewards and rangers and follow their instructions. They will be trying their best to fit you in.

Hafren Dyfrdwy has updatied the visitor hub. There is a new main car park below the dam with electric vehicle charging points.

The Car Pak at Rhiwargor is temorarily closed where we are making improvement to the path up to the waterfall. We are hoping this will be reopened in time for Easter. 

Other car parks are open. Also, some of the trails are closed because statutory forestry work is in progress. 

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.

Will you make a promise?

Let’s keep doing the little things that will make a big difference.

Whether venturing out to enjoy the area around the Lake or collecting an ice cream from the café or enjoying afternoon tea at the hotel, let’s pledge to care for each other, to care for our communities, and to protect this beautiful land.


Please make your promise to Lake Vyrnwy and to Wales.

Care for each other

  1. I promise to look after my health – by regularly washing and sanitising my hands.

  2. I promise to keep a safe distance from other groups by choosing open spaces and respecting the rules in Wales.

  3. I promise to act immediately if I feel unwell by following advice, sharing information and returning home if I need to.

Care for this epic place

  1. I promise to protect this beautiful valley – by leaving no trace of my visit behind.

  2. I promise to care for the countryside around the Lake – by sticking to paths, leaving gates as I find them and keeping dogs on leads (when needed).

  3. I promise to embrace the wide-open spaces around Lake Vyrnwy – by avoiding areas that are too crowded and preparing for an adventure, come rain or shine.

Care for our community

  1. I promise to respect those who live and work around Lake Vyrnwy and to enjoy their culture and language while I am there.

  2. I promise to enjoy the best that the area around Lake Vyrnwy has to offer – by sticking to paths, leaving gates as I find them and keeping dogs on leads (when needed).

  3. I promise to prepare for my visit – by booking ahead if I can.