Llyn Parc

OS grid ref:- SH7959

Tranquil and picturesque Llyn Parc, also known as Llyn y Parc, lies near the village of Betws y Coed and is surrounded by thickly wooded slopes dropping down to the water's edge Llyn Parc is one of a number of lakes in the Gwydyr Forest.

The lake lies at at a height of 664 feet, covering a total area of 22 acres. Although a natural lake, the construction of a dam at its southern end raised the water level to to power machinery at the nearby Aberllyn lead and zinc mine. The outflow of the lake today passes the ruined remains of the mills before joining the River Conwy.

Llyn Parc

There are no fish in the lake due to the high level of lead its water contains.

On the western side of the lake is a seven foot wall built by French Napoleonic prisoners of war. The lake can be accessed by footpath from Betws-y-Coed or Llanrwst.

Image copyright Terry Hughes

A walk to Llyn Parc

*Commencing from the Llyn Sarnau car park (OS grid ref:-SH77759) which can be located on the minor road that starts from near Gwydir Castle on the B5106. Follow the track to the right which leads between two lakes. Continue straight ahead when the path splits into various directions. Follow the ascending path until arriving at an alternative track which joins from the left.

*Proceed along this track until arriving at a junction and a high dam flanking a reservoir, at which point continue straight ahead. Continue on the track to reach Llyn Parc.

*Retrace your steps to return.

Gwydir Forest