Lake Vyrnwy in Wales is about 45 minutes from Pen-y-Dyffryn Hotel, near Oswestry. Lake Vyrnwy is a mature Victorian reservoir in Powys, built in the 1880s to supply Liverpool with fresh water. It flooded the head of the Vyrnwy valley and submerged the village of Llanwddyn.
Marvel at the Victorian engineering in the dam, stop for tea in one of the cafes, then visit the lovely waterfall at the farthest end away from the dam – just park in the designated car park and walk through the fields. There is a lovely drive through the mountains from Vyrnwy over to Lake Bala.
The RSPB Lake Vyrnwy nature reserve with its variety of different habitats is an ideal to visit for birdwatchers. Lying above the beautiful reservoir of Lake Vyrnwy are thousands of hectares of heather moorland, meadow and woodland, crossed by rocky streams and dotted with crags. The RSPB, in partnership with Severn Trent Water, manages part of the reserve as the largest organic farm in England and Wales. You may see great Crested Grebes and Goosanders on the water, Dippers by the streams, and Ravens, Buzzards and even a Peregrine, soaring overhead.