Grey Mares Tail waterfall in Wales, also known as Rhaedr Y Parc Mawr, is one of the little hidden Snowdonian gems I always tell people to visit if they’re around Betws-Y-Coed or Llanwrst!
Having lived in Wales nearly all of my life, and visited Snowdonia many a time Grey Mare’s waterfall still remained elusive to me until recent times.
Given the fact I had probably driven passed it hundreds of times, it’s mad to think that this beautiful waterfall is forgotten about in Snowdonia. But is so easy to find, and super accessible too!
If you’re looking for a beautiful waterfall, with not too much of a hike. Then the Grey Mare’s Waterfall hike in Wales is for you.
Quick Facts about the Grey Mare’s Waterfall Wales
- Distance: Less than 1km out and back
- Time: 1 hour
- Best travel time: After heavy rainfall or golden hour
- Difficulty: Not too difficult, but there’s some elevation if you come from the main road.
- Parking: Betws-y-Coed, Trefriw LL26 0PN
High Points of the Grey Mare’s Waterfall Wales
- Seemingly a forgotten waterfall.
- Easy to find and really accessible.
- Lacks tourists and people.
- Absolutely beautiful waterfall with minimal effort required.
Low Points of the Secret Waterfall Wales
Slippery in the wet, be careful.
How to get to Grey Mare’s Waterfall
There are no official signposts for this waterfall. Well, at least the ones I have seen. That said, it is on google maps and it is really easy to find so following this guide you really shouldn’t have too much of an issue getting here.
Park at the Gwydir Mawr and Bach car park, and then walk back down the road you used to come in on.
When at the crossroads, go straight over and passed the house on your right.
You’ll cross a small bridge that leads to the waterfall but carry on walking and look for a small wooden kissing gate on your right.
Follow the steps down and you’re there.
Grey Mare’s waterfall, in all her glory!
My Experience of Grey Mares Tail Waterfall, Wales
Considering it’s been here the whole time I have lived in Wales, and with the rise of other waterfalls in the area. I am super surprised that this waterfall didn’t come to my attention sooner.
It requires minimal effort which is what the IG community seems the crave these days…
It’s absolutely beautiful.
And it is in Wales.
What more could you want?
That being said. When I finally got around to coming to see this waterfall, I was pleasantly surprised. Especially given the size of the stream that feeds the waterfall.
It’s so much bigger than I had anticipated.
The woodland area is beautiful too and if you follow the path down there is another waterfall worth a little exploring too. Not as big, or as impressive, as its big sister, but still worth a go!
What to do after visiting Grey Mare’s Waterfall
You’ll have potentially crossed the bridge with the cute little tea house, Tu Hwnt, on the way in. If you haven’t been then you have to go and get some cake and a hot drink before leaving Llanwrst.
Just around the corner is Betws Y Coed, which is home to Swallow falls. If you’ve not had your waterfall fix yet, this could help. That or grab a pizza from the famous Hanging Pizzeria.
But if you’re making a weekend of it, here are some more ideas for you to tackle whilst you’re in god’s country, also known as Wales.
Tryfan via North Ridge
Moel Siabod via Daedu Ridge
Secret Waterfall hike in Snowdonia, Wales