LLYN Brenig reservoir and visitor centre, located in the heart of Denbigh Moors is well known for its beautiful landscape, breath-taking views and wonderful wildlife, but now the centre also has plans to help local people enjoy more of the outdoors to help improve their health and wellbeing.

The lake, which is run by Welsh Water, is looking to create a dedicated wellbeing area next to the lake. The area will include a wellness pond with decking where people can go to relax, meditate, practice mindfulness and enjoy the wildlife.

As part of the plans to expand the facilities, Llyn Brenig will also be one of the first locations in north Wales to offer fly fishing as an aid to physical recovery. As part of the Fishing for Health Project, Llyn Brenig will provide fishing lessons by trained staff to help people recover from injuries or operations such as breast cancer surgery as light exercise such as fly casting can help aid recovery and promote physical health.

Nick Kite, Llyn Brenig Attraction Manager said; “Llyn Brenig is a very special place which attracts thousands of visitors and anglers every year. With the creation of this pond and our Fishing for Health Project we hope to be able to attract even more people to benefit from the surroundings and try fly fishing. Studies have shown that there are mental and physical benefits associated with fly fishing which can help reduce stress as well as improve long term health.

“We hope that this project will help people with their mental and physical wellbeing as well as to aid recovery after treatment for illnesses such as breast cancer. We’re currently applying for funding, and if successful, we will be able to provide the fly fishing lessons for free for local people referred by their doctor or local agency to aid recovery. The location of the new pond will ensure that fishing sessions can be held whatever the weather and will be suited for beginners. It will give people the opportunity to experience a new activity in a safe and supportive environment which will help improve their quality of life.”

Visitors can see what Welsh Water has planned for improving the facilities at Llyn Brenig through an informal drop-in sessions that will be open to the public at Llyn Brenig Visitor centre on Saturday and Sunday, February 15 and 16 between 11am and 3pm. Free tea and coffee will be available in the café for those who attend and share their views.

Nick Kite added; “I would like to encourage people to come along and see what we hope to achieve at Llyn Brenig. We’d also like to hear their views and opinions on what we are proposing and to see if local residents and visitors have any further ideas on how we can provide the best experience for visitors.”