Llangorse Lake, Brecon Beacons National Park
If you have a love for the outdoors and nature, there is a multitude of activities waiting for you. You will never be short of things to do at Llangorse Lake, situated in the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park
Wondering what to do at Llangorse Lake?
On Easter Sunday 2018 Didem and I jumped in the car and headed up to Llangorse Lake. Didem had never been there before and I was returning for the first time in 34 years.
A childhood friend of mine used to live in a nearby village and I have fond memories of my time spent holidaying in Llangorse as a 10-year-old boy.
Returning all these years later was certainly no disappointment. It was just as beautiful as I remembered. The largest natural lake in South Wales sits in the shadow of Mynydd Troed and Mynydd Llangorse to the east and Pen-y-Fan to the south-west, the highest peak in the Brecon Beacons.
We had a super day enjoying our version of the and also had time to check out the information centre at the Lakeside Caravan Park reception.
We realised just how much was on offer for the activity minded individual or family. We, therefore, felt it necessary to put together a comprehensive post detailing all the amazing things to do at Llangorse lake.
How to get to Llangorse Lake?
To help you with your Llangorse lake directions we have included this Llangorse lake map:
Although it is nestled in the northern part of the Brecon Beacons National Park, Llangorse Lake is easily accessible owing to the decent road network running close by. As you can see from the map, both the north/south A470 and the east/west A40 both come within a few miles of the lake.
Llangorse Lake Parking
There is ample free parking at Llangorse Lake but do be aware that this is a popular destination and spaces may fill quickly during school holidays and on weekends. If you use a Sat Nav you may wish to know that the Llangorse lake postcode is LD3 7TR.
Llangorse Lake Activities
If you like to have fun, there is an abundance of Llangorse Lake activities to keep you occupied all day long. If getting out on the water floats your boat (pardon the pun), there are plenty of watercraft options that may interest you:
Llangorse Lake Boat Hire
If you fancy a gentle pootle around the lake in a pedalo or rowing boat you can do precisely that. If on the other hand you are looking for something a little more energetic then you may wish to take out a canoe or kayak. Visit the Llangorse Lake boat hire prices page to check out the cost of your preferred watercraft rental.
Is the thought of sailing on Llangorse Lake more your thing? Head on over to Llangorse Lake Sailing Club and check out the sailboat varieties available to hire, depending on your experience level.
Are you interested in taking a sailing course? Well, Llangorse Sailing Club is a RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Recognised Training Centre (RTC). Take a look at the range of official RYA courses available for all ages.
Water Skiing/Wake Boarding on Llangorse Lake
Water skiing and wakeboarding are also popular pastimes on Llangorse Lake. If you have your own boat and equipment you can enjoy these activities in this idyllic setting within the Brecon Beacons National Park. For further details, visit the water skiing/wakeboarding charges and rules page.
If you don’t have the luxury of owning a boat, equipment and require some instruction, the Llangorse Lake Water Ski Club should be your next port of call.
Llangorse Lake Fishing
If you enjoy your fishing, you are simply going to love the 400-acre Llangorse Lake. If you wait until October when the pleasure boats are moored for the season, you can enjoy the lake at its tranquil best! Although the lake is renowned for its pike fishing, it also holds stocks of perch, roach, bream, tench as well as eels.
Fishing is not permitted on the shores of Llangorse Lake owing to the many SSSI’s (Sites of Special Scientific Interest) as well as conservation areas. Therefore, it is only possible to fish directly from boats.
Llangorse Lake Fishing Prices
Whether you have your own boat or not, you will be able to enjoy fishing on Llangorse Lake.
To ensure that you comply with all the Llangorse Lake fishing rules and regulations, make sure that you read through the details on the fishing rules page.
Llangorse Lake Walks
If you are a keen walker you are not going to be short of interesting walks in the Llangorse Lake area. Here are 7 great examples that should help whet your appetite:
Walk 1 – Llangorse figure of 8
Walk 2 – The Lake Trail
Walk 3 – Buckland Hill – The Bucklebury Walk
Walk 4 – Llangasty Stroll
Walk 5 – Up and Over The Allt
Walk 6 – Mynydd Llangorse (also check out our version of the Mynydd Llangorse Walk)
Walk 7 – The Three Peaks Walk
For a detailed route description of each walk, a map, plus useful route-specific information, download the Awesome Walks Around Llangorse & Bwlch PDF.
Just in case these 7 walks are not enough, you may also wish to take a look at these four popular walks. Download PDF routes plans and route descriptions by clicking on the links below:
‘Bwlch with Solitude’ – as featured on the BBC’s ‘Weatherman Walking’
If you love your walking, like so many other visitors to the area, you will never be short of things to do at Llangorse Lake.
Llangorse Multi Activity Centre
The Llangorse Multi Activity Centre is an award-winning indoor and outdoor activity and training centre, located just a short distance east of Llangorse Lake. This facility has been in operation since 1958 and offers a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities for children and adults of all abilities.
If you are looking for year-round adventures regardless of what the weather is doing, there are plenty of indoor activities waiting for you. Try out Wales’ only indoor natural rock climbing facility or the artificial rock climbing walls. These are just two of the indoor activities on offer at the Llangorse Multi Activity Centre. Check out the full list of indoor activities & prices.
If aerial zip lines are more your cup of tea, you are going to love Sky Trek! This is a unique and exciting activity made up of 14 connected zip lines travelling between trees at heights of up to 22 metres, as it zig zags down the mountainside. Sky Trek is suitable for ages of 12 and over.
Junior Challenge Course
This consists of stepping stones, hanging tunnels, balance logs, Burma buckets, a Vine traverse, swinging tyres and a lot more. This is suitable for children ranging from 6-12 years. Find out further details about the outdoor activities & prices.
