May 21st, 2019
Nestled in the heartlands of the Welsh countryside is the historic town of Bala. Famous for it’s lake – Bala Lake is the largest natural lake in Wales at almost 4 miles long. And this lovely spring walk explores the shores of it.
Where: Bala, Gwynedd
Distance: Approx 5 miles
Start: Car Park on the A494 (Station Road) on the eastern side of the town – just opposite the turning for the A4212 towards Trawsfynydd. Postcode for sat nav LL23 7PG (approx)
Grid Ref: SH 929 361
Maps: OS Explorer OL23: Cadair Idris & Llyn Tegid or OL18: Harlech, Porthmadog & Y Bala.
1: With your back to car park entrance, walk towards the top left corner (near to the fire station) to find a path that leads alongside the river; turn right along it. Follow embankment path with Afon Tryweryn to left. Bear right at fork, through two gates and then follow footpath as it leaves the Tryweryn and follows the River Dee on the left.
2: Eventually reach road; turn right and over bridge then bear right to cross old stone bridge. Directly across road is a kissing gate signposted for Bala Station. Go through this and follow path to station. Cross track using footbridge then continue to follow path across two fields to eventually emerge onto track; turn right along it.
3: Follow path behind old hotel then veer left at way-marker up bank to follow path to stile. Cross it then continue along path with fence on right. Bear downhill a little towards cottage and cross stream nearby. Path goes back up by fence to stile; cross it and turn left for steep path (often overgrown by bracken) to eventually reach tarmac lane. Turn left.
4: Follow lane as it goes over cattle grid then continue on rougher track that leads through forests (much of it already felled) to eventually walk towards Cefn-Ddwygraig house. Just before house, turn left up to a stile.
5: Cross it and follow grassy track (sometimes feint but continue to bear north) across the slopes. At a fork, bear left down to stile then follow the well marked path ahead with views towards Bala town.
6: Look out for step stile (sometimes half hidden) into the forestry at Coed Pen-y-Bont; cross it follow a narrow footpath downhill to lower edge of the trees, ignoring a forestry track on the way. At bottom of woods turn right along lane and soon reach campsite at junction.
7: Turn left along road then follow it back over the bridge, but this time don’t cross the stile you came over earlier, turn left and walk along pavement for short while before turning left again just near 30mph signs, to follow lakeside path. Eventually pass TIC then at main road turn right to walk through town centre and back to car park.
Points of Interest
1: Bala is twinned with a town of the same name in Ontario, Canada, that was named after the Welsh Bala in 1868.
2: Bala is famed for it’s association with Mary Jones – a schoolgirl who, in 1800, walked 25 miles to buy a bible. You can visit the Mary Jones museum on the banks of the lake.
**These directions are for guidance only. The Oakeley Arms can accept no responsibility for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use of this information. The information quoted is correct at the time of writing. Always take a map with you and be prepared for the weather for turn. Do not venture out in bad weather.