This is a different approach to these hills, one that does leave you with difficulty in returning to your start...
An easy family friendly walk to a spectacular waterfall. Best walked just after heavy rains.
Distance: 4 Kms
Ascent: 150 metres
Start and Finish: Aber Falls Car Park - Abergwyngregyn
Cafes at Aber, parking and WC at start.
Hazards: Open water under the falls - look but don't wander in!
Plenty of buses to the village from Bangor or Conwy sides. This adds another 2 kilometers of country lane to the walk.
Parking: Paid for parking.
Parking Post Code for Sat Nav: LL33 0LP
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Easy Family Walk to the Aber Falls
An easy family walk to the Aber Falls in Snowdonia, or Rhaeadr Fawr to the locals. The easy walk to Aber Falls is a straightforward out and back to view the spectacular Rhaeadr Fawr waterfall that drops nearly 40m from the hanging valley above. The main drawback of the walk to Aber Falls is that it can be busy at any time of year. There are also benches along the path at regular intervals if you find you need a rest.
This walk, or to be specific – the Aber Falls are best after some prolonged rain when the falls are at their most spectacular. Make sure you’ve got waterproofs as when it’s at it’s most powerful, as the spray is carried further than you’d imagine! A longer circuit can be completed – Aber Falls Circular Walk. The route is also part of a slonger circular walk developed by Cyngor Gwynedd Council, which has a printable Aber Falls walk pdf route leaflet available here. An excellent resource on the Aber Falls – and all things waterfalls – here.
The walk to Aber Falls starts from the car park at Bont Newydd, which is reached via a minor road from Aber and the A55 (follow signs). You can park at the lower car park, or you may have to follow the road left over the bridge, and right to the second car park. If you start at the lower car park, then follow the track that goes up stream until you reach a footbridge that leads to a wider path with a large gate.
1. If you start from the second car park, you must return the way you came until the road turns left and you will pass through a large gate.
3. The only thing to keep an eye out for is the hut half way that has an exibition in it, but was closed whenever we go by. There are also some Bronze age huts along here that are in the process of being excavated. Traditional charcoal is also produced here.
4. You’ll soon arrive at the end of the walk. The falls are quite spectacular, but beware that the spray will travel a fair distance! The rocks below the falls are also slippery! You can cross the footbridge to get an alternative view of the falls. It can be even more atmospheric in mist, taking on a rain forest feel (though the temperature remains far off).
5. Return by the same route, and enjoy a cuppa at the Cafe in the village, though the Aber Falls Hotel has recently been spotted open again as a licenced cafe.Featured Waterfalls