There are many wonderful lakes and rivers where people swim in Snowdonia . Here are just a
Llyn Gerionydd - just north (and slightly west) from Betwys-y-Coed. Can be reached by car. Best place to swim
is under the monument to the 6th century poet Taliesin at the north end. The lake is shared with motorised craft
but they are supposed to keep clear of the swimming area. We have met none on mid-week visits.
A favourite is Llyn Padarn at Llanberis on the A4806 toward Caenarfon. This is a huge lake, water is not too
cold and very clear. There is a safe swimming little bay for kids on the other side of the lake from
town, near a car park by the mini-railway station. However, our choice are the beaches in the country park on the A4086
north-west of town (Pictures). A world famous people's restaurant is
Pete's Eats - not to be missed!
Llymau Mymbyr is just west of Capel Curig (A5 going west). On a hot day people stop and swim
from the roadside. There are several bathing sites in streams in and around Betwys-y-Coed and a stream by the
A5-A4806 junction which is popular with locals. Please seek local advise as to exact locations.
Further on the A5 opposite lake Ogwen (Reservoir - no swimming) is Llyn Idwal with a lovely
beach. Popular but deep and can be very cold. There have been accidents so please stay near
the shore. There are beautiful lakes on the surrounding mountains such as Llyn Bochlwyd but getting
there involves climbing. If you decide to climb look out for steep, slippery slopes and loose
rocks and make sure you have all the necessary gear with you to cope with a sudden change in
the weather including prolonged fog.
So far we have only scratched the surface. There are probably hundreds more places in this
area- a wild swimmer's (and hill walker's) paradise.
padarn [Nat Grid Reference SH655593]