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This map shows Llangorse Lake in the North of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Situated between the town of Brecon to the West and the Black Mountains to the East the lake is a popular holiday destination. Llangorse is the largest natural lake in South Wales, measuring approximately one mile long by half a mile wide. and with a circumference of some 5 miles it covers an area of 327 acres. The lake is a Sight of Special Scientific Interest and has long been regarded as a centre for wildlife. Indeed Gerald of Wales in the 12th century AD mentioned the abundance of waterfoul in Llangorse Lake.
Today the lake is used for a variety of watersports, such as fishing, sailing, water-skiing and windsurfing, ........ some of which could be said to conflict with the lakes reputation as a haven for wildlife,
Its popularity with anglers is in no doubt however (the largest pike caught by rod in the UK was caught in Llangorse Lake in 1846 and weighed over 68lbs) but Llangorse is best fished after October when the watersports enthusiasts have mostly left for the season.
The lake is purely a coarse fishery offering bream, roach, perch, pike and some unusually large eels. You can fish all year round for the eels, but all fish caught must be returned. Bank fishing is not allowed but hire boats are nearly always available from the Lakeside Caravan Park on the North shore. Although the lake is a popular holiday destination, the facilities are unobtrusive and do not detract from the beauty of this lush green valley and the size of the lake means that it is usually very easy to find some peace and quiet away from other recreational users.
But the popularity of the lake is not a new thing as the lake is believed to have attracted settlers from ancient Celtic times onwards and indeed is the subject of many legends, such as the belief that a town lies under the waters. Llangorse Lake also has the only known crannog (artificial Island) in Wales. This is a defensive settlement built on layers of stone, earth and brushwood held in place by oaken palisades (usually found in Scotland and Ireland) that dates back to the 9th Century A.D. It is believed to be one of the residences of the king of the Welsh kingdom of Brycheiniog, and was destroyed in a Saxon attack of A.D. 916.
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Attractions and facilities near Llangorse Lake :
Facilities / Visitor Centre :
Toilets, Boats for Hire. Restaurant. Shop. Car Parking
Expect to Catch : Pike. Roach, Perch. Bream. Eels.
Boat hire prices as per 2006 : £12 per boat per day plus £4 each angler. Contact : Lakeside Caravan Park. Tel : 01874 658226.
Nearest Tackle Shop : Lakeside Shop.
Disabled Access : Good
From Brecon take the A40 South to Bwlch turn left onto the B4560 and a few miles will bring you to Llangorse Village. The lake is signposted to the left as you are leaving the village.
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