Llyn Padarn / Llanberis Lake

Our paddle on Llyn Padarn and the invention of a new coffee bag and ‘paddnicking’.

For our stay in Wales at Aberafon campsite whilst testing the Vango Rosewood tent, we took our canoe on the off-chance that we could get out somewhere for a paddle.

We decided to head off to Llyn Padarn (Llanberis Lake) as it wasn’t too far from the campsite we were staying at (Aberafon). We also took with us some food, coffee, the Primus Kuchoma grill and the Vango Roar stove – any excuse for a picnic. The plan was to canoe to a quiet spot and have a steak sandwich and a mug of hot coffee.

The A4086 road runs along the side of Llyn Padarn and half way along is a good place to access the water. Turn in and look for a place called Snowdonia Watersports.





We popped inside Snowdonia Watersports for a quick look around and a cheeky coffee. As well as the café, they have a retail shop, and they hire out equipment and give watersport training – pop in if you get the chance. Over the road, there were plenty of people of all ages enjoying the water, canoeing and paddle boarding.

We parked our van on the carpark opposite Snowdonia Watersports right next to the lake. This allowed us to easily get our canoe and gear (including the dogs) easily onto the shallow shore ready for our paddle/picnic. This car park is managed by Parc Padarn, a subsidiary of Gwynedd Council and at the time of writing it is free to use.

Once all the gear and dogs were in the canoe and our buoyancy vests were on, we pushed off for a play on the water. We use Ortlieb dry bags to keep our stuff dry and strapped into the canoe.

ortlieb dry bags

The weather wasn’t brilliant, a bit overcast, a bit blowy, but it was dry. We paddled along the tree line for a while looking for somewhere to stop off. We were heading up the lake in a north/west direction but having no luck, we turned around and headed back down towards the bottom end of the lake.

We found a lovely secluded spot in the far corner of the lake, where were landed and pulled the canoe, dogs and gear out of the water and proceeded with our picnic. You will see from the photos we’ve included that we actually weren’t too far from civilisation and the National Slate Museum wasn’t too far away. However, it was a very secluded and lovely location and it did feel like you were on an island with nobody else around.

We used the Primus Kuchoma to cook ourselves a wonderful steak and sweet pepper sandwich whilst enjoying the surroundings and watching the dogs run around. Our coffee exploits took a slight turn when we realised that I had brought along filter coffee instead of instant – clever boy.

Midge hair nets make good coffee filters – So we had access to water, coffee grinds and heat, so what were we to do? Turns out I am married to the female equivalent of Bear Grylls who suggested that we tare up a spare midge head net we were carrying with us and use that to filter the coffee into our Lifeventure insulated mugs – We used water from the lake and filtered it through our Katadyn BeFree bottle, and used the improvised coffee bags to make a rather good mug of coffee.

We had ourselves a rather cool little adventure, and would recommend anyone to try a bit of paddling and picnicking – maybe we should call it ‘paddnicking’, maybe not.

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Midge hair nets make good coffee filters – So we had access to water, coffee grinds and heat, so what were we to do? Turns out I am married to the female equivalent of Bear Grylls who suggested that we tare up a spare midge head net we were carrying with us and use that to filter the coffee into our Lifeventure insulated mugs – We used water from the lake and filtered it through our Katadyn BeFree bottle, and used the improvised coffee bags to make a rather good mug of coffee.

We had ourselves a rather cool little adventure, and would recommend anyone to try a bit of paddling and picnicking – maybe we should call it ‘paddnicking’, maybe not.

The Buoyancy vest I wore during this paddle was the Tribord BA500 70N from Decathlon. Here is my review of it;

Tribord BA500 70N buoyancy vest

The grill we used during this paddle was the Primus Kuchoma. Here is our review of it;

PRIMUS KUCHOMA

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