Wild, Welsh wilderness

Glaslyn is Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust’s biggest nature reserve, an integral part of the Cambrian Mountains. The large expanse of heather moorland, with its associated boggy areas, surround an exposed upland lake. Spectacular views can be enjoyed from the viewpoint.

Best time to visit
Glaslyn can be breathtaking at any time of year, but don’t miss July/August, when the reserve turns purple with the flowering heather. Also look out for the lake’s speciality, quillwort, which often washes up on the lake shore after bad weather.

Why not make a day of it and follow the Glaslyn & Bugeilyn audio trail. To find out more and download the mp3 files, click here.



Please note that the Local Authority have been forced to revoke Public Access status from the track that leads to Glaslyn Nature Reserve, due to persistent illegal activity. The gate at the end has been locked with a combination lock. MWT members will be allowed access and should contact the office for the code (NOTE - that this code will change periodically). Alternatively, it is still possible to park in the layby before the gate and walk on to the reserve.

Nearby nature reserves

Cors Dyfi
8 miles - Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust
10 miles - North Wales Wildlife Trust
Cwm Clettwr
10 miles - The Wildlife Trust for South and West Wales

Nature reserve map

Reserve information

The reserve lies on the minor road between the B4518 near Staylittle and the A489 at Machynlleth
SY20 8RE
Map reference
SN 826 941
Great for...
getting away from it all
stunning views
Best time to visit
Jul - Aug
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Opening Times
Open at all times
230.10 hectares
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Living Landscape schemes
Pumlumon Project
Areas of path wet & muddy, uneven in places. Contact the Trust for disabled access information.
Walking information
Areas of path wet & muddy, uneven in places
Park in the layby before the gate and walk on to the reserve. Vehicular access to the reserve car park by the lake is available to MWT members; contact the office for the padlock code.
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Cattle & sheep
Reserve manager
Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01938 555654