Mini guide to Bala
Located in the Penllyn region of Wales, Bala is a small, yet fascinating market
town steeped in history and heritage. Around 1310 Roger de Mortimer founded the
town under the Royal Charter as a means of taming the rebellious population of
the Penllyn district. Nowadays, it's famous for its water sports and fishing,
which are conducted on Llyn Tegid, or Lake Bala as it is commonly known.
Regardless of whether sports are your thing, Llyn Tegid is well worth a visit.
As well as being a place of great natural beauty, it is the largest natural
lake in Wales and home to a unique fish called the gwyniad, a breed of land-locked
herring. The lake and the town sit beneath three 900-metre peaks and offer some
stunning panoramic views.
A historical town walk through Bala gives visitors a chance to appreciate its
richness in typical Welsh charm. Independently you can tinker about and immerse
yourself in the culture of a town where Welsh is the first language for about
80 per cent of its inhabitants. For those wanting something a little more exciting,
there's hill walking, cycling and pony trekking on offer.
The town's focal point for leisure and eating out is a single road with a choice
of 22 eateries and town shops. Emphasis is very much on the traditional Welsh
in both retail and dining establishments.
Chirk Castle is only a short distance away by car and well worth making a trip
out of Bala to see. This magnificent building was built during the reign of
Edward I and inside is an interestingly eclectic mix of old and new, with each
wing having been established for different purposes in different ages.
By road, Bala is just one hour from Chester on the A494. There are connections
from London and other major destinations at Wrexham, Chester or Crewe railway
stations, while the nearest international airport is in Manchester.
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