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Llyn Elsi, Betws-y-Coed

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Llyn Elsi is a lake located above the village of Betws-y-coed in the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales. It is a reservoir providing water for the village.

There is a path round the lake, and affords good views to the north-west towards the mountain ranges of the Carneddau and the Glyderau. Snowdon itself is not visible behind Moel Siabod. The lake is more than 700 ft above sea level, and has a small island.

The 20 ft dam was built in 1914, but even so the lake only has a maximum depth of approximately 9 metres. Prior to this the lake was two smaller lakes, called Llyn Rhisgog and Llyn Enoc. A memorial at the northern end of the lake commemorates the fact that Lord Ancaster permitted the building of the dam and the use of the lake as a water supply.
In 1946 black-headed gulls established a colony at the lake, causing concern over pollution to the water supply.
The lake is kept stocked with various type of trout by the local angling club.
Llyn Elsi can be reached on foot by various paths, one starting behind St. Mary's church in the village.
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  • A beautiful walk for anyone who can manage it. The initial slope is tough if you aren’t fit and used to hiking, but can be managed if you take your time. The walk around the lake has some ups and... 
    A beautiful walk for anyone who can manage it. The initial slope is tough if you aren’t fit and used to hiking, but can be managed if you take your time. The walk around the lake has some ups and...  more »
  • Sadly this, like so many other places, is becoming over-run with visitors. Beautiful peaceful lake where i would visit often for tranquillity and calm, now a days it can be quite busy 
    Sadly this, like so many other places, is becoming over-run with visitors. Beautiful peaceful lake where i would visit often for tranquillity and calm, now a days it can be quite busy  more »
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  • Had a great walk upto the lake,it was quite steep for the 1st 980meters and then it flattens out at the top.
  • If you're after some piece and quiet away from the crowds a summers day can bring to snowdonia then look no further. Llyn Elsi is a beautiful lake above the town of Bets y Coed. Its a short but very steep walk up to the top. A path runs around the lake with plenty of spots to stop for a picnic and take in the views of snowdonia. If you love quiet spots with amazing views then please visit Llyn Elsi.

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