Review : Kayaking at Trawsfynydd Lake Centre

Would you believe it when we arrived at Trawsfynydd Lake Centre it started raining! Come on this really is not on… we had ordered a clear blue sky and sunshine day, but sadly not to be…. how lucky were we to then get such lovely, sunny and bright people to greet us and show us how exciting kayaking could be.

Trawsfynydd Lake Centre


Charlotte and I were kitted out, in the most fetching wetsuits, sorry folks, I am not prepared to show me in a wet suit, but safety comes first as always as we donned out hard hats. (There is a theme for this weekend, hard hats feature a lot…)

Getting lessons from daddy at Trawsfynydd Lake Centre about kayaking


Graham is showing Charlotte how to hold the paddle before we get into the kayaks, wish he had shown me!


Ready to set off, despite the spitting rain, it was not particularly cold and after a lot of going around in circles I managed to keep myself very warm. I never got the hang of keeping the pressure correct on the paddle, hence the circle movement all of the time!!


Charlotte and Graham mastered kayaking really quickly and eventually left me to head back, I had gone a fair distance but was flagging and knew I had to get back, so left them to push themselves further.


Finally made it back, James, my son accompanied me, bless him! Held back by his mum but he didn’t want me to be on my own.


Returned safe and sound after about 1.5 hours of kayaking, aching and in need of a cup of tea and of course a big piece of chocolate cake.

Tea and cake at Trawsfynydd Lake Centre


The Trawsfynydd Lake Centre is fab. Despite my lack of ability the centre staff were extremely friendly, the equipment was in good order and I felt that the staff were knowledgeable with their instruction and above all else wanted you to have fun and enjoy being together as a family.  I loved my kayaking experience and would definitely recommend the centre for a day out with the children and the whole family in fact.

Trawsfynydd Lake Centre

Trawsfynydd Lake Centre is operated by Antur Stiniog, a not-for-profit social enterprise aimed at developing the potential of the Outdoor Sector in the Ffestiniog area in a sustainable and innovative way for the benefit of the local residents and economy. Trawsfynydd Lake Centre is located on the stunning shores of Trawsfynydd lake, a spectacular setting to relax and enjoy a variety of outdoor activities – from kayaking to bushcraft.  They are happy to arrange mountain bike hire which is perfect for the 8.5 mile lake trail or canoe and kayak hire for use on the impressive lake.

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