Aber Falls Snowdonia – Hike Guide

There are plenty of waterfalls to visit when you’re in Wales, but with Aber Falls Snowdonia being the biggest, you cannot afford to miss it.

After heavy rainfall, it is one of the most impressive waterfalls I’ve ever seen. That’s saying something considering I’ve spent considerable time in Norway, Iceland, and Asia! Not only is it

Not only is it big and beautiful, oi oi…

But it’s really accessible too. Meaning it’s an easy, and short hike for all!

If you’re passing on the A55 heading west into Snowdonia National park, then you absolutely have to stop to do the Aber Falls hike.

Crib Goch from Moel Siabod summit

Quick Facts about Aber Falls, Snowdonia.

  • Distance: 4.5km Out and back
  • Time: 60-90 minutes
  • Best travel time: Early morning or particulary after heavy rainfall
  • Difficulty: Easy and short!
  • Parking: Paid parking at the trailhead
Taking in the Snowdon Horseshoe

High Points of the Aber Falls Snowdonia

  • One of the most impressive waterfalls in Wales.
  • Easy and well-marked trail.
  • Beautiful surroundings.
  • Easy parking and access.

Low Points of the Aber Falls Snowdonia.

  • The access road into the car park is narrow and can be tricky if you’re not confident.
  • Does get busier during weekends and holidays.

How to get to Aber Falls Snowdonia

One of the most accessible waterfalls in Wales is within easy reach of the A55 and with ample parking at the trailhead. As you’re driving westbound on the A55 the turning is just before the Aber Falls Distillery which is well worth the visit if you’ve got time. If you’re traveling eastbound you’ll go under the underpass and through to the other side.

You’ll drive through the small village of Abergywngolen and up toward the trailhead. This road can get busy, and it is narrow, but give yourself some time and you’ll be absolutely fine.

Parking is £5 at the trailhead and is cash only so make sure you’ve got some cash with you if you’re wanting to pay at the trailhead.

Alternatively, you can park right off of the main road and just after the bus stop outside of Abergwyngolen and walk your walk to the trailhead. This will add 2 miles round trip to your journey but will save the drive up to the trailhead and save you £5.

My Experience of Aber falls Snowdonia

Honestly, one of the most forceful and impressive waterfalls I’ve ever seen, let alone in Wales. If you can time your visit to after heavy rainfall you’ll be absolutely spoiled with one of the loudest and most forceful waterfalls in the UK.

Standing impressively at 120ft tall, the waterfall is a sight to behold even from the midway point of the trail.

Highly recommend the Aber Falls hike in Snowdonia, and it’s always close to the top of the list when people ask me for recommendations for flying visits to Wales.

Given that the Aber Falls hike is so accessible and it’s a nice steady walk to an incredible waterfall, it’s one you can visit time and time again.

I absolutely love visiting the Aber Fall hike in Snowdonia and would recommend you come first thing in the morning or after recent heavy rainfall to experience it in its best light.

What to do after Aber Falls Snowdonia

You could head into Betws-y-Coed, visit the Swallow falls, get a bite to eat, and sit by the river.

If you’re looking for a good drive, then head back through Ogwen Valley. One of the best valleys in the world, hosting a plethora of hiking and climbing routes from the Ogwen Valley cottage.

If you’re looking for a mountain to climb that often gets overlooked, try this route on Moel Siabod:

Moel Siabod via Daear Ddu ridge

If you’ve any questions about Aber Falls in Snowdonia, then drop them in the comments below and I’ll be happy to help.

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