Of all the places I’ve explored in Wales, there is one in particular I revisit time and time again. The Cregennan Lakes are a pair of adjacent lakes snuggled in hills between the seaside resort of Barmouth and the market town of Dolgellau. It is here I come to clear my mind and disconnect.
The steep winding road that takes you up to the lakes is your first taste of the beauty to come. Flanked by stone cottages, ancient woodland and crumbling stone walls, every inch you drive forward feels like a step back in time.
No sooner do you pass through two iron gates at the end of the road than the full extent of the stunning landscape reveals itself to you. Green fields doused in light and shadow, craggy hills that once were towering mountains, and carpets of purple heather come together to produce a real-life painting in which you, the visitor, are the subject for a day. In this area, sheep roam as freely on the roads as they do in the surrounding fields, and you cannot help but envy them for living in such an idyllic location.
The lakes themselves are at the heart of this landscape, two sparkling jewels whose tranquillity have the power put even the most weary heart at ease. Here you can hike numerous trails, take photographs, and even fish. Although they are beautiful at any time of the day, the best time to visit is when the sky is filled with cotton-ball clouds. The mix of sun and cloud allows the light to filter through and play on the hillside, just as it did on the day I took this photograph.
It is a comfort to know that there are still many parts of the UK that remain untouched by the ravages of industrialisation. We can only hope it will stay this way for future generations to enjoy. You can see a 360 degree view of the Cregennan Lakes here.
Tips for visiting the Cregennan Lakes:
- wear good waterproof hiking books as the ground is often rocky and waterlogged.
- pack food and a water bottle (it is easy to end up hiking for hours!)
- wear long trousers to deter insects from biting you.
Destinations are supplied for information only and the information is used at your own risk. Always take proper precautions when out in the Mountains and make sure you are equipped for all weathers. It is wise to let someone know your route before you head out. Do you have a favourite photographic location, why not submit your own adventure.
About Heather Broster
Heather Broster runs the website MirrorLessons with her partner in crime, Mathieu Gasquet. Together, they review mirrorless cameras and related gear, and indulge their shared passion for photography along the way.