Llangorse Lake

Llangorse LakeLlangors means literally “the church of the marsh, or bog” and appears to have been named that because of it’s situation on the low banks of an extensive pool or lake. It is also designated, in ancient charters, “Mara” and “St. Paulinus on the Mere”. The lake, called Llyn Safaddan, or more generally, Llangors Pool or Mere, is about two miles in length and one mile across in the broadest part which lies between the churches of Llangasty Talyllyn and Llangors. The average depth is about nine to twelve feet, though that varies a great deal. The deepest part is near the junction of our parish and that of Cathedine, where the depth is from thirty-five to forty-five feet. The depth of the lake diminishes very gradually from the centre towards the banks so that flat-bottomed boats only can be used.

Water comes in some several streams, the chief of them being the ‘Cui’ which runs through the village of Llangors. The main river out of the Lake is the Llynfi which flows past the sailing club then goes on another four miles to Talgarth, eventually ending up in Wye above Glasbury.

Wild fowl frequent the banks of the Lake, especially in severe winters. Many swans have made their home here too. There are a few varieties of fish: pike, perch, roach, bream and eels. The pike are sometime caught weighing around thirty or forty pounds in weight and were, at one time, considered to be “of a superior flavour”. The lake used to be abundant with eels and in days gone by locals made a living from trapping them; some of these eel traps still exist along the Llynfi.

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