Aber Falls

Aber Falls

Route: Aber Falls

Area: North Wales

Date of walk: 19th September 2021

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 4.6 miles

Ascent: 900 feet

Weather: Cloudy with some heavy rain, gradually clearing

Today’s walk got off to a bad start. We parked at Bont Newydd, where the cash-only ticket machine prominently stated a fee of £5. After  inserting the advertised sum the machine then informed us that the fee was £6. We didn’t have any more spare change, so left a note on the dashboard, with expletives deleted. Anyone following this walk is advised to bring plenty of £1 coins

We set off into the woods via a nearby gate and our mood wasn’t improved by the onset of drizzle which was replaced further on by heavy rain, causing the camera to be stowed away. We entertained doubts about continuing, but at least the rain would feed the waterfalls – the object of today’s walk

The Aber Falls (Rhaeadr-fawr) are one of the highest and most spectacular in Wales, plunging 120 feet down over cliffs at the head of the valley and are set in the Coedydd Aber National Park. The anticipation of seeing this spectacle caused us to persevere through the rain and we were glad to have done so as the weather improved as we reached the falls. It was a wonderful sight and a natural viewing area afforded close access

It’s possible to shorten the walk by retracing your steps from here, but I wouldn’t advise that as some of the best views of the falls are on the return leg. We crossed a footbridge below the falls to join a path below a dry stone wall. This took us past a smaller waterfall Rhaeadr-bach, before curving to the right and heading back down the valley

As we followed the grassy track along the west of the valley there were wonderful views back to both falls, enhanced by some pools of sunlight. After passing under some power lines, a new panorama opened up in front of us, spanning Anglesey, the Menai Strait, Puffin Island and Great Orme (which we’d visit for another walk in the afternoon) 

We descended to the village of Abergwyngreyn enjoying wonderful sea views for much of the way and, on reaching the village, we turned right and returned to the start via the lane back to Bont Newydd

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