Nestled at the northern foothills of the Carneddau in the far north of Eryri National Park, Wales lies Aber Falls. Aber Falls is a breathtaking 37m waterfall that dramatically cascades down a sheer rock face into a shallow plunge pool, making it one of Eryri's most impressive natural wonders. Part of the Afon Goch (Red River), this accessible 2km trail is perfect for families, offering a shorter and easier walk while providing optional extensions including walking to the beautiful Rhaeadr Bach waterfall and a longer hike for the more adventurous.
Route Length: 4.2 Km
Hike Duration: 1-2 hours
Elevation Gain: 149m
Route Difficulty: Easy (to waterfall) Intermediate (circular trail)
Route Type: Linear or circular
Cost: Free, only pay for parking
Facilities: An accessible picnic table is available at the upper car park as well as a public toilet.
Parking & Start Point:
Aber Falls Car Park
Cost: £5 all day (coins only)
Two car parks (upper and lower) – arrive early to secure a spot.
Narrow single track road from Abergwyngregyn may cause delays.
Free parking available at the bottom of the village, adding 2.4km to the walk.
Trail Guide: The route to Aber Falls is simple and well signposted. If starting from the lower car park, head towards the upper car park. Follow the wide path as it gently climbs toward the waterfall. Aber Falls comes into view approximately 500m into the walk. Cross the small wooden footbridge for a higher viewpoint on the right side of the river.
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Optional Extension to Rhaeadr Bach: From the upper viewpoint, extend the walk to visit Rhaeadr Bach. Pass through the metal swing gate and follow the single track path alongside the stone wall for around 400m. Not pushchair-friendly, but easy underfoot. Reach the base of Rhaeadr Bach with a quaint wooden footbridge.
Optional Extension Full Aber Falls Circular Hike: From Rhaeadr Bach follow the path through the moorland, over several small streams and walk the steady incline tracing the path alongside Ffridd Ddu in the direction of Abergwyngregyn. The descent toward the village may present a few moderately steep sections. Upon reaching the valley floor, a stretch of road awaits, guiding you back to the car park. This trail accommodates travel in either direction, with some opting for the anti-clockwise course to tackle the steeper portions initially, relishing the extended descent amid waterfalls and through the valley.
Can you swim at Aber Falls?
Small pools at the base are suitable for a 'dip,' but too small for swimming. Consider walking to Rhaeadr Bach for larger plunge pools.
Are dogs allowed at Aber Falls?
Yes, keep dogs on a lead due to roaming sheep in the area.
Is the trail accessible?
Yes, the trail up to Aber Falls and back is suitable for wheelchair users and pushchairs. Manual wheelchair users may encounter greater difficulty than those with electric wheelchairs. The trail past Aber Falls itself may be tricker however due to gates and uneven terrain.
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And there you have it, my comprehensive guide to exploring Aber Falls in the picturesque Eryri National Park.
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