Waterfalls galore here in North Wales

October 30, 2019

Who doesn't like the sound and look of water tumbling down rocks?

We have a few gorgeous waterfalls not far from Penmaenmawr that are quite different from each other.

 

Take a look, this one is closest to the B&B - 'Rhaeadr Fawr' (Big Waterfall) and it is also the tallest with 37m around here:

 More commonly known as 'Aber Falls' because it's in a valley behind the lovely little village of Abergwyngregyn. It's great in any season and I love walking to it regularly in spring, summer, autumn and winter to observe the changes in nature. It's an easy 45 minute walk on a nicely gravelled footpath from the upper car park and takes you through beautiful scenery with old trees and a view across to Anglesey on your way back.

 

 Little known is its smaller brother 'Rhaeadr Fach' just 15 minutes further into Snowdonia to the West when you're at Aber Falls. It's much smaller, but if it carries a lot of water like in this picture from last autumn, it's also rather pretty, don't you think?

 

 If you venture a bit further afield down the Conwy Valley, you come to 'Conwy Falls', which are impressive in a different way, especially after a few rainy days, when the water masses just crash down on both sides of the rock:

 

 

 The noise is incredible on days like the one I took the picture and the man in blue gives you a feel for the dimensions.

 

 

Another one that a lot of North Wales visitors know and enjoy is called 'Swallow Falls' near Betws-y-Coed a bit further south. You can, a bit like for the Conwy Falls, just park you car, visit the waterfall and don't have to walk far, but you can also go for a comfortable stroll along the river if you feel like it:

 

 

My most recent discovery are 'Fairy Falls' in Trefriw, very similar to the Swallow Falls, but not quite as big and massive. It's in a peaceful setting in a pretty secluded part of the village just behind the woollen mill. Bring a book to sit here for a while or a picknick or continue to walk further up the hill and, especially around Bluebell season, you can have a great hike around here.

 

These are the ones I have visited so far, but there are plenty more: Llanberis Falls, Pistyll y Gaseg on the Llyn Peninsula, Dyserth Falls in Denbighshire and some smaller ones, too.

 

 

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