Llyn Elsi, Betws-y-Coed

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Llyn Elsi is a lake located above the village of Betws-y-coed in the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales. It is a reservoir providing water for the village.
There is a path round the lake, and at a height of over 700 ft it affords good views to the north-west towards the mountain ranges of the Carneddau and the Glyderau. Snowdon itself is not visible behind the mass of Moel Siabod.
The 20 ft dam was built in 1914, but even so the lake only has a maximum depth of some 31 ft. Prior to this the lake was in fact two smaller lakes, called Llyn Rhisgog and Llyn Enoc. The lake has a small island.
A memorial at the northern end of the lake commemorates the fact that Lord Ancaster permitted the building of the dam and the use of the lake as a water supply.
The lake is kept stocked with various type of trout by the local angling club.
The lake can be reached on foot by various paths, the most direct being that which starts behind St. Mary's church in the village.
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  • This is a great place to run with lots of different trails to run or walk and some great scenery too.  more »
  • I have strolled up to this popular spot many times over the years. I am now compelled to write a review partly in response to some others I see published here. Firstly, the path is well waymarked alth...  more »
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  • A steep start to the walk from Betws y Coed up to Llyn Elsi. It’s then a fairly easy walk around the lake with some good views across to the mountains of Snowdonia.
  • Never before have I encountered a more secluded and challenging lake to visit by car than Llyn Elsi. We first began our journey on foot - a 1.3 mile journey that should have taken approximately 41 minutes. However part way into the journey, up what felt like an almost vertical incline, we realised that we were out of our depth and turned back to make the journey by car instead. Looking on Google Maps, the journey seemed pretty straight forward. Little did we know that we would be met with private roads, dead ends, and a road path seemingly taken from an advanced off-road course. In all seriousness, had we been driving anything less capable than an SUV/MPV, we would have most certainly struggled to complete the trip to the summit. I’m a little disappointed to say, that reaching the top was quite anti-climatic considering the effort made. Seeing past the dull, dreary weather that we had been cursed with, still we couldn’t fathom what all of the fuss was about. On the plus side, for those that prefer solitary locations, somewhere to think, or not even think at all, Llyn Elsi is the epitome of that. There wasn’t a soul in sight. We had the whole lake to ourselves. If being somewhere on your own is your preference (and you’re prepared for the journey), then Llyn Elsi is the place for you. If you desire something more than this, then sadly I would suggest that you may want to consider another location.
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