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Health, Wellbeing and Recreation

A growing number of other Welsh Water Adventures can be found across Wales.

Owned and cared for by Welsh Water our Visitor Attractions are here for you to enjoy. They are hubs for health, wellbeing and recreation, reconnecting you to the outdoors and water. They can be found in some of the most stunning locations and they’re free to enter and open all year round.

Choose your next Welsh Water Adventure.

What To Do In Wales – Visitor Attractions

Welsh Water operates 91 reservoirs varying in size from 2 to 1,026 acres. These include a national portfolio of Visitor Attractions known as ‘Welsh Water Adventures’. They are hubs for health, wellbeing and recreation. They reconnect people with water and the environment, whilst maintaining, protecting and enhancing the ecological value of each site.

Welsh Water is the sixth largest of the ten regulated water and sewerage companies in England and Wales.  It is a ‘not-for-profit company’ and does not have shareholders. Any financial surpluses are reinvested in the business for the benefit of customers.

Elan Valley

Rhayader, Powys, Mid Wales, LD6 5HP

Part of the rugged Cambrian Mountains, the Elan Valley sprawls across 72 square miles of outstanding scenic beauty. The unspoilt landscapes, home to thriving plant and wildlife are made even more compelling by the Victorian dams, reservoirs and welcoming Visitor Centre. An International Dark Sky Park, Elan Valley’s natural beauty shines bright day and night.

Llys-y-Frân Lake

Clarbeston Road, Pembrokeshire, West Wales SA63 4RR

The brand-new jewel in Pembrokeshire’s crown reopened in Summer 2021. Following a £5m redevelopment at Llys-y-Frân, which sits on the foothills of the Preseli Mountains in Pembrokeshire was backed with £1.7 million of European Regional Development Funds through the Welsh Government. Llys-y-Frân Lake offers visitors over 350 acres to explore either by foot with their four-legged friends, on two wheels or by water. It is open all year round and is free to enter. The site offers a refurbished visitor centre and café, a brand-new outdoor activity centre, cycle trails that weave in and out of woodlands and a new tarmac pump skills track. Shower, changing facilities and meeting room options with spectacular views are also available on site.

Llyn Brenig

Cerrigydrudion, Conwy, Wales, LL21 9TT

A truly special forested site with trout fishery, cycle hire, adventure playground, visitor centre and café with views for days from the balcony. Llyn Brenig is also home to rare nesting ospreys that can be seen from April to the end of August. With 23km of shoreline stretching around one of the largest areas of inland water in Wales it is recognised as one of the best top-of-the-water fisheries in the UK.

Lisvane and Llanishen Reservoirs

Lisvane Road, Lisvane, Cardiff, CF14 0BB

Welsh Water has worked closely with partners and the local community to create a hub for health and well-being whilst protecting the site’s biodiversity. Lisvane and Llanishen Reservoirs is a natural resource of significant ecological value and encompasses two Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for waxcap fungi and overwintering birds. Open-water swimming sessions are part of the watersports programme on Llanishen Reservoir which also includes sailing, canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. Our brand new two-storey visitor centre offers spectacular views across the reservoirs and an exceptional dining experience in our cafe.

Other Welsh Water Partnerships

We work in partnership with various communities and organisations including Natural Resources Wales and Welsh Government to create hubs for recreation, health and wellbeing. Contributing to the Well-being of Future Generations Act and a ‘green recovery’ in Wales.

Swiss Valley Reservoir

Llanelli, Carmarthenshire. West Wales SA14 8BT

Swiss Valley Reservoirs, also known as Cwm Lliedi are located just outside Llanelli in Carmarthenshire are a popular beauty spot. Llanelli Rural Council has recently adopted the site as part of an innovative community adoption.

Lliw Reservoirs

Near Felindre, Swansea, South Wales SA5 7NH

Lliw Reservoirs is a site of outstanding natural beauty and part of the Valley’s Regional Park, one of the special character landscape areas that define Wales. There is a café, small shop and toilets on site.

Llyn Alaw

Llantrisant, Holyhead. North Wales LL65 4TW

Llyn Alaw is the largest fresh-water body on Anglesey. It has considerable ornithological interest and is a SSSI for overwintering wildfowl, teal, shoveler and whooper swans.

Waterworks Museum Hereford

Broomy Hill, Hereford, Herefordshire, HR4 0LJ

The UK’s widest range of working pumps and engines from across Herefordshire, neighbouring counties and Wales, most of which are the last working examples of their type.

Llyn Brianne

Near Llandovery, Mid Wales, SA20 0PG

Llyn Brianne is one nine Milky Way Class Dark Sky Discovery Sites in the Cambrian Mountains with some of the darkest night skies in Europe.