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Llangorse Lake

By achieverswales
Thank you all for your great comments and votes yesterday, today some captures of Llangorse Lake in the Brecon Beacons taken last Saturday while out with Geoff Baker, below some info on the lake.

Llangorse Lake (Welsh: Llyn Syfaddon, variant: Llyn Syfaddan) is the largest natural lake in South Wales, and is situated in the Brecon Beacons National Park, near to the town of Brecon and the village of Llangorse.

The lake is famous for its coarse fishing (particularly pike), watersports, the afanc (nicknamed 'Gorsey') and the only example of a crannog in Wales. Llangorse lake is also one of the most mentioned sites in Welsh folklore. It is a site of international conservation importance.

Due to Llangorse Lake's long history of human activity it has been known by several different names during its history both in the Welsh language and in English, other names include the lake's original Welsh name, Llyn Syfaddon/Syfaddan, and Brycheiniog Mere, (the English name Llangorse Lake is comparatively recent).

Llangorse Lake is a eutrophic glacial lake with a 5 miles (8.0 km) circumference covering an area of 327 acres (1.32 km2). The lake is 1-mile (1.6 km) long and 505 feet (154 m) above sea level. The lake is sited between the basins of the River Wye to the north and the River Usk to the south and was formed by debris deposited by melting glaciers trapping water on a plateau over time. The Afon Llynfi provides the main input of water into the lake and continues as the lake overflow stream.
Llangorse Lake viewed from Llangorse Mountain

The lake is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and has long been regarded as a place where fish and birds are found in unusually high numbers. Gerald of Wales (Giraldus Cambrensis) mentioned the abundance of waterfowl in his topographical work, The Description of Wales² in the 12th century A.D.. It is a Special Area of Conservation (under the EU Habitats Directive) as an example of a natural nutrient-rich lake with pondweeds.

The supposed largest pike caught by rod in the UK was caught in Llangorse Lake in 1846 by O. Owen and weighed 68 pounds (31 kg). The weight of this particular fish is unsubstantiated, however. If true this would have been the largest pike in the world so seems somewhat doubtful. The largest pike in the UK was actually caught from Llandegfedd Reservoir near Pontypool and weighed 46 pounds (21 kg). More recently the skull of a pike of unknown weight, though undoubtedly large (35–40+ lb), was found on the shores of the lake in 2004, this was taken away by the Environment Agency for Age Testing.

The Llangasty Nature Reserve forms an important protected area around the lake's boundary.

The lake is a habitat for the Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ishnura pumilio).

In May 2011 hundreds of water voles were released near Llangorse Lake in an ongoing programme to try to restore population numbers.

The crannóg is a small artificial island about 40 metres from the north shore. It is constructed of massive planks of oak behind which was built a dwelling platform formed from layers of stone, soil and brushwood. It was investigated by archaeologists from the National Museum of Wales between 1989 and 1993. Finds included a high quality textile and a bronze hinge from an 8th–9th century reliquary decorated in a style similar to that seen in Ireland. The 1993 dig was joined by the TV series Time Team and featured in series one, episode four in 1994. In 2005, works were carried out to protect the island from erosion.

In 1925, archaeologists discovered a virtually complete dugout boat. Radiocarbon dating indicates that it originated from the 9th century.

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taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
9 Apr 2013 12:24AM
Beautiful scenery !
I enjoyed your text-- especially the part about the man made island, etc.

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debu 8 India
9 Apr 2013 12:30AM
Lovely set of images.
9 Apr 2013 12:31AM
Well done Trev, some nice info there too mate Smile
Most interesting commentary. What a history. And, nice photos. I like V3 the best.
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2013 12:54AM
V1 has got it all - that wonderful crannog, the graceful swan and those glorious reeds.
Last year in Kinrossshire we visited a bird sanctuary area around Loch Leven which had lots of these reeds
and I would return there for just that reason.
The blue sky and hints of snow add to the overall appeal.
Sorry I've given my UA away but there were several outstanding images and I could only choose one!
V2 and V3 both lovely but V1 for me.
S_Psharma 5 1 India
9 Apr 2013 3:18AM
Beautiful picture. I like v3.
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
9 Apr 2013 4:41AM
Excellent photos Trev - and the write up is so interesting Smile
gwynn56 6 87 England
9 Apr 2013 5:24AM
beautiful scenery nicely captured , nice and colourful tooSmile
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
9 Apr 2013 6:38AM
Beautiful scenes, Trev, and a most interesting write-up. Carol
netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
9 Apr 2013 6:57AM
Brilliant set Trev especially v1.Smile
9 Apr 2013 7:16AM
Super images Trev, V1 a clear favourite for me,
SUE118 Plus
10 8 1 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2013 7:40AM
Three beautiful images.
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
9 Apr 2013 8:06AM
v1 is beautifully composed, Trev. Could that swan have posed any better for you? I remember the Time Team program as well. Lovely blue and gold contrasts (but just a tad over-saturated for me... just personal taste)

Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2013 8:09AM
Has to be V1 for the lovely serene look it has with
the swan giving a farewel flutter of wingsWink
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2013 8:27AM
Great write up and set Trev.

Version 1 is wonderful!

NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2013 9:29AM
Wow Trev, you have certainly done your homework. A fantastic read wonderfully informative and well complied. The three images accompany the narratives superbly well, image number three being my particular favourite

Regards Nathan
9 Apr 2013 10:29AM
fine work and narrative Trevor V1 is my winner for sure think that Irish lassie has summed it up well she maybe didnae huv a UA but now neither do I

Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
9 Apr 2013 10:32AM
Lovely set Trev, but the composition with the swan steals the show Smile
richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
9 Apr 2013 11:40AM
Super set of images!! I like them a lot!!
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
9 Apr 2013 4:53PM
Very beautiful - and my fave has to be V1, with the swan perfectly positioned Smile
Trev Smile
9 Apr 2013 4:59PM
Excellent captures, Trev, with warm colour, light and detail. V1 is a perfect composition.
9 Apr 2013 5:07PM
Trevor. Thanks for your Welsh history lesson, and for showing me the beauty of the area. Eric.
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2013 5:22PM
V1 is my fave Trev followed by V3......
Interesting write up..... very large pikesGrinGrin
Trev_B 11 151 68 England
9 Apr 2013 6:04PM
Well done Trev a nice set and interesting write up.

Richsr 11 91 223 England
9 Apr 2013 8:01PM
Three good landscape images Trev, like V1 with the swan the best.
Good info on the lake too
Regards Richard
three good captures Trev.
like V1 with the swan the best as Richard

Dinky65 5 1 United States
9 Apr 2013 9:05PM
Nice job and love all the history.
annettep38 Plus
7 218 40 Costa Rica
9 Apr 2013 10:28PM
v1 is my favourite , too. hope you forgive me for saying that the other two seem a bit too much saturated.. but maybe it is just me screen.
The cone shaped roof and the swan make v1 such a pleasing composition.
PS my favourite Welshman were trying to teach me today how to say thank you in welsh. My attempts must have been highly entertaining.
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2013 7:05AM
Very interesting write up, Superb shots, V1 has my eye... Delightful images. IB
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
13 Apr 2013 12:32AM
Wonderful blue of the lake and the sky in these beautiful and serene scenes. V1 is a top shot, the clarity is exceptional and the elegant swan is perfectly placed in the photo. I'm surprised you did not encounter epzer Buffalo Tom on your travels, this is one of his favourite haunts
helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2013 3:06PM
A well recognised land mark - with wonderful colours and very informative write up Trev SmileSmile

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