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This map shows Llyn Padarn ("Lake Padarn") locatedLocation of Llyn Padarn in  Wales   at the foot of Mount Snowdon in the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales. On one side of the lake is the small town of Llanberis and on the other the Padarn Country Park and the Llanberis Lake Railway.

Llyn Padarn is roughly 2 miles long and linked to the neighbouring Llyn Peris (which forms the lower reservoir of the Dinorwig power station).

Padarn Country Park covers some 800 acres and is an ideal place to sample what the countryside and the local industrial heritage can offer. It contains a fascinating Museum on the slate quarrying industry, two Sites of Special Scientific Interest of national importance, a local nature reserve, pleasant lakeside picnic areas, and a wide range of watersports including fun boats, canoeing, windsurfing and sailing at the Padarn Water Sports Centre.

[ Map of Llyn Padarn Lake location ] Map of Llyn Padarn  location

For anglers the lake boasts excellent Brown Trout fishing from the season’s opening on 20 March, and, during the summer months, sport can be had with Alpine Char, both outstanding in appearance and taste. Salmon and Seatrout can also be caught but the main fishing effort is for Brown Trout and Char. Boats are available for hire.

The Llanberis Lake Railway which runs along the northern bank of the lake starts at Gilfach Ddu station in the Country Park. The trip begins with a ride on the recently opened extension up to Llanberis Village, passing the Welsh Slate Museum and historic Dolbadarn Castle on the way. The complete trip takes around 1 hour.

For those who simply like a pleasant walk the round-the-lake footpath is 5 miles and takes about 2 hours to walk.

The map also shows Llyn Peris, to the South of Llyn Padarn, and Llyn Cwellyn which, although looking close to Llanberis as the crow flies, is in fact on the far side of the mountain range.

All distances refer to the proximity of hotels and accommodation to the town of Llanberis
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Dolbadarn Castle :
Dolbadarn Castle stands sentinel on a rocky crag guarding the Llanberis Pass. Built by Llywelyn ap Iorwerth (Llewelyn the Great) in the early 13th century it stands in a spot of great strategic importance, allowing the garrison stationed there to block movement into the heart of Prince Llywelyn's rich lands on the Isle of Anglesey


Visitor Centre :
Quarry Hospital, Llanberis, Gwynedd, LL55 4TY Tel: 01286 870892
Email: padarncountrypark@gwynedd.gov.uk
The Visitor Centre at Quarry Hospital is open every day during Easter school holidays then from Spring Bank Holiday to mid September and during October half term. Open all other weekends Easter to end October. School groups welcome by appointment all year round. THE PARK GROUNDS ARE OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND


Welsh Slate Museum :
Llanberis, Gwynedd, LL55 4TY, Tel : 01286 870 630

Open Sunday — Friday (closed Saturdays) until 27 March, 10-4pm

Open 10am–5pm daily (Easter–October), 10am–4pm Sunday–Friday (November–Easter)

Not so much a museum as a pocket of history. It is as though the quarrymen and engineers put down their tools and left the courtyard for home just hours before.


Fishing :
Season opens on 20 March,
Brown Trout, Alpine Char, Salmon and Seatrout.
Boats are available for hire.


Llanberis Lake Railway
Tel : 01286 870549

The journey starts at Gilfach Ddu station and the complete trip takes around 1 hour. On a clear day magnificent views across Peris Lake to the Llanberis Pass open up. Llanberis Station is the next stop and from here the train runs non-stop back through the Padarn Country Park and along the shore of Llyn Padarn to the terminus at Penllyn. You may break your journey for a lakeside picnic or to visit the nearby Cwm Derwen Woodland Centre and catch a later train back to Gilfach Ddu.


Directions :

From Betws-Y-Coed. 20.6 miles
Continue on the A5 to Capel Curig. At Capel Curig turn right onto the A4086 (signposted Caernarfon). Turn right at the "Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel" onto the A4086 (signposted Caernarfon). Continue forward onto the A4086. Entering Nant Peris A4086 Bear right onto the A4086. Entering Llanberis .

From Caernarfon. 7.6 miles
Continue on the A4086. Entering Pontrug. Continue forward onto Llanberis Road. Entering Pont Rhythallt . Continue forward  entering Cwym-Y-Glo. Continue forward onto the A4086. Entering Llanberis


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