Padarn Country Park

Covid 19:

The car park has now re-opened, and Padarn Lake is now open for water sports activities.  

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An 800 acre park with some of the most spectacular scenery in North Wales of Padarn lake, Dolbadarn Castle and beyond to Snowdon.

 

Location

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Quarry Hospital
Llanberis
Caernarfon
Gwynedd
LL55 4TY  

Phone: (01286) 870892 

 

Opening hours 

This park is open daily all year round.

 

 

 

 

Attractions

  • Quarry Hospital - a museum housing the restored ward, operating theatre and various gruesome 19th Century hospital equipment.
  • Llanberis Lake Railway
  • National Slate Museum
  • Ropes and Ladders - adventure course for adults and children
  • Padarn Watersport Centre 
  • Vivian Diving Centre
  • Padarn Boats
  • Walking trails (8km route around the lake and other smaller trails)
  • Local Nature Reserve and Special Site of Scientific Interest – Coed Dinorwig
  • Llyn Padarn – famous site for the Arctic Char – salvelinus alpinus
  • Lon Las Peris – family cycling track
  • Listed Ancient Monument – Vivien Quarry
  • Launching and landing pontoon for canoes, rowing and sailing boats 

Shops / workshops

  • Padarn Pottery
  • Fframia
  • Odyn copr
  • Crefft Elidir - a wide selection of hand painted slate gifts and souvenirs 

Parking

Water safety guidelines

Swimming

  • Check the depth and the water bed by walking in carefully. Areas of the lake bed can fall away sharply.
  • Enter the water slowly to get used to it.
  • Don't jump or dive in, you don’t know how deep it is and the lake bed consists of sharp slate. You could also get shocked by the cold.
  • Pick a swim route along the shoreline for a quick escape
  • Be Seen! Wear a bright swim cap and tow a bright float. Boaters may not be able to see swimmers!
  • Wear a wetsuit to keep you warmer and more buoyant.
  • Never swim alone. Have support - a canoe, kayak or paddleboard work well ideally displaying a white and blue Alpha flag, warning of divers or swimmers in the water
  • The Lake can be cold, even on a hot summers day. Exposure to cold water can rapidly lead to hypothermia, and the early symptoms like struggling to move your hands, can quickly make swimming more difficult than normal.
  • Don't stay in too long.
  • Have lots of layers, a hat, and a warm drink ready for when you get out of the water, even in summer.
  • Only swim when weather conditions are suitable - remember they can change quickly

 

Rowing boats, canoes, kayaks and paddleboards:

  • Wear a CE approved life jacket or buoyancy aid.
  • Wear your life jacket when you’re near or on the water
  • Canoe, kayak and paddleboard with someone else and stay close to the shore
  • Wind can change direction suddenly and get stronger quickly. It could cause you to drift to the opposite end of the lake
  • Look out for open water swimmers. They can be hard to spot. Watch out for blue and white flags
  • Keep as far away from swimmers and their support boats as possible
  • No powered boats permitted on the lake

 

Help Llyn Padarn's wildlife

Llyn Padarn is a Site Of Special Scientific Interest.

Invasive non-native species of wildlife can hitchhike here on your equipment, footwear, swimwear clothing and craft. You may inadvertently spread these aliens, even if you just go for a paddle.

 

Every time you leave the lake you should: CHECK – CLEAN – DRY

  • CHECK your equipment and clothing for living organisms. Pay particular attention to damp or hard to inspect areas.
  • CLEAN and wash all equipment, footwear, swimwear and clothes thoroughly. If you do come across any organisms, leave them at the water body where you found them or on a hard surface to die out.
  • DRY all your equipment and clothing. Some species can live for many days in damp conditions. 

 

Group activities on Llyn Padarn

Group activity organisers require a permit to undertake activities on and around Llyn Padarn and its environs. Commercial operators are required to pay a fee. For more information contact parcgwledigpadarn@gwynedd.gov.uk

 

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Water Quality – Llyn Padarn is tested on a regular basis by Natural Resources Wales. 

In an emergency contact 999.

Fishing on the lake

Fishing on Llyn Padarn requires two things to be in place:

  • You need a valid rod licence if you are aged 13 or over.
    You must always carry your rod licence when you’re fishing or you could be prosecuted and fined up to £2,500.
    Details on how to obtain a license by Natural Resources Wales.
  • You will need the permission from the holders of the Lake fishing rights which are Seiont, Gwyrfai and Llyfni Fishing Society by purchasing a ticket or membership. More information.

 

 

Contact us

Phone: (01286) 870892

E-mailparcgwledigpadarn@gwynedd.llyw.cymru

Website: Visit Snowdonia