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About a 20 minute drive from the house is the stunning Lake Vyrnwy.  There are plenty of things to see and do around the lake.

In 1881 the Corporation of Liverpool began work on a huge dam to create a new fresh water supply for the city of Liverpool.  The project involved relocating the old village of Llanwddyn and rebuilding it further down the valley.  The lake took two years to fill and the water first flowed to Liverpool in 1891. An official ceremony in 1910 conducted by HRH the Prince of Wales marked the completion of the works.  Before the valley at Vyrnwy was flooded a large stone called "careg yr yspryd" (the ghost stone) had to be removed.  This was of some concern to the villagers since the local legendary hero Dic Spot, was supposed to have trapped a mischievous goblin, called Yspryd Cynon (Cynons Ghost) in the quill of a pen and placed this under the stone for safety. When the stone was dynamited a large toad was said to have emerged.  The water is now carried from the reservoir over 70 miles to Liverpool.

The drive around the lake itself is beautiful and well worth doing.  The dam is spectacular particularly after a heavy rainfall when you can see huge chutes of water cascading down the lower part.  

If you cross the dam and turn immediately left you will find a visitors centre with photographs of the old village and the dam as it was being built.  There is also an RSPB centre and an observation point for watching birds.  There are a few small shops and two cafes and an outdoor sculpture park. Click here for the RSPB find your way around Lake Vyrnwy and Falls flyer

If you drive around the lake on the right hand side you will pass Lake Vyrnwy Hotel on your right.  This has a pub with a terrace boasting wonderful views over the lake and is a reasonable place to have lunch.  The hotel also has a much pricier restaurant.

If you drive right round the lake to the end you will find a car park where you can leave the car and take the 25 minute walk across the fields to the waterfall.  This is well worth doing.  Wear appropriate footwear and take a picnic!

You can hire boats and bicycles.

http://www.lake-vyrnwy.com/

http://www.oldbarncafe.com/Pages/Cyclehire.aspx

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