GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Bala Lake

7 miles (12 km)

Bala Lake (or Llyn Tegid) is the largest natural lake in Wales. The area on the south side of the lake is wonderful for walkers. Footpaths climb into the hills and forests for fabulous views of the lake below.
The walk begins in Bala, at the visitor centre on the foreshore of the lake. You then follow footpaths along the lakeside before ascending to Craigy-Allor. From here the views over the lake and surrounding mountains are splendid. The route then descends through forest and countryside to Llanuwchllynstation. From here you can catch the Bala Lake railway back to Bala. The narrow gauge steam train runs along the southern end of the lake. It's a lovely journey with fine views of the lake and Arenig Fawr, Aran Benllyn and Aran Fawddw mountains.
To continue your walking in the area you could climb Aran Fawddwy.
The walk starts from the village of Llanuwchllynnear the southern end of the lake.
You could also head to the nearby Llyn Celyn where there's more lovely scenery and walks to try.


LL23 7SR - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Bala Lake OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Bala Lake Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


There's an on site cafe next to the sailing club where you can enjoy refreshments after your walk.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

For more walking ideas in the area see the Snowdonia Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Bala end of Bala Lake - - 799862

Bala end of Bala Lake

Bala Lake Railway - - 136154

Bala Lake Railway. Llanuwchllyn Station

Bala Lake - - 611122

From near the Leisure Centre looking over to the Aran Mountains, capped in snow.

Picnic Area on the Shore of Bala Lake - - 10495

Picnic Area on the Shore of the lake.


GPS Files

GPX File

Bala Lake.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Share>Save to Files')

Memory Map Route

Bala Lake.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)