Little more than a single main street, Bala is a popular stop-off for travellers on their
way from north-west England to the Cambrian coast. The town's great attraction is Bala
Lake (Llyn Tegid in Welsh). This is the largest natural body of water in
Wales, much used by watersports enthusiasts who benefit from the winds sweeping through
the mountain valley in which it is set. The steam trains of the narrow-gauge Bala Lake
Railway run for several kilometres along its southern shore. In a nearby valley is another
lake, Llyn Celyn, which is entirely artificial; canoeing competitions are held on the
white water downstream from its dam.
The secondary school in nearby Bala provides free bus service from
home. Bala has a range of shopping facilities including Monday market, two supermarkets,
bakeries, several high class butchers, chemists, high street banking, and a public
library. An excellent comprehensive medical Centre includes Doctors surgeries, X-ray
facilities, ambulance and full accident and emergency services.