The Lake Vyrnwy area, Montgomeryshire. Location map
 
  Lake Vyrnwy, Montgomeryshire, Wales   Lake Vyrnwy, Montgomeryshire

This is the view we had of Lake Vyrnwy from our room at the Lake Vyrnwy Hotel. Lake Vyrnwy is a reservoir in Montgomeryshire, Wales, built in the 1880s to supply Liverpool with fresh water. It flooded the head of the Vyrnwy valley and submerged the village of Llanwddyn.

There is still a small village called Llanwddyn just beyond the dam but I don't know if that was part of the original village.

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  View of the Lake Vyrnwy Dam, Montgomeryshire, Wales   Lake Vyrnwy, Montgomeryshire.

Construction of the dam, using great blocks of Welsh slate, started in 1881 and was completed in 1888.

The Vyrnwy dam is 146 feet high from the bottom of the valley and 120 feet thick at the base; it is 1,165 ft long and has a road running along the top.

 

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  View of Pistyll Rhyd-y-meinciau (waterfall), Lake Vyrnwy, Montgomeryshire, Wales   Lake Vyrnwy, Montgomeryshire.

Pistyll Rhyd-y-meinciau is a little way up the valley of the Afon Eiddew which is one of the rivers feeding Lake Vyrnwy. When this is in flood you won't be able to see any of the rock as the waterfall is one very large cascade from top to bottom.

 

 

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  View of mountain road, Lake Vyrnwy, Montgomeryshire, Wales   Lake Vyrnwy, Montgomeryshire.

This is a narrow mountain road which starts by Lake Vyrnwy near Pont Eunant and climbs through the Eunant valley to join the road which goes over Bwlch y Groes (Pass of the Cross) otherwise known as Hellfire Pass. It has an altitude of 1,788 feet and is the second highest road pass in Wales.

 

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  The Llanwddyn Hospitium, Lake Vyrnwy, Montgomeryshire, Wales   Lake Vyrnwy, Montgomeryshire.

The Llanwddyn Hospitium was built by the Knights Hospitallers around the 14th century. This picture does not show the remains but does show the type of country we walked through to get to the site. One can park at the edge of Lake Vyrnwy and walk up from there.

 

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