The Llangorse Multi Activity Centre also offers horse riding opportunities for individuals regardless of experience. Enjoy the wonderful views of the Brecon Beacons, Black Mountains and Llangorse Lake on horseback. There is no need to worry about traffic as the horse rides all take place on a network of private bridleways totally 25 miles. Learn more about the horse riding options at the Llangorse Multi Activity Centre.
To find out the opinions of visitors to the Llangorse Multi Activity Centre, head on over to the TripAdvisor reviews.
Ellesmere Riding Centre
The Llangorse Multi Activity Centre is certainly not the only option available for those looking to enjoy the beauty of this area on horseback. Ellesmere Riding Centre is located just to the north of the lake and offers a range of riding options for those of all experience levels.
Ellesmere Riding Centre is a small stables with 20 horses to choose from. You can opt for one of a number of riding experiences to suit your desires and experience. If you are a complete novice, you may choose a nice gentle trek for you and/or your family. If on the other hand you and/or your group are more accomplished riders, you can opt for a 6-day long distance riding holiday.
Llangorse Lake Cycling
If exploring the area on a bike is more your thing, you will be pleased to know that there are plenty of cycling route options in the Llangorse area. Here we have highlighted four popular cycling routes for you to choose from:
- Around the shores of Llangorse Lake
- Brynich Loch Along the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal
- To the top of the Talybont Reservoir
- Sarn Helen & the Roman Roads
Llangorse Lake Stargazing
With our towns and cities becoming ever more lit up, it is getting increasingly difficult to get a sense of what we are looking at when we gaze into the night sky. Thankfully, there is a number of top dark sky locations in the UK where budding astronomers will get quite a treat! In Wales, there is just one – the Brecon Beacons.
Dark Sky Wales manager, Allan Trow, listed Llangorse Lake as one of his favourite sky gazing locations in the Brecon Beacons. Check out the list of the top 5 dark sky locations in the UK.
After enjoying the wonders of this area by day, why not stick around after dark to marvel in the beauty of the Llangorse Lake night sky!
Llangorse Lake Wildlife
Llangorse is a wonderful haven for wildlife and numerous species can be found there. Otters and Water Voles are just a couple of examples of mammals that live there. That said, it is unlikely that you will catch sight of them as they are often hidden by the reeds along the lake’s shores.
However, you will certainly have no trouble spotting the wide variety of Llangorse Lake birds. Llangorse Lake is a favoured stop off point for migrating birds; here they rest before continuing on their travels. Certain species, such as Canada Geese and Grey Herons, stay all year round.
Warblers, coots, swallows and swifts are other bird types that can regularly be seen around the lake. While we were visiting, we even had the pleasure of seeing the exquisite looking Mandarin Drake!
If you want to find out all about the latest bird rarities showing up in this area, head over to Llangorse Lake bird sightings.
If you are a keen bird watcher, the Llangorse lake bird hide may well be of interest to you. It can be found on the south side of the lake at the Llangasty Nature Reserve near Ty-Mawr Farm. You can get there by driving to the carpark adjacent to Llangasty church. Alternatively, simply follow the Llangorse Lake Trail on foot from the Llangorse Lake caravan park.
Eat & Drink
Following your activity-filled day at Llangorse Lake, you are almost certainly going to want something to eat and drink. Thankfully, there are plenty of eating establishments within easy reach of the lake.
The most convenient is the Llangorse Lake Café which is located alongside the parking area at the lake itself. There are also a number of pubs near Llangorse Lake which have very good reviews. The closest of these are the Castle Inn and the Red Lion which are both located in the village of Llangorse, just a stone’s throw from the lake.
Check out this comprehensive list (plus reviews) of restaurants near Llangorse Lake, ordered by distance from the lake. We are certain that you will find something that will suit your taste and budget!
Where to Stay
Perhaps you are looking to spend a couple of days in the area, or even a little longer, so that you can take advantage of the wide range of things to do at Llangorse Lake. There is a good selection of Llangorse Lake accommodation to suit all budgets and you needn’t venture too far from the lake to find it!
Camping & Caravans
If you are looking for Llangorse Lake camping or a pitch for your caravan, the nearest facility is the Lakeside Caravan Park on the shores of the lake. Visit their camping and touring caravans page for details and pricing.
The Llangorse Lake Caravan Park also offers a range of well-equipped static caravans for rent with a minimum stay requirement of 2 nights. Visit their caravan hire page for full details including pricing
Want to find out what others are saying about their stay at the Lakeside Caravan and Camping Park? Check out the TripAdvisor reviews.
Another one of the popular camping and caravan sites near Llangorse Lake is the Llynfi Holiday Park. As of July 2018, this site has received a 5 Star rating by those who have stayed there. Read the Facebook reviews.
Both of these Llangorse lake camping sites are perfectly located just a short distance from the lake so you are never too far from all the action.
Looking for a little more comfort during your stay? Then, I guess you would like to browse the great variety of hotels around Llangorse Lake. There are plenty on offer and you should find exactly what you are looking for whether you want cheap and cheerful or total opulence!
Common Questions About Llangorse Lake
Llangorse or Llangors?
Wondering why you sometimes see these two spelling variations? Quite simply, the Welsh version is spelt without the ‘e’.
What is the distance around Llangorse lake?
The circumference of Llangorse Lake is 5 miles (8 km)
Is it possible to walk around Llangorse Lake?
No, it is not possible to walk around Llangorse Lake in its entirety. However, you can take the Lake Trail from the parking area on the north side of the lake, around the western side and as far as Llangasty Village Hall on the lake’s south shore.
How deep is Llangorse Lake?
Llangorse Lake has a maximum depth of 7.5 metres
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