People often turn their noses up at short, easy walks. Mountains, spurs and ridges all have very obvious attractions, for instance, and I, for one, absolutely love them. However, sometimes we just need a short accessible walk, particularly when we have the kids in tow or when we’re pressed for time. The important thing for us is that, regardless of length and difficulty, we don’t want to compromise on beauty and views. This is why we love Aber Falls.
Located in Abergwyngregyn, parking is available for £2 for the day. However, unless you’re taking a rather substantial picnic, you certainly won’t need all day. One of the great things about this walk is that it can easily be completed with kids in the space of a morning.
From the car park, head straight through the kissing gate and into the signposted nature reserve. This will take you through the woodland for the first section of the walk. However, if you have pushchairs or wheelchairs with you, pass over the bridge that crosses the river to the left of the car park and then head right to pick up the trail. This avoids the narrow, uneven path and steps of the woodland section. It’s great that the park authorities have put in place this accessible detour to further open this stunning waterfall to even more people.
As you enter the nature reserve you’ll pick up the first of the waymarks that make this trail so easy to navigate. You literally cannot go wrong! The path is wide and very obvious and further underlining its suitablility for pushchairs and wheelchairs. I love the fact that places such as Aber Falls are this accessible. Sometimes we need to remember that not everyone can access the outdoors as easily as we can. Consequently, having naturally stunning places like this that are open to everyone is of great benefit.
Almost immediately you’ll start picking up views of the surrounding hills. More importantly, before you know it, you’ll have glimpsed Rhaeadr Fawr waterfall for the first time. After passing through a number of gates and stopping to capture some photos of Aber Falls from a distance, you’ll soon reach the spectacular sight of them up close. They really are a sight to behold.
Crashing down from about 120 feet above you into the plunge pool below, this is a genuine waterfall of great proportions. What’s more, you can really get up close and personal with Rhaeadr Fawr waterfall. Without getting your feet wet, it is possible to get within just a few feet of the bottom of it. Not only was this a great experience for me, but the kids absolutely loved it.
Obviously, if you are taking children, care needs to be exercised around the base of Aber Falls. There is no safety fence, so access to the water and rocks is open. Consequently, be aware of this if you are allowing them to walk on a little ahead of you.
All in all, a trip to Aber Falls underlines just however beautiful and interesting short, easy walks can be. It’s brilliant that the path is also accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs. Giving even more people an opportunity to experience one of the best waterfalls in Wales has got to be beneficial. So, if you’re ever in the area, make sure it’s on your list of things to do.
Location: Abergwyngregyn LL33 0LP
Total walk distance: 4.5 miles
Grade: very easy