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6 Breathtaking lakes in Wales that you need to see

6 Breathtaking lakes in Wales that you need to see

Wales isn’t the first place that comes to mind when someone says beaches, but it’s actually home to hundreds of lakes that are just as beautiful as their beachy counterparts—and some of them may even be better! Here are eight breathtaking lakes in Wales that you need to visit before you die.

The National Botanic Garden of Wales

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Several Regency lakes have been restored by the National Botanic Garden of Wales after a five-year, £7 million restoration effort. These lakes, which William Paxton originally built in the 18th and 19th centuries to supply water to his Middleton Estate, are a spotless illustration of a Regency manicured garden.

One minute visitors will see a serene and unmoving lake surrounded by a gorgeous walkway, and the next the air will be humming with water pouring over cascades, a waterfall, and a weir.

You’ll pass Pwll yr Ardd, which translates to Garden Pool, Llyn Uchaf, which means Upper Lake, and Llyn Canol, which translates to Middle Lake. The largest lake is Llyn Mawr, which is about 65,000 square metres in size. Llyn Felin Gat looks out over a gorgeous wooden bridge. Perennials, hellebores, lilies, otters, and kingfishers could be seen if you’re lucky.

Talley Lakes

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The only structure in Wales that is a part of the Premonstratensian order is Talley Abbey. Talley’s twin lakes lie beyond the skeletal remains, and they are separated from one another by a narrow neck of land. They developed during the most recent glacial age.

The abbey’s name, Talley (Talyllychau), which means “head of the lakes,” is not surprising. A reed swamp with alder and willow carr surround the 27-acre lower lake. There are ducks, swans, and grebes there because of its distant position. There is a yellow-and-white water lily floating on the surface of the upper lake, which is around 16 acres in size.

Dinefwr Lake

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Dinefwr Park, which is around 17 miles from Llyn y Fan Fach, shares the tale of the Lady of the Lake since it is said that the estate’s white cattle came from the same herd she nurtured. The lake in this area, which is a part of the historic deer park, is known as the Lake of Reflections because it is said to make people appear wealthier than they actually are.

According to the folklore, a farmer won a contest to save his life by using the lake to mirror himself and his 10 cattle to appear to have twenty.

Llyn y Fan Fach

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Llyn y Fan Fach may be reached after a leisurely four-mile trek to the peak. The Bannau Sir Gaer mountain range, which borders a glacial and enigmatic lake, is located there. Llyn y Fan Fach is shrouded in tradition and is associated with the legend of The Lady of the Lake.

According to legend, a young farmer in the thirteenth century witnessed a stunning woman emerge from the lake. On the condition that she would leave him if he struck her three times, he was granted her hand in marriage. She was unfortunately struck by the farmer, and she vanished back into the lake with her magical farm animals but left her boys behind. These sons treated the English royal court and were dubbed the Physicians of Myddfai.

Fish, red kites, carrion crows, buzzards, and kestrels may all be found around the lake, which is a refuge for animals. Even though there is a notice prohibiting “wild swimming,” several tourists have done so and felt it was well worth the danger!

The Elan Valley Lakes

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Twelve sites of special scientific interest encompass almost the whole 180 square kilometres of the Elan Valley. Numerous dams that supply Birmingham with drinking water are located within this territory. The highest of these is the gracefully curving Craig Coch, rising 1040 feet above sea level and featuring a sprawling lake behind its “Birmingham Baroque” design.

A colony of trees and rolling hills surround the Garreg Ddu and Pen y Garreg dams, which are also highly popular. The scenery resembles a cross between the Lake District and the Great Lake near Hogwarts.

The smallest of the dams, Caban Coch, features a tranquil lakeside path through bluebell trees and mimics a natural cascade.

Last but not least, Claerwen is twice as big as the other dams and its reservoir is almost as big as all the other lakes put together. Travelers may round the Claerwen National Nature Reserve on a 6-mile path that begins on the lake’s northern bank.

Bosherston Lily Ponds

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The National Trust owns and operates the Stackpole Estate, which includes the Bosherston Lily Ponds. Excalibur, King Arthur’s sword, is said to have been discovered here, and here is said to have been his last stop before setting ship for Avalon.

Swans and pike may be found in plenty in the ponds, and throughout the summer, water lilies cover the lake’s surface. Start a mile-long stroll around the lakes in the fall to witness the reflections of orange, yellow, and red colours in the water or to search for otters.

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