Bala

With its stunning scenery, unrivalled setting and its natural arena, Bala is the perfect location for an Outdoor Festival and an inspiring starting point for any adventurer!

Bala is an historic market town in the Snowdonia National Park, Wales.  It is surrounded by the mountainous, rural region of Penllyn which has a strong and vibrant Welsh identity and culture. 

The area offers dramatic scenery with mountains touching 3,000 ft high, deep valleys, fast flowing streams and rivers, waterfalls, forests and many lakes and reservoirs.

Penllyn’s main mountain ranges - Aran, Arenig and Berwyn – rival those of other parts of Snowdonia but are not as crowded, enabling you to enjoy an arguably wilder and more serene experience. Hundreds of miles of footpaths and bridleways give access to remote and spectacular places.

The area is alive with rivers, tumbling off the mountains to create great bodies of water.  The Tryweryn and Dee flow either side of Bala, creating Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake) – Wales’ largest natural lake. Whether it’s sailing, canoeing, wild swimming or trout fishing you’ll find a place here. 

For cyclists there are many epic rides to be had over high mountain passes, including Bwlch y Groes (1,800ft/545m). As well as the great, natural, mountain biking straight out of the door, you are within easy reach of some of the world’s best mountain bike trail centres and downhill courses – all of which can be ridden year round.

In 2017, Lonely Planet named North Wales as one of the world’s best regions to visit. Bala & Penllyn is a perfect location from which to explore its many attractions, including beaches, nature reserves, bird sanctuaries, gardens, castles, mines, museums, visitor centres, heritage railways and so much more.

You will hear Welsh widely spoken in and around Penllyn. For most local people it is our first language and the area has been and remains a stronghold for the Welsh language. It is important to remember that people were speaking Welsh here thousands of years before you even thought of entering the pub!

Whether it’s adrenaline or serenity, diving into a lake or summiting a peak there is something for everyone here and you will find a friendly welcome.  Even people who have lived here all their lives’ still stop and wonder at the beauty of the landscape.  We hope you will come and experience it for yourself.

Start planning your adventure today with help from the Visit Bala website packed with everything you need to know about Bala!

Bala Lake, Llyn Tegid © Crown copyright 2016 (Visit Wales)
Walkers near summit Snowdon  © Crown copyright 2016 (Visit Wales)
River canoeing © Crown copyright 2016 (Visit Wales)
Ogwen Valley © Crown copyright 2016 (Visit Wales)
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