Wonderful Water Features in Wales
Published: Friday 24th Apr 2015
Written by: Ginnie James
One of the requests we have quite often when people are choosing their holiday cottages is to be close to water. We do have a fair few cottages on the banks of a lake or with sea views which are indeed always popular but to be honest it wouldn’t occur to me to list this as a requirement for holiday accommodation.
Then again, maybe I take being near the water for granted.
When taking the dog for a walk we more often than not end up on the canal path, where he loves clambering in and out of the calm water, and when walking to the village shop we are accompanied by the sight and sound of the River Severn.
And thinking about it, when we stayed in Glandon, one of our cottages in Aberdaron (a small village on the tip of the Lleyn Peninsula), one of our best memories of the cottage was sitting by the picture window in the first floor lounge which offers an uninterrupted view of the beach and the sea beyond.
At the time, proximity to the beach and pubs was what I was going for when booking but it did help me understand better the pull of a fantastic water view that changes with the passing of every cloud. We do have some fantastic water features in stunning landscapes here in Wales and the more I read about them and enjoy the photos of them, the more I want to join the number of people who make the effort to reach these areas where, in most cases, Mother Nature and Man have worked together to create something special.
These are just four destinations that have caught my eye: Llyn y Fan Fach (lake of the small beacon hill) is hidden away on the edge of the Black Mountain within the Brecon Beacons National Park and has rave reviews form everyone who has taken the time to comment on their visit on TripAdvisor.
By all accounts the road leading up the area isn’t well maintained so travelling in a car with low suspension will not be a good idea but once you have parked and walked up the track you are well rewarded with stunning views and clean fresh air.
To appreciate the power and beauty of water in the natural landscape you can’t do much better than a visit to Pistyll Rhaeadr, the tallest single drop waterfall in the UK. At 240ft (80m) it is quite a climb from the bottom to the top of the falls but well worth undertaking the challenge. Be careful though as the landscape is as nature intended, without railings or concrete to detract from the splendour.
There are various walks in the area where the waterfall can be viewed from different vantage points and the Tan-y-Pistyll tea room provides sustenance from a rejuvenating cup of tea to full meals. Just to the north of Aberieddy beach is a breached quarry.
This may not sound very appealing but the slate geology gives the water a brilliant deep blue colour which has led to the moniker of The Blue Lagoon. It really is a beautiful spot and well worth the walk to get to it. If you are brave enough, don your wetsuit and join those who dive into the deep clear water from the cliffs or just take a picnic and enjoy the view while staying nice and dry. I would be part of the latter group I must admit!
The Blue Lake near Fairbourne is again the product of an old quarry. Not as well-known, and can be more tricky to get to, but just as beautiful and a location popular with wild swimmers.
After a steep climb the lake is reached through an old mine tunnel which adds to the tangible atmosphere of the site. I have added some of my favourite pictures on to my newly created Water & Wales board on our Pinterest page so feel free to have a look. Do let me know if you have enjoyed a visit to any of the features I have mentioned, and if you want to share any photos all the better.
Or do you think I have missed out a much better water related feature? Let me know!