Bala is an old market town situated at the eastern end of Llyn Tegid (the largest freshwater lake in Wales). Above the town there is some lovely countryside through which pleasurable walks can be concocted. The old quarry at Craig y Fron provides a focus for a classic walk with excellent views across the valley. The quarry has some large caverns propped up by pillars – the quarried stone can be seen on several prominent buildings in Bala. Another point of interest is Tomen y Bala, a Norman castle mound dating from the 11th century which can be seen just off the High Street.
A very good circular route can be followed on the northwest side of Bala, taking in the delightful hamlet of Llanfor and various parts of the Rhiwlas estate.
A longer, more involved route can be done just north of the town. This starts at Berth and sweeps past the prominent hill of Moel Emoel – a trip up to the summit may appeal to some but at 549m it is quite a challenge!
There is a car park at the head of Llyn Tegid. If you are doing the Moel Emoel walk then there are a couple of parking spots at Berth by the A4212.
Mostly good tracks and footpaths, but some rougher terrain in places.