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Found in Llanberis, Llyn Padarn is a beautiful lake in Gwynedd, North Wales. It is a glacial lake, one of the largest lakes in all of Wales, at about two miles in length and almost thirty metres in depth at its deepest point.

It is a beautiful sight to behold, and if you feel like getting to know it a bit better, you can go sailing, kayaking and rowing on the lake. It was recently dedicated bathing water, meaning it is plenty clean enough for a swim – something the dogs will love doing, too!

There are some areas around the lake where it would be safer to keep dogs on their leads - there are deep quarries that are not always securely fenced, so if your canine happens to be a bit of an explorer, take care in these areas. Otherwise, there are a number of designated off-lead areas around the lake where they will be able to happily run free for a while.

The area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the Coed Dinorwig, which is an ancient sessile oak woodland. You and the dogs can both get to know this rare woodland at your own pace, wandering around and taking in the sights of the beautiful trees. Come in autumn to see some truly spectacular colourings.

Image source: CC-by-SA 2.0 by Chris Plunkett


Llyn Padarn is found close to Llanberis in the Snowdonia National Park. There is parking located on the edge of the lake. 

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