Gwgia is a man made lake constructed somewhere around 1840 to supply water to the famous Gregynog Hall. As ever in the Victorian era any sheet of water was stocked with brown trout to provide sport for the wealthy landowners, these fish have thrived and a days fishing on Gwgia was a prospect to relish.

It is a 40 acre lake which lies in splendid isolation, access is through a locked gate and then across several fields via a rough but manageable track. On reaching the lake you can the foresight of the Victorians. The lake is surrounded by specimen trees and the margins are full of reeds – ideal trout territory. The piece de résistance however is the boathouse, with its three boats, veranda and small kitchen and dining area. It is just like a perfect old fashioned beach hut, but, by a lake.

Visit the Fishing Wales website for more information.

Game shooting

A new name in high bird shooting; Gregynog has quickly established itself as a front runner for exceptional pheasant shooting, with some staggering drives that can challenge and excite groups from November through to the end of January.

‘Iceland’ has a special feel to it for many shooters. This drive finds the gun line stretched out in the huge wern (or valley) that makes up the majority of the shoot.

The wooded bank some distance in front seems almost vertical and the majestic winter light breaks through the treeline on the horizon. Pheasants flush from the rhododendrons tucked under the age old oaks on the crest of the hill and make for home at phenomenal heights, leaving both guns and onlookers speechless. High bird shooting at its best!

With the natural magnitude of this estate we are happy to play host to even the most discerning guns.

For more information on game shooting visit the Bettws Hall website.

The margins of the lake are full of reeds making for ideal trout territory