View of Bala-pool on the River Dee
Artist: Walmsley, Thomas
Bala Lake on the River Dee is the largest natural body of water in Wales. It is four and a half miles long, a mile wide and over eighty feet deep. James John Hissey in his ‘An Old Fashioned Journey through England and Wales’, published in 1884 wrote the following lines about the Lake, “There was hardly any breeze, and as we drove along by the shore of the peaceful lake, the mountains reflected and doubled upon its quiet surface, gave a feeling of repose and tranquillity”.