Super excited to introduce my first guest blogger this month, Sharon Allard from Buxton in Derbyshire shares with us her latest camping trip to Lake Bala in North Wales. Enjoy x

Camping Lake Bala

When the weather is good there is no finer place to camp than Wales, and Snowdonia has some of the most stunning scenery around.  Having recently purchased inflatable kayaks I was looking for a campsite near to accessible water and came across Lake Bala camping

View of Lake Bala camp site

View of Lake Bala camp site

The campsite is right next to the lake with a couple of launch areas direct from the site.  You have to purchase a licence to use the lake, this can be done from the site office if you are camping or from the car park in Bala if you are just visiting.  The only stipulation is that you must have life jackets before they will issue a permit at the site which is understandable, they don’t want any accidents on their patch.

Lake Bala North Wales

Launching shore at Lake Bala

I imagine at weekends and school holidays the site and lake can get very busy but we went Sunday to Friday and it was so peaceful in early July.  The campsite provides everything that you need, clean toilet and shower block (50p for an 8 minute shower), pot washing facilities, drying room and a small supply of essentials from the shop in reception.  The pitches are large and are available with electric hook up if required.   Well behaved dogs are allowed but must be kept on a lead and there are plenty of walking areas close by to explore.

Camp site lake bala

Facilities at the camp site

Tent pitched finally as it was more than a little windy when we arrived, wine opened and BBQ on we were relaxed and looking forward to our few days away.

Tent pitched at Lake Bala

Tent and wind break all set up

Chicken on the camp site

Making friends at the camp site

One very big plus to the campsite for us was that it is on the flight path for the low flying jets that use Snowdonia to practice.  You can be sat eating your breakfast and then suddenly a jet soars over you, a quite spectacular site.  We never tired from watching them.

The Lake

All we needed was the sun to pop out as it was a bit overcast on the Sunday and Monday. Waking up on Tuesday morning to beautiful blue sky and a stillness on the lake was magical.

Lake Bala

The magical Lake Bala

This was our first time with the inflatable kayaks so we were a little bit apprehensive over taking them out on such a large stretch of water.  The first morning we tentatively entered the water not sure what to expect.  My husband thought I would just fall in and give up but they were surprisingly stable once on the water.  They were the Challenger K1 type and I can highly recommend if anyone fancies giving it a go.

Challenger K1 Kayaks

Our inflatable Challenger K1 Kayaks

We launched on to the lake each morning around 9.30am and it was almost like we had the whole lake to ourselves.  Surrounded by mountains we rowed out to the middle of the lake and took in the views all the way round.  You do have to take care if the sun is beating down as you can so easily burn out on the water.  Take precautions such as sun cream, hat, sunglasses and long sleeve t-shirt and you should be okay.  You can also swim in the lake if you fancy a bit of open water swimming.  I am thinking of investing in a wetsuit for our next visit and having a go myself.

Bala Town Centre

We did venture into Bala as we needed to stock up on supplies, you can get everything you need from any emergency camping supplies to a souvenir.  There are plenty of places to eat and drink and we had the nicest fish we have ever eaten at the local fish and chip shop.

Bala town centre

Bala Town Centre with its many quirky shops and places to eat

All in all this was a nice, peaceful 5 day break from all the DIY we had been doing at home, we ate, drank did a bit of kayaking and just relaxed.  It was just a shame that we had to go back home and start again.

Thank you Sharon for sharing your trip, Lake Bala is now on my must visit list.

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