Llangorse Lake

The beautiful bird hide at Llangorse Lake

Llangorse Lake

You will find the largest natural lake in South Wales between Brecon and Llangorse village.

Brecon Beacons Llangorse Lake


Llangorse Lake was formed during the ice age from glacial action. It has a very distinctive shape and you can clearly see it from the surrounding hills. It has distinct areas to cater for very different uses. These include the activity centre at one end to bird watching on the quieter side, a nature reserve and course fishing.

Historical Site

Over 1,000 years old the Crannog is a man made island. It was constructed form Hazel, Willow and Oak. It was originally believed to have been a, admittedly small, royal palace. There are now trees growing there but the reconstruected building is a local landmark. Set on stilts beside the island is an interpretation centre explaining its significance.

Water Activities

Water sports on the lake are possible from the village side where you can hire or launch your own dinghy, windsurfer, canoe, standup paddleboard, pedalo or rowing boat. There is a small cafe should you get hungry or thirsty.

The lake is a Site of Special Scientific Interest so numbers of people and where they can sail is controlled. This is to help preserve the banks and significant wildlife.

The lake is a popular coarse fishing spot. You can fish for pike, perch, roach, tench, beam and eels. It is all catch and release and only from boats.


One of the main attractions of the lake is the migratory water fowl that can be seen at different times of the year. The old bird hide was continually flooding as the lake has a large rise and fall from the rains. It was decided to hold a competition to design a new hide built high on stilts further over the lake. The winning entry showcases many craft skills like thatch, woven panels and a stained glass window. It is truly a unique and beautiful building to sit and watch the birds.

Many mammals can also be found along the banks though not easy to spot hiding in the reeds. This includes otters and water voles.

Brecon Beacons Bird Hide Llangorse Lake

More details on Llangorse Lake can be found here.

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