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Llyn (Lake) Alaw on the Island of Anglesey, North Wales
This man-made lake was completed in 1966 and covers an area of approximately 315 hectares. It is 4.8 kilometres long, and yet is only 5.2 metres at its deepest.
It produces 35 million litres of water each and every day, which is fed to underground reservoirs and gravity fed to consumers on Anglesey.
The `Alaw` is a multi-type leisure venue, ideal for a picnic, fishing, walking, birdwatching, and wildlife. It is also the starting point for one of the four main cycle trails on Anglesey, fully signed with the brown signposts displaying a cycle and the word NICO (Goldfinch). The cycle routes follow mainly country roads, which just occasionally cross an A or a B road. There are also shortcuts on all of the four tours.
As a result of professional habitat management, Llyn Alaw is an award-winning conservation site. It is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to its large numbers of wildfowl and common terns which have set their nests on one of the islands of the lake. Bird boxes have been erected to house many species, like owls, bats, and tits. In the spring and summer months, Warblers can be found feeding on the many insects and nesting in the scrub. Flocks of Linnets and other finches can be seen feeding on the grass and flower seeds.
With its many picnic and seating areas, Llyn Alaw is a day out regardless of your specific interests. Don`t forget to bring a picnic.
Whilst at Llyn Alaw I noticed this ruin which certainly doesn’t look contemporary and I present the photos here for your opinion. It has a large stone on each side of the entrance and is in an enclosure, indicative – in my opinion – of being of some age.
Problem solved by Miss Seirian Daves, who writes:-
I know it’s overgrown but it’s actually supposed to be a map of Wales. I know this because it was my father, Paul Davies – a local artist, who made it! It’s a little over 20 years old and made out of mud, stone and now lots of weeds and grass! as far as I can remember (I was very young at the time) it was created by him and some art students from the college in Bangor. There is a plaque just towards the front of the map, but that’s probably overgrown too. We are trying to get it cleaned up, hopefully within the next few months, but as you can imagine it’s quite a big job.
Webmaster’s note: thanks for that Seirian, looking at the photographs again it now looks like a map of Wales – well worth preservation in my opinion.