Llyn (Lake) Clywedog is a massive lake of 615 acres spanning 6 miles, set in the rolling mountains and hills of Mid-Wales.
Yet this large lake is not as well known as its larger cousin Bala (Llyn Tegid) to the north. However, unlike Bala, this is not a natural lake, and is the result of a massive dam across a number of valleys, which has created this S-shaped highland lake.
Access for Water Sports
Access to the water is via Clywedog Sailing Club, who provide a Day Sailing pass for both sailing dinghies and canoes, which includes the use of club facilities (fully equipped kitchen, showers, toilets, and changing rooms).
Dinghies and Canoes must have 3rd party insurance to use the lake.
The club also has a small camping area, so if you wanted to stay overnight that can be arranged.
When we visited, even though unannounced, we were given a very warm welcome, and the slipway provided an easy point to launch our Hudson inflatable canoe.
Note that the lake is 1000ft above sea level, and so access is only between March to the end of October, due to access difficulties during Winter.
The lake winds up the valleys in roughly an S-shape. We found that meant winds came from a number of different directions, but wasn’t too bad in our canoe as hugging the shoreline provided some shelter.
The different sections actually provide very different ‘feel’, from rocky shorelines, tree lined shorelines, heathland shorelines, grassy shorelines, and sandy shorelines. This makes for a great place to explore. Some of the shores are only accessible from the water, and make a great place to stop for a while and have a picnic.
The Llyn Clywedog Dam is the tallest mass concrete dam in Britain and is 236ft / 72m high, and 750ft long, holding around 11,000 million gallons. Severn Trent has a small visitors centre and observation platform to look down on the dam. You pass this onto the way to Clywedog Sailing Club.
The waters feed the River Severn.
Getting in Touch with Llyn Clywedog
Here's how you can get in contact with Llyn Clywedog.
Where to find Llyn Clywedog
Head to the village of Llanidloes and follow the signs. Carry on past the Severn Trent visitors centre and up the hills. Watch out for the sign on the right for the Sailing Club. Follow the farm track down the hill, through the gate, and the club is at the shoreline. Put the map into satellite mode for an exact location.
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