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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.

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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.

Llandegfedd Lake

Coed y Paen, Pontypool, Monmouthshire, South Wales, NP4 0SY

Set among the beautiful rolling landscape of the Usk Valley just 20 miles from Cardiff, Llandegfedd Lake is the perfect place to enjoy water sports, fishing, walking, wildlife watching and picnicking. A truly dog-friendly visitor attraction where four legged friends are welcome to enjoy the stunning views from the restaurant balcony or rest and ‘paws’ for thought inside the new Grab & Go café.

Llys-y-Frân Lake

Clarbeston Road, Pembrokeshire, West Wales SA63 4RR

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. 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.

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