Abergwyngregyn, or just Aber, is best known for the falls of the same name. Yet it provides a variety of walks into the Carneddau that may not be as rugged as those from Ogwen, are certainly tough as they all start from sea level! Placed on the A55, it’s easy to get to by bus and car, but the railway station was axed years ago. There’s not much in the village itself, with the pub having closed down a few years ago. There’s a decent cafe, but this can be so busy at certain times with large groups, that you’d best not rely on it. If there’s room, then it’s highly recommended!
As far as parking goes, the Aber Falls car park is the best bet. There’s a small area on the lane and an overspill car park higher up where there’s a basic toilet block. Some park on the roadside, churning up the mulchy verge rather than shelling a few quid in order to maintain the toilet blocks and the nature reserve. There’s also a few spaces at the end of the country lane (SH675 716) that cuts off around 200m ascent from your walk, but you’ll then be limited to return to the car or you’ll need to walk back up that steep lane at the end of the day (not nice!)
This is a very easy walk that leaves the car park along an even, wide path that’s suitable for pushchairs. Basically just a walk to the falls and back again. For a slightly more worthwhile outing, the next option is slightly longer.
A straightforward ramble around Aber Falls and returning to Aber via a path, high above the valley side. It has an easy gradient all the way around but there is a steep descent at walk’s end which might need some care and can be slippery and muddy when wet.
This is an alternative approach to Llwyd Mawr (Llwytmor) from Aber that avoids the usual route via the screes to Cwm Coch and instead takes a higher route across the scree slopes that is a little hairier in places! It isn’t wet like the lower path (a stream crosses one section) and takes you straight onto the higher slopes of Llwytmor Bach (Technically the Little Big Grey Hill!)
Alternatively, you can approach via the plantation in order to come out on the slopes, and is one we’ll hopefully try out later on.
This is a tough wild walk that cuts across the Carneddau rather than a usual north south traverse. It passes down through the Pant y Griafolen valley, and can be both boggy and challenging. One for serious walkers only! Returning to the start could also be a problem.
This is a strenuous walk that’s almost a mini LDP considering the ever changing terrain as you pass through the forest at Aber, the high Carneddau and Llyn Cowlyd. This was completed initially as a three day walk, but can be completed by the fit in a single day. Returning to the start could be problematic.
An epic walk around Aber, taking in the peaks of Drum and Foel Fras before finishing off on the gentler North Wales Path and the Aber Falls. For even more of a challenge, you can extend it to include Carnedd Llywelyn.
This is a remote and quiet walk, ascending Llwytmor via pathless route. and descending to Llyn Anafon by a faint path. One for those confident in their mapwork and navigation!
A walk originally completed as a wild camp, that provides a mid-level option that might be a good option if you have to keep low to avoid snow or high winds.
A linear walk from Aber that follows the Roman Road to Tal y Fan and descends to Dwygyfylchi or any of the villages along the A55 from which you an easily get a bus back to the start of the walk. Or you could descend to Llanfairfechan and continue on foot back the your starting point.