A small town in the ‘lake district’ of southern Snowdonia that’s a big outdoor centre, famous internationally for events like white-water canoeing, swimming, cycling and triathlons. But you don’t need to be an ironman to appreciate Bala. Its outdoors scene has a broad appeal, with a good choice of gentle as well as adventurous activities. Much of the action is centred on 4½-mile-long Llyn Tegid. Nearby River Tryweryn is another major aquatic asset, providing reliable white water, even during the summer when many rivers are low.
Bala is a great town for walkers. Paths include heritage and town trails and a walk around the lake (you can also ride along its southern shore on the narrow-gauge Bala Lake Railway). There’s great cycling too, with waymarked bike routes. Bala is steeped in Welsh culture and history – the Mary Jones World at nearby Llanycil tells the inspirational story of 15-year-old Mary Jones who walked 26 miles across the mountains to Bala in 1800 to collect a Welsh Bible from the religious leader Rev Thomas Charles. Such links continue: the activity centre for the Urdd Welsh League of Youth is located at nearby Glan-llyn (where family groups can also stay).
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