A picturesque accessible route beginning at the shores of Llyn Tegid
The Bala Town, River, and Lake Path provides a scenic walk that begins at the shores of Llyn Tegid, meanders along the Dyfrdwy riverbanks, and winds through the quaint streets of Y Bala.
At just over 3 kilometers, the route offers an enchanting late evening summer stroll or a leisurely midday autumn wander. Y Bala’s amenities make for an ideal rest stop, offering options for both lunch and dinner.
Why this path?
This path is perfect for those who are looking for an accessible stroll that combines the beauty of both Llyn Tegid and the Dyfrdwy river as well as the charm of the town of Y Bala. It’s ideal for families who may have pushchairs and prams or for those with mobility issues and use tramper-style off-road mobility scooters.
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Snowdonia National Park Authority has categorised this route as an Easy Access for All route. It is suitable for people of all abilities, including people with conventional wheelchairs and pushchairs. The terrain consists of largely flat, even surfaces with no steps or steep sections. Comfortable shoes or trainers are suitable for this route.
Snowdonia National Park Car Park on Llyn Tegid foreshore
OS Explorer OL23 (Cadair Idris & Llyn Tegid)
Always park in designated parking areas and never in places where you block entrances to fields or residential areas.
Llyn Tegid Foreshore Car Park
Owned by Snowdonia National Park Authority
Public toilets are available at this car park including accessible toilets. These facilities are open all year round.
Snowdonia National Park Authority has categorised this route as an Access for All route, which is suitable for Tramper style mobility scooters. Trampers are specially-designed, all-terrain mobility scooters that allow people with difficulty walking to access some of the National Park’s most fantastic areas.
The National Park Authority offer a Tramper hire service free of charge.
The route will take you through the town of Y Bala with its quaint shops, cozy cafes and local treasures, all waiting to be discovered. The town’s population, and indeed the area alone, has the highest percentage of Welsh speakers throughout the National Park, making it the perfect place to practice or have a go at some Welsh-language phrases. Notable figures from the town include Betsi Cadwaladr, whose name graces the North Wales health board, and Michael D. Jones, a Welsh patriot who founded Y Wladfa in Patagonia.
Stretching over 3.5 miles in length and three-quarters of a mile at its widest point, the natural wonder of Llyn Tegid is a haven for water sports enthusiasts. From paddleboarding and canoeing to windsurfing and fishing, Llyn Tegid can get incredibly popular during the spring and summer months. The lake is also home to a species of fish known as ‘Gwyniad’. These are one of the rarest species in Eryri and are native to the lake.
During a short section of the route, you will walk along the banks of the Dyfrdwy river. The Dyfrdwy stretches over 70 miles and passes through charming towns like Llangollen, Wrexham and Chester. The river is not only a historical trade route, harking back to Roman times when it was vital for commerce, but also a hub for biodiversity.