by Katy Barley
Mighty mountains, idyllic lakes and picturesque valleys, Snowdonia is well known for its unique landscapes, including its spectacular waterfalls.
Dramatic, awe-inspiring, breathtaking … It’s no surprise that waterfalls are high on many adventurers’ bucket lists. And luckily for you, there is an abundance of amazing waterfalls right here in Snowdonia.
From cascading falls found deep among the hills and valleys to those easily accessible for the whole family to enjoy. Here are six of our favourite waterfalls in Snowdonia…
One of Snowdonia’s most loved waterfalls, nestled within the foothills of the Carneddau Mountains is the mighty Aber Falls. Aber Falls’ true name is Rhaeadr Fawr, meaning Large Waterfall and you’ll be amazed by this majestic waterfall, towering 120ft high above you. As you explore this breathtaking wonder, you’ll also be treated to a second waterfall; Rhaeadr Bach (Small Waterfall). A truly stunning sight to behold.
Aber Falls is located close to the village of Abergwyngregyn, along the North Wales Coast. Leave the A55 at junction 13, following signs for “Abergwyngregyn”, and then follow signs to “Aber Falls”.
Take the family-friendly walk from Aber Falls Car Park (LL33 0LP) to Rheadr Fawr; one of our favourite walks in Snowdonia. Discover gorgeous scenery as you take the well-maintained path to the glorious waterfall.
If you’re looking for accommodation close to Aber Falls, why not check out our range of holiday cottages in Bangor, located just a short 15 drive away from Aber Falls Car Park.
A charming Snowdonian waterfall located along the Afon Llugwy, Swallow Falls has featured in many films including Wonder Woman 1984. Thought by many as one of the most beautiful places in Wales, Swallow Falls is an area of outstanding natural beauty. A spectacular waterfall, with a backdrop of enchanting woodlands and rural countryside, the falls are a delightful day out for the whole family.
These mesmerising falls can easily be enjoyed from the south bank of the Llugwy, by parking along the A5 (LL24 0DW), near Betws-y-Coed. However, a more dramatic view of the falls can be appreciated by taking the Swallow Falls Trail from Ty’n Llwyn Car Park, through the beautiful Gwydir Forest Park and along the northern bank to Swallow Falls.
Swallow Falls are situated just a short walk away from our range of holiday cottages in Betws y Coed and Capel Curig, providing the perfect base to explore this stunning sight.
Calling all adventure lovers! A trip to Afon Cwm Llan (the Watkin Path Waterfalls) is an absolute must for outdoor enthusiasts near and far. The Watkin Path is one of the most picturesque routes to the summit of Snowdon, boasting dramatic views, pleasant woodlands and of course – picture-perfect waterfalls.
A quarter of the way up to the top of the highest mountain in Wales, you’ll find the waterfalls – a delightful spot where you can relax, take a swim in the crystal clear pools or enjoy a picnic after a day of adventures.
The Watkin Path starts along the A498 from Nant Gwynant Car Park (LL55 4NR). Simply follow the Watkin Path up through the woods and after around 20-30 minutes you’ll see the idyllic Snowdonia waterfall in front of you.
If you’re thinking of taking the Watkin Path to the summit of Snowdon, why not base yourself in one of these holiday cottages in Beddgelert, for a home-away-from-home in Snowdonia National Park.
Another popular waterfall in Snowdonia, located close to the small village of Betws y Coed, is Conwy Falls – a magical spot known locally as “The Fairy Glen”. Hidden deep within ancient woodland, Conwy Falls is famous for its enchanting stories of dancing fairies and magical creatures, rumoured to live here.
The Conwy Falls Cafe, found by the entrance to Conwy Falls, was designed by Sir William Clough Ellis to compliment the Italian inspired architecture of Portmeirion. Enjoy a tasty treat or refreshing drink after exploring the area.
Nestled away just two miles from Betws-y-Coed, Conwy Falls is easily accessed via the A5. The Conwy Falls Cafe and Car Park (LL24 0PN) can be found on the A5 / B4406 junction. The car park is free to use, however, a small payment (£1.50) is required to access the path to Conwy Falls.
Whilst exploring the enchanting woodlands and waterfalls at Fairy Glen, why not head to the local villages of Llanrwst or Blaenau Ffestiniog for a family fun day out in Snowdonia National Park.
One of North Wales’ hidden gems, Pistyll Rhaeadr is often referred to as one of the Seven Wonders of Wales. Ok, so Pistyll Rhaeadr isn’t technically in Snowdonia – it lies on the edge of the National Park, west of Oswestry. However, being the highest waterfall in Wales, we just couldn’t leave it off our list of awesome Snowdonia waterfalls!
A dramatic waterfall, formed by the Afon Disgynfa falling in three stages over a 240ft cliff, Pistyll Rhaeadr is an enchanting waterfall located in the heart of the Berwyn Mountains. At the base of the waterfall sits Tan-y-Pistyll (a little house under the waterfall), where you can enjoy a cup of tea and some snacks after exploring the surrounding hills.
As you travel south on the A5, take the A483, signposted Welshpool before turning right onto the B4396 into Llanrhaeadr. Once in Llanrhaeadr drive through the main square, turning right onto Waterfall Street. Continue along the single lane track for approximately 4 miles and you’ll find a small car park at the foot of the waterfall.
A short walk from the car park takes you to the base of the waterfall, where you’ll find a charming bridge crossing the river over to the woodlands. To reach the top of Pistyll Rhaeadr, take the steep ascent up the mountain, taking approximately 20-30 minutes.
Are you planning to explore woodlands, mountains and valleys and discover the very best waterfalls in Snowdonia? Book yourself a cosy Snowdonia Holiday Cottage; the ideal base to rest and recuperate in between adventures.
Image Credits: Terry Hickingbotham (CC BY 2.0), Clive Giddis (CC BY_SA 2.0)
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Hi, I'm Katy and I joined the Marketing team in February 2020.
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