Summer is finally here so for our June addition of Walk of the Month, we have decided to explore the Welsh countryside by visiting one of the country’s most iconic landmarks, Aber Falls in Gwynedd.
Aber Falls, or Rhaeadr Fawr as it’s known in Welsh, is a stunning waterfall located in the Aber Valley, just outside the village of Abergwyngregyn in Gwynedd, North Wales. The waterfall is surrounded by a rich array of plants and wildlife, making the whole area perfect for photographers and with the water itself falling a massive 120 feet, it’s no wonder the area is so popular.
However this walk is not all about the waterfall as the route up to Aber Falls is just as interesting. Several Bronze Age settlements line the route, making the path an important historic area. With so much to see, it’s well worth taking a picnic and the family camera so you can sit back and take it all in!
This is a relatively easy 4.5 mile walk and although there are some steep descents, the route should take no longer than three hours to complete. Our advice would be to take strong footwear, plenty of water and don’t forget that all important picnic.
Park in the village of Abergwyngregyn, in the free cark park and make your way south through the village, passing an information centre with disabled toilet, following the lane. Follow the lane as it comes alongside the river for half a mile and cross the old stone bridge following way markers for North Wales Path in to the valley. The path continues up to the falls but make sure to stop and take note of the information boards along the route which note the management of Alder trees and wildlife in the valley. There is also a very interesting pile of stones on the route with an information board, explaining that they are actually the remains of an Iron Age round house dating back 2000-2700 years.
After passing the Iron Age round house, you will shortly come across a magnificent view of the waterfalls and the surrounding hills. After stopping to enjoy the views and a healthy picnic, continue the circular walk by crossing the river to its west bank and following the way markers for the North Wales Path. The route will continue west across the valley and cross another small river before coming to sheep-filled fields. Here the outlook will change and you’ll get a fantastic view over the Irish sea.
Follow the brow of the hill and you will soon see your starting point. Head back through the small village of Abergwyngregyn until you reach the carpark for some much needed rest.
To view the route map please click here.
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