WORK to upgrade sections around Powys's Lake Vyrnwy are up-and-running, including replacing some iconic picnic benches on the water's west bank.

Bosses at the popular tourist site have been active on social media this week to show off the jobs being completed to improve the visitor experience at the venue.

Included in this is the removal of the 'giant benches' which form part of the Llechwedd-du car park overlooking the water, as well as other jobs under work known as 'Brilliant Basic Week'.

A spokesman for the Lake said that the benches, which are rotting after being exposed to the elements for so long, will be replaced by more accessible seating, but hope to find a way to maintain one for those who want to sit there.

They said: "Later this week, Llechwedd-du car park and picnic area will be closed as Brilliant Basic work starts.

"Work will include upgrading the picnic area by removing the existing rotten benches and replacing these with new picnic benches, meeting accessibility requirements.

"Sadly, the unsafe condition of Llechwedd-du’s iconic giant benches means they have to be removed.

"However, we’re busy figuring out how we can reinstate at least one of these so watch this space."

Other work being carried out at the lake includes railings close to the main entrance across the dam, all part of the efforts to 'spruce up' the area, with more set to be added around Vyrnwy.

A spokesman added: "A massive thank you to SB Metalcraft for completing the first section of white railings to be replaced as part of our Brilliant Basic's funding!

"They look amazing.

"We will be replacing two more sections with new railings in the next few weeks so keep your eyes peeled."

A final project that has started courtesy of funding through 'Brilliant Basic' week is work on both Bethel House and the Chapel, working to make them available for future use.

It comes after approval for plans to work on the buildings were approved in January 2021 but has seen some funding issues.

The spokesman added: "We are excited to commence phase one of the Bethel House and Chapel restoration works.

"The project will ensure that both buildings are protected from the elements and will facilitate us to continue to make positive change in these important spaces."