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Looking to visit the best lakes in Wales? After all, there’s nothing better than the serenity of the lakeshore — or a quick dip when the weather’s warm. So, browse our list of Wales’s top lakes below as recommended by the komoot community, and experience more on your next adventure!

The top 20 lakes in Wales

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    1

    Keeper's Pond

    Hiking Highlight

    Keepers Pond - or Pen-ffordd-goch pond, in Welsh - boasts great views across the Usk Valley towards the Sugar Loaf and the Black Mountains. Within the Blaenavon World Heritage Site …

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    2

    Glaslyn

    Hiking Highlight

    The east side of the Snowdon massif is a sensational natural amphitheatre. A horseshoe of charismatic summits: twin peaked Y Lliwedd, towering Garnedd Ugain, the notoriously narrow Crib Goch and …

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    3

    Llyn y fan fach

    Hiking Highlight

    Llyn y fan Fach is a short walk from the car park at the bottom of the track. A walk around the lake is also highly recommended. If you’re coming …

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    4

    Llyn Idwal

    Hiking Highlight

    The name of the small lake Llyn Idwal refers to an old Welsh legend. In the 12th century, Owain, Prince of Gwynedd, gave his only son Idwal into the care …

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    5

    Llyn Brianne

    Mountain Biking Highlight

    The wide and easy gravel road snakes around the western shores of the Llyn Brianne Reservoir, which dates back to the late '60s to service Swansea and Neath.

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    6

    Claerwen Reservoir

    Mountain Biking Highlight

    The Claerwen Reservoir is the largest and the newest of the four Elan Valley Reservoirs. Once you reach the top, another "wow“ experience awaits you!

    The view over the huge …

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    7

    Llyn Teyrn

    Hiking Highlight

    The wonderful stretch of mountain water has a magical atmosphere. Just off the the popular miners track walk on Snowdon, it is the perfect place to stop for a break …

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    8

    Llyn Padarn

    Hiking Highlight

    Great lake in llanberis that is just the right length for an evening stroll, some fantastic views from the north side over the lake, and if you go through the …

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    9

    Llyn Trawsfynydd

    Bike Touring Highlight

    A perfect place for a stop wonderful views and lots of wildlife

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    10

    Llyn Llydaw

    Hiking Highlight

    Llyn Llydaw is a beautiful natural lake nestled amid dramatic mountain peaks. The beach at the far end is the perfect place to cool off before the final descent to Pen-y-Pass.

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    11

    Llyn Brenig

    Mountain Biking Highlight

    You can find some glorious views here on the edge of Llyn Brenig. Llyn is Welsh for lake.

    The dam is fairly recent; it was begun in 1973 and finished …

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    Barney
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    12

    Llyn Ogwen

    Road Cycling Highlight

    The subject of countless atmospheric landscape photographs, Llyn Ogwen often makes the 'Most Beautiful Places' lists for Wales. Lying between Tryfan, the Glyders and the Carneddau, this stunning lake draws …

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    Kit P
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    13

    Llyn Cynwch

    Hiking Highlight

    A beautiful short walk for all abilities.

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    Tom
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    14

    Llyn Cefni

    Bike Touring Highlight

    This small reservoir on central Anglesey is a lovely little spot to stop for a picnic. Managed by Welsh Water, the reservoir supplies water to the island. It's also used …

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    Amy
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    15

    Dôl Idris Lake

    Hiking Highlight

    At the start of the Minffordd path there is Dôl Idris, a small lake. There's a nice gentle stroll around it for those not wanting to venture too far vertical, …

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    Tom
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    16

    The largest natural lake in Wales is a perfect spot for fans of the wildlife. You can set out on the lake on a boat, but a permit is required …

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    17

    Lake Vyrnwy

    Road Cycling Highlight (Segment)

    Lovely smooth road looping around Lake Vyrnwy. A stunning reservoir on the edge of Snowdonia. Roads were beautifully quiet on a summers morning spin. Amazing dam stretching across the water.

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    18

    Pontsticill Reservoir

    Hiking Highlight

    Pontsticill Reservoir is a vast water store that was completed in 1927. The reservoir is situated in picturesque surroundings and there are walking trails around the water that you can explore.

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    19

    Llyn y Parc

    Hiking Highlight

    Nice lake, we even went for a quick swim. You have to be a bit careful whilst getting in, because there are many stones, but once your in, it is really nice :)

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    20

    Lake Gwernan

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Sitting under the great hulk of Cadair Idris, Lake Gwernan is an eye-catching feature on Route 82 out of Dolgellau. The lake is 12 acres (5 ha) with gorgeous woodlands …

    Tip by
    Kit P

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