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Lakes and rivers

Swallow Falls

We've got 398 natural lakes. Not counting the 90 we built ourselves.

Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake) in Gwynedd is according to legend, inhabited by a friendly monster known as Teggie. However it's over 4 miles long so there's still lots of room for canoeing, kayaking and wind surfing.

Snowdonia's Lake Vyrnwy has a deep past. The dam that created the lake, completed in 1888, submerged the whole village of Llanwddyn. At times when the water level drops far enough, during dry summers, the ruins of the old village reappear.

We've got loads of waterfalls too. Pistyll Rhaeadr is 73 metres (240 feet) high which is 22 metres (73 feet) higher than Niagra Falls. Another of our waterfalls Sgwd yr Eira, meaning fall of snow, is 50 feet high and is so called because of its torrential foaming white water.

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Sgwd yr Eira Waterfall,  Brecon Beacons
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Mawddach River, Penmaenpool, Snowdonia
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Narrow Gauge Railway, Bala Lake
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Angling on River Dysynni
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Stone arched bridge River Dee, Carrog
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Newport transporter bridge - one of only six operational transporter bridges left world wide from a total of twenty constructed
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Waterbus, Cardiff, Millennium Stadium in background
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Rafting on River Tryweryn
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Llangorse Lake, Brecon Beacons National Park
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Roath Park Lake, Cardiff
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Horse riding River Ogmore
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Waterfall Brecon Beacons
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Cycling in Brynbach Country Park
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Conwy River RSBP nature reserve
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Windsurfing on Bala Lake
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Boats on Lake Vyrnwy
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Waterfall Nant Gwynant Snowdonia
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Llangollen Canal
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Oystercatchers Tywi estuary, Carmarthenshire
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Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Llangollen Canal
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Lake Vyrnwy
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Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Llangollen Canal
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Taf Fechan stream, Brecon Beacons
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Llangollen Canal
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Lake Vyrnwy, Powys
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Carrog and River Dee in snow, Denbighshire
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Llynnau Cregennen, Snowdonia
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Towy (Tywi) River and Valley in snow
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Bala Lake