The now disused railway station at Bala is the start for this walk. It's a reasonably gentle walk along country lanes and then across fields along the side of Bala Lake.
Length: 5.0 miles
Duration: 2.0 hours
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To the eastern end of Bala Lake the B4391 crosses the water and arrives at the now disused Bala railway station. Opposite the station is space to park along the road. From the start, head east and back to the B4391 with the railway station on your right. On reaching the T junction turn right.
Follow the road as it climbs the hill and bends round to the left.
After a short while you'll come across a T junction to the right. Take this turn and follow the road up the hill.
There's no pavement here so take care of any traffic. The road continues with a few bends and junctions, but just keep straight on.
On reaching a bridge on a bend in the road, take the right hand turning (i.e. do not cross the river).
Continue straight on up the hill. The road turns in to more of a track and there's a gate across the road which you will need to open. Make sure it's closed behind you so as not to let any sheep escape.
You will eventually see a footpath sign leading off to the right and a wooden stile crossing a stone wall.
From this point on it can be quite wet during winter months so make sure you have waterproof boots with good grips. The path continues towards a house at the top of the hill. The footpath actually goes through the garden, so please be courteous and keep to the side and make sure any dogs are kept under control.
After passing the house, another track comes in to view. Turn left and follow it to the west.
You will start to see Bala Lake. Continue along the track, crossing the cattle grid you will see. As the track bears to the right you will see a footpath sign leading off down the hill to the right. The path is reasonably visible and heads diagonally across the field. At one point if it's been raining heavily the path can actually become flooded so take extra care here. You will start to go downhill a little more steeply too.
At the next stile, cross it and follow the signs along the stone walls.
The next road that you will reach leads to the Bala Lake Hotel. The footpath sign is a little confusing but should actually points towards the hotel. Follow the signs to the car park passing straight through the hotel complex and out through the other side.
You will eventually reach the road where you were earlier. Turn left and then the next left where you will see the start.
As a point of interest you may also like to have a quick look at the railway station platform and tracks.