This fine example of a Eutrophic Glacial Lake is found in the hill country of South Wales and whilst the scenery and geology is superb, it is also one of the most important sites for wildlife and fish in the country. Llangorse Lake is the second largest in Wales and is roughly one mile in length with a circumference of 5 miles. Covering an area of 327 acres, it sits between the basins of the Rivers Wye and Usk having been formed by the debris from melting glaciers. The lake is a site of ‘Special Scientific Interest’ and both birdlife and aquatic wildlife can be found in abundance. Even Gerald of Wales, who was born in 1146 at Manorbier Castle – the then home of the Anglo-Norman de Barry family – wrote about the abundance of waterfowl in his topographical works in the 12th Century.
Every large lake or river lays claim to an anglers’ tale about ‘one that got away’ and Llangorse Lake is no different. In 1846, a Pike weighing 68 Pounds (31kg) was reported to have been caught by rod and if true, this would have been the biggest Pike ever to be caught in the world. The largest documented Pike caught in the UK was fished out of the Llandegfedd Reservoir near Pontypool weighing 46 pounds (21 kg). Whatever, the truth is about the 68 Pound Pike, there is no doubt that the lake is populated by big fish because the skull of a very large Pike weighing between 35-40lb was found in 2004 and taken by scientists from the Environment Agency for age testing. Water Sports, Coarse fishing and Bird Watching are all available at the Lake.
The lake attracts many a visitor and holds a diversity of meaning for the people who embrace its beauty, it even lays claim to its very own ‘Lake Monster’ and is said to be the home of a mythical creature, Gorsey the afanc. The 15th century Welsh bard, Lewys Glyn Cothi even wrote a poem about the creature. The Welsh word ‘Afanc’ can be translated as ‘Lake Monster’ or as ‘beaver’.
The lake also features and artificial island known in Wales as a crannog. Research has revealed that this was built sometime during the 8th to 9th Century AD and archaeologists have uncovered a number of small but valuable bronze artefacts. It has been featured in an episode of the popular television series – Time Team. Work has been undertaken to protect this historic monument from erosion.
Camping and Caravanning Club Site
Carmarthenshire, Wales, SA20 0NT
+44 (0)1550 760 257
- Address: (Lake Road), Llangorse, (Brecknockshire), Powys, Wales, UK, LD3 7TR
- GPS: 51.93346389,-3.270397222
- Phone: 0044 (0) 1874 658 226
- Part of UK: Wales
- Sat Nav Postcode: LD3 7TR
- Entrance Fees: Free Access
- Disabled Access: Good
- Visibility from Road: Excellent
- Image Credits: Header Image: David Hughes