Tal-y-llyn Lake

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Tal-y-llyn Lake
Tal y llyn lake.jpg
Looking north-east up the Bwlch Llyn Bach pass
Location North Wales
Coordinates 52°40′21″N 3°53′51″W / 52.67250°N 3.89744°W / 52.67250; -3.89744Coordinates: 52°40′21″N 3°53′51″W / 52.67250°N 3.89744°W / 52.67250; -3.89744
Type Natural Ribbon Lake
Primary outflows River Dysynni
Basin countries United Kingdom
Surface area 220 acres (89 ha)[1]
Average depth 3 m (9.8 ft)
References [1]

Tal-y-llyn Lake, also known as Talyllyn Lake, Llyn Mwyngil or Llyn Myngul is a large glacial ribbon lake formed by a post-glacial massive landslip damming up the lake within the glaciated valley.[2] It is situated at the foot of Cadair Idris, in the Snowdonia mountain range of Gwynedd, Wales.

The River Dysynni flows from the lake, through the village of Abergynolwyn, and discharges into the sea north of Tywyn.

The Anglicised name for the lake, Tal-y-llyn Lake, is a tautology as its literal meaning is "End-of-the-lake Lake".

The narrow gauge Talyllyn Railway has its eastern terminus at nearby Abergynolwyn, within the parish of Tal-y-llyn, the hamlet at the end of the lake.

In 2009 a landscape photograph of the lake was included as an official desktop wallpaper (GB-wp3) with the release of the Microsoft operating system Windows 7, thus bring an image of the lake to millions of desktop PCs.

In fiction[edit]

1976 Newbury Medal winner Susan Cooper used the lake as a setting for the book The Grey King. Within the lake six sleepers lie, wakened by Will Stanton playing the Harp of Gold. Afterward, they ride to aid the of the Light in the book Silver on the Tree.