If you’re fond of Wales, then you would have definitely heard, or seen, about the Secret Waterfall in Snowdonia.
When I first saw it, I knew I had to find it for myself. Proving is not too difficult but elusive from most maps, meaning this waterfall is a passed-on secret for those that want to find it for themselves.
A seriously impressive waterfall that’s secretly hidden in a quintessential Welsh quarry. It is a must-visit if you’re visiting the South of Snowdonia, or the West of Wales.
One of Snowdonia’s last remaining secrets but more than that, it’s one of the best low-level walks I’ve done. If you’re looking to get off of the beaten path, find one of Snowdonia’s last remaining secrets, and have a little adventure along the way, then the Secret Waterfall hike in Snowdonia, Wales is for you.
With a series of beautiful cascading waterfalls down the original trail through thick forest, it’s a really beautiful spot, even if there wasn’t a secret waterfall at the end the Secret Waterfall hike in Snowdonia would still be worth a visit!
Quick Facts about the Secret Waterfall in Wakes
- Distance: Less than 5km out and back
- Time: 1-2 hours
- Best travel time: After heavy rainfall or golden hour
- Difficulty: Not difficult, but rocks near the falls can be slippery. Also remember you’re in a quarry, which can be a dangerous place to be.
- Parking: Park opposite the old Railway Inn – LL36 9YW
High Points of the Secret Waterfall Wales
- One of the last remaining hidden gems.
- Takes a good adventure to find, and the payoff is worth it.
- Lacks tourists and people.
- Absolutely beautiful waterfall at the end of the hike.
Low Points of the Secret Waterfall Wales
- In a disused mine so caution needs to be taken.
- Slippery in the wet, be careful.
How to get to the Secret Waterfall in Snowdonia
There are no official signposts for the Secret Waterfall hike in Snowdonia, but it follows the trail of another route and has some exploring to do at the end to find the secret waterfall itself.
Parking is in the center of Abergyngolyn, across the road from the village shop, there’s maybe space for 10-12 cars in there.
From the car park, follow the road up behind the houses and through to the trail. It’s fairly obvious when you’re on the trail, it’s thick forests with an amazing river following through it. Enjoy this part of the trail as you pass by dozens of cascading waterfalls and some crystal-clear pools.
Once you’ve hiked far enough you’ll come to a bridge, take a left and start climbing some elevation. Do so until you go through the kissing gate and onto the road again.
Follow this road until it forks off, and the actual trail is fairly obvious as it’s the only one you couldn’t fit a car through.
Continue on this trail until you get through the slate mine and towards the first quarry hole on your left. From here another 100m or so you’ll see a pile of old slate on your left that has somewhat of a trail through it, follow this. Then use your ears to find the waterfall, although it’s fairly obvious if you reach this point.
My Experience of finding the Secret Waterfall in Wales
When I first found the Secret Waterfall in Snowdonia, it was an incredible experience. I had heard of friends getting lost, spending hours trying to find the waterfall and all coming back empty-handed. It appeared this, rather large, waterfall was fairly elusive.
Finding it for the first time was an unreal experience, and very grateful to have found this when there was no one else here so we had it all to ourselves. Made the experience even better.
If you’re wanting a similar experience then I would strongly recommend hiking early in the morning or for sunrise, provided you’ve got the right tools to be able to hike during the dark.
The trail up towards the actual waterfall is absolutely littered with beautiful falls, crystal clear plunge pools, and an incredibly dense forest. Feels like you could be in the Philippines, minus the temperature difference of course.
If this stays somewhat of a hidden gem, then this place is one of the best in Snowdonia.
What to do after your hike to find the Secret Waterfall
Typically I’ll head to Trefor Sea Stacks and watch a sunset, or I’ll get the paddle board out and have a paddle around the stacks.
On the way home I like to stop in Conwy and get. Johnny Dough’s pizza. Which is potentially one of the best pizzas I have had anywhere in the world.
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