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Llyn Dinas


OS Grid Ref:- SH 6149

Situated north of Beddgelert in the Nant Gwynant Pass, Llyn Dinas a mountain lake offering some excellent walks in panoramic scenery and has a car park nearby. It is a fairly shallow lake, covering an area of 60 acres.

Llyn Dinas

Llyn DinasLlyn Dinas

The lake derives its name from the nearby hillfort of Dinas Emrys, the remains of medieval and Dark Age fortifications. The fort provided shelter for the British king Vortigern, who escaped into Wales from the invading Anglo-Saxons. After the demise of Vortigern, the fort became the property of Aurelius Ambrosius, known as Emrys Wledig or the Emperor, from which the present name of the fort derives

Legend states the lake to have been the site of a battle between Owein, one of Arthur's greatest warriors, and a giant. According to legend, Vortigern is said to have hidden the throne of Britain beneath a great stone by Llyn Dinas.

A scene for the film 'Inn of the Sixth Happiness' was shot at Llyn Dinas. It featured Ingrid Bergman, who played the role of missionary Gladys Aylward, she crossed the lake on a raft with children whilst escaping from the pursuing Japanese.


A walk to Llyn Dinas from Beddgelert



Nant Gwynant Pass

Beddgelert

Mount Snowdon