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Llyn Llech Owain




Walk Start / Finish Location:
Llyn Llech Owain Country Park

Walk Distance: 2 miles (1 hour)

Walk Level: Easy

Parking: Car park on site (Charge).
Just north of Cross Hands at Gorslas, follow brown tourist signs.
Winter opening times: 10am-4pm.

Transport: Traveline - www.traveline.info   - or - Telephone 0871 200 22 33




Walk Description



This is a popular attraction with a cafe and toilets. The walk goes around the lake on a well laid out path and there are other routes that can be explored another time. The lake was said to be formed when Prince Owain left the cover off a magical spring and the land was flooded. Today this area is not only a SSSI but also an internationally important conservation site. Red kites fly over the area and there are views of the surrounding hills.


Start on the path between the cafe and the play area and follow this through woodland. The path can be used by pushchairs but in places is wet. Ignore a path going right and bear left into a more open area. The lake comes into view in an area now cleared of woodland. The transmitter mast of Carmel in the distance dominates the skyline.

Ignore the next path on the right and head towards the two towers near the water's edge. The first tower is the visitor centre.

You can either follow the lakeside path in front of it which can be wet & muddy in places or use the higher path behind the centre to the second tower. This other tower formed part of a pumping station to supply water to the local communities until the 1990s when the local authority created the country park.

Continue along the broad path into the forestry. Bear right at a junction to follow the path out of the woods and along the forest edge.

Bear right at the next junction to begin the return journey. Note the distance hills to the left and the lake ahead. At a gate there are a number of routes you could take but here turn right then after a short distance take the path on the left.

This meets the path on which you started walking. Turn left and return to the car park.


Ramblers Cymru and Swansea Ramblers provide these routes but accept no responsibility for those walking them.

If you would like to go on a walk but would prefer to do so with a group of people then click on our Programme section to see what walks we are leading.

We have walks for varying levels of ability and you get the chance to see the countryside in places you might never go by yourself!






Maps of the Walk






Ordnance Survey map of the route to walk
Resizable and draggable
(Can be reset to original dimensions by refreshing the page)
Green Swansea Ramblers logo markers where present can be clicked to provide more information






This aerial map is resizable and draggable
(Can be reset to original dimensions by refreshing the page)

A 25,000 Ordnance Survey map of the area
can be viewed by clicking on the above 'View Larger Map' option
(applies only if the above is a Bing map, not a Google map )



Peoples Collection link

The route of this walk has been added to The National Museum of Wales' Peoples Collection Web site.
A choice of aerial imagery or historic Ordnance Survey mapping is available.
Click the map to enter their web site (opens in a new browser window)
or copy and paste this link into a new browser window.
http://www.peoplescollectionwales.co.uk/Trail/802-llyn-llech-owain-country-park




Photographs of the Walk


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The cafe at the start of the walk


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Follow the path between the cafe and the play area


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The path goes through some woodland


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Bear left at the junction


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The lake and the visitor centre come into view.
You will eventually return to this spot on a path joining here from the right



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The old water pumping tower


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The area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSi)and a Special Area for Conservation (SAC)


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Carmel Transmitter dominates the skyline


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A boardwalk takes you to the visitor centre


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At the centre you can take the higher, dryer path
or the lakeside route which can be wet



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The lakeside path


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The old water pumping tower


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The two options now rejoin.
Follow the path into woodland



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Bear right here


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Follow the path as it curves back towards the lake


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Turn right to start the return journey


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The area is more open now that some trees have been removed


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Go through the gate and turn right. Take the next left after that.


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Path passes close to the lake then rejoins the path you came in on


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The visitor centre




More information about walking in Wales is available at:    www.ramblers.org.uk/wales

Ramblers Cymru and Swansea Ramblers provide this route but accept no responsibility for those walking it

All photographs Copyright 2012 Andrew Morgan. All rights reserved




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