Wales Walking: Cregennen Lakes Thursday August 8, 2013

I discovered the Cregennen Lakes by accident, driving from Dolgellau to Barmouth. It made quite an impact. I’d never seen an area quite like it, in Wales or anywhere else. Parts of the rock are so singularly sculpted, I thought for a moment it was mining work such as you find – in very ugly form – at Blaenau Ffestiniog.

The lakes, two or three of them, sit and splash gently below the strange craggy forms on one side and Cader Idris on the other, rising steeply then sloping down to distant valleys. The effect is other worldly, odd, captivating. I took photographs of lakeside trees and made this video.

I’ll wild camp here some time. Combined with a walk up Cader Idris, it will be a fine trip. The light, too, served some purpose on this day for the photographs I took but brightness will transform the place into something more photogenic.