Walk 3 – Aber Falls
- Length: 4 miles
- Ascent: 693 feet
- Refreshments: Abergwyngregyn
“Rhaeadr Fawr was well worth the walk. It had none of the wild surging power of Rhaeadr Ewynnol, but there was a stark elegance, none the less, in that narrow ribbon of white water” - from 'Here Be Dragons'
“Following its meandering course, Llelo tracked it back to the cataract known as Rhaeadr Fawr – the Great Waterfall. It was more aptly named than the stream, a narrow spill of white water, surging more than a hundred feet over a sheer cliff.” - from 'Falls the Shadow'
The Aber Falls lies within the Coedydd Aber National Nature Reserve and is a Designated Area of Special Conservation. The Falls lie at the foot of the Carneddau range of mountains with a steep sided wooded valley leading to the Falls.
From the A55 look out for the signs for Abergwyngregyn and having come off the A55, turn immediate left for a sign posted free car park. There is a helpful board with a map showing walks. For the waterfall, you can walk up and back again (about 4 miles) or from the waterfall you can continue on for a circular walk that goes the other side of the valley and back to the village.
As you start walking through the village, look out for the chapel on your right. Opposite the chapel, behind the houses, there is an earth mound with a flat top – this is the site of Aber Castle and Llewelyn's court at Abergwyngregyn was in the field at the foot of the mound. For other points of interest in and around the village, please see Abergwyngregyn in the driving routes.
If you want to shorten the walk, you can start from the car park at Bont Newydd. When you come off the A55, drive up through the village. 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. 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.
The trail from now on really needs no guidance as it is that straightforward so long as you don't venture off the path, as there are a couple of steeper routes through the conifer plantation.
The only thing to keep an eye out for is the hut half way that has a small exhibition in it.
The Aber Falls are quite spectacular, but the spray will travel a fair distance and the rocks below the falls are slippery with algae.
To extend the walk a little, cross over the wooden bridge and follow the path that says North Wales Path – this path is quite rough. There is another waterfall about a quarter of a mile along.
Afterwards, the café in the centre of the village is recommended!
List of all Walks
Walk 1 – Llanrhychwyn Church, Trefriw
Walk in the footsteps of Llewelyn Fawr and Joanna to reach the spiritually uplifting church at Llanrhychwyn.
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Walk 2 - Dolwyddelan Castle
Enjoy the views of Dolwyddelan Castle and the Lledr Valley on this walk.
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Walk 3 – Aber Falls
Visit the stunning waterfall at Aber walking in the footsteps of Llewelyn Fawr and his grandson Llewelyn ap Gruffydd. (You are on this page).
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