Aber Falls (Rhaeadr Fawr in Welsh) was the primary hike we did as a household of 5 and it was the easiest way to start!
What’s to not love a couple of magical forestry stroll resulting in an unimaginable waterfall with rock swimming pools on the backside to dip your toes in!? It was good for our younger household and I extremely suggest it if you happen to’re in North Wales.
1. The place is Aber Falls?
Aber Falls is in Gwynedd in North Wales. It’s simply off the A55 at junction 13 and it’s very simple to search out and get to.
Use the deal with: Abergwyngregyn, Llanfairfechan LL33 0LP
to search out Aber Falls automobile park with Google Maps or your sat nav. It’s signposted once you get shut so it’s laborious to overlook.
2. How excessive is Aber Falls Waterfall?
The waterfall is 37 metres excessive and plunges right into a pool that’s good for courageous swimmers!
On the backside of the falls there are many shallow, rocky swimming pools which might be nice for youths to clamber over and climb.
3. Is it appropriate for kids?
Plenty of issues I learn on-line in regards to the Aber Falls footpath means that the hike could be very troublesome and you must be an skilled hiker to do it. That is completely not true.
We did the Aber Falls stroll with a double pushchair!
My six yr previous son managed it with no issues. My 4 yr previous did ¾ of the stroll however obtained drained on the way in which again to the automobile so he jumped within the pushchair on the finish. And my 18 month previous even walked some sections of it. It actually isn’t troublesome. I’m not saying it’s a stroll within the park however you don’t should be an skilled hiker!
And that’s why it’s such an ideal hike for a younger household or teams with inexperienced walkers, mobility points and totally different health ranges.
The pushchair we now have is an off-road buggy. It’s the Mountain Buggy Duet so it’s good for all-terrain and you’ll wrestle with a wheelchair or an everyday pram however we did see loads of households with regular umbrella strollers!
4. The Aber Falls path
The Aber Falls footpath is gorgeous so this stroll isn’t all in regards to the waterfall! There are many native crops alongside the footpath and a great deal of wildlife and issues to cease and have a look at. There are even archaeological stays thought to this point again over 2,000 years!
The path is effectively signposted and simple to comply with. You actually couldn’t get misplaced.
The path doesn’t run alongside the river like many waterfall walks do. You’ll stroll by means of the timber and fields so that you virtually lose your bearings and really feel uncertain as to when the waterfall will seem.
How lengthy does the stroll take?
The stroll to the waterfall would take lower than half-hour for a match grownup.
As we have been with younger youngsters it took about an hour every manner and that included plenty of stops and snack breaks!
There are two automobile parks however they’re shut collectively so don’t fear about which one you find yourself parking in.
The path is stoned all the way in which so it’s simple to stroll alongside but it surely does have a gradual incline on the way in which to the waterfall. I wouldn’t say you must be notably match, it’s possible you’ll simply have to go gradual! Fortunately, the stroll again is a gradual downhill so it’s a lot simpler.
We pushed our pushchair for 90% of the way in which till we got here to some steps on the finish. We then left the pushchair on the aspect of the trail and carried our little woman. I’m not going to lie, elements of the stroll have been a little bit of a tough slog with the pushchair however we managed it collectively and it was so value it to have on the way in which again with a simple push downhill with two drained children!
5. Aber Falls automobile park
Aber Falls has two small automobile parks and might accommodate round 30 automobiles. There may be an higher automobile park and a decrease automobile park. It’s typically very busy so it’s unlikely you’ll have a lot alternative about which automobile park you find yourself in!
It prices £5 and must be paid in money so be sure to’ve obtained 5 x £1 cash!
It is a fashionable stroll so I extremely suggest arriving at round 9am to make sure you get a parking house.
We visited on a stunning Saturday in June. We arrived at 10am and obtained one of many final parking areas within the automobile park.
If there isn’t any house within the automobile park then there’s a carpark on the entrance to the village and it’s an additional 30 minute stroll.
When driving into the Aber Falls automobile park you’ll go alongside a single monitor highway by means of Abergwyngregyn. We’ve heard that on busy days the highway can develop into congested and it’s troublesome to get by means of the village. We didn’t have any issues throughout our go to however be sure to get there early simply in case!
6. Is it busy?
Sure, it’s busy. It wasn’t busy sufficient to damage it for us however I wouldn’t go right here if you happen to’re anticipating solitude.
7. What’s the Aber Falls Round Route?
There may be one other stroll you are able to do known as the Round Route. It’s a 4 mile stroll and takes about 3 hours. We didn’t do it however yow will discover extra data right here. This stroll provides you views throughout to Anglesey on the way in which again. Hopefully I’ll be updating this put up when my children are a bit older and we’re in a position to do that one too!
8. What do you have to put on to stroll to Aber Falls?
I wouldn’t say you want any specialist tools however that is Wales so it’s at all times finest to be ready for rain! I wouldn’t put on flip flops and positively wouldn’t put on heels and I additionally wouldn’t put on denims if there’s an opportunity of rain. However aside from that you just’d be OK in most clothes!
Disclaimer: These images have been all taken for a marketing campaign I used to be engaged on with Eager Footwear, which is why we’re all sporting Eager sandals. They have been completely good for this stroll and all of us cherished them. It’s almost a yr later and we’re nonetheless all sporting them.
I like to recommend sporting/packing:
- Snug, grippy footwear
- Probably strolling sandals if it’s a sizzling day and also you may paddle within the river
- Cozy activewear (however realistically you would put on something)
- A packable waterproof jacket
- Packable waterproof trousers if it seems prefer it may rain
- A small backpack for drinks and snacks
- Caps for sunny days and hats for chilly days
- A flask of tea or espresso (I often depart this within the automobile for after the stroll)
- A towel if you happen to plan to paddle or swim
- Swimsuit if you happen to plan to go proper in!
- Digital camera
9. Aber Falls Whiskey Distillery
The Aber Falls Whiskey Distillery is close by and you can also make this a full time out by tagging on a distillery tour! It’s also possible to do a gin lab expertise to make your individual gin.
There may be additionally a customer centre and a riverside bistro which seems beautiful!
10. Suggestions for visiting Aber Falls
- Get there early – earlier than 9am if it’s a pleasant weekend
- Take 5 x £1 cash for the automobile park
- If it’s busy remember you’ll have to park within the free automobile park within the village (30 minute stroll to the beginning of the path)
- Take a picnic
- Contemplate visiting the Aber Falls Whiskey Distillery and bistro afterwards
- It’s appropriate for off-road prams
- If you happen to don’t have an off-road pram, a child provider could be higher
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