Llyn Padarn, Llanberis

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#4 of 16 in Nature in Snowdonia National Park
Llyn Padarn is a glacially formed lake in Snowdonia, Gwynedd, north Wales, and is an example of a moraine dammed lake. The lake is approximately 2mi long (about 240 acres) and at its deepest point is 94ft deep, and is one of the largest natural lakes in Wales. At its south-eastern end it is linked to the neighbouring Llyn Peris (which forms the lower reservoir of the Dinorwig power station). The busy village of Llanberis lies on the southern banks of the lake.The majority of Llyn Padarn is owned by Gwynedd Council and is part of Padarn Country Park. Whilst kayaking, rowing and sailing are permitted on the lake, powered craft require permission to use it. Bangor University Rowing Club row at Llyn Padarn.In April 2014 Llyn Padarn was designated as Bathing Water under the Bathing Water Directive (2006/7/EC).The outflow of Llyn Padarn is on the northern shore and is called Afon Rhythallt, which passes by the village of Brynrefail, Gwynedd and becomes Afon Seiont below Pont Rhythallt, near Llanrug. It reaches the sea at Caernarfon.Padarn Country Park is located on the northern flank of the lake, including Coed Allt Wen, a rare and ancient sessile oak woodland. Both the woodland and Llyn Padarn are designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
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  • August 20, 2017
    A stunning location with free parking available...in 2017?!! There is space for families to gather by the picnic benches, and a launch pontoon for SUP, or kayaks (or just to launch yourself into water...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Had a walk around the lakeside in the rain. Still a beautiful place even when you are soaking wet and cold  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    We walked alongside the lake while we were walking in Padarn Country Park. It is best accessed by foot, and is beautiful and calm (except when being swum in). It is also an SSSI because of a fish call...  more »

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