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 few magical forestry stroll resulting in an unbelievable waterfall with rock swimming pools on the backside to dip your ft in!? It was good for our younger household and I extremely advocate it in the event you’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 automotive park with Google Maps or your sat nav. It’s signposted if you get shut so it’s onerous 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 youngsters?
A number of issues I learn on-line concerning the Aber Falls footpath means that the hike may be very tough 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My six 12 months outdated son managed it with no issues. My 4 12 months outdated did ¾ of the stroll however acquired drained on the way in which again to the automotive so he jumped within the pushchair on the finish. And my 18 month outdated even walked some sections of it. It actually isn’t tough. I’m not saying it’s a stroll within the park however you don’t have to 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 completely different health ranges.
The pushchair we have now is an off-road buggy. It’s the Mountain Buggy Duet so it’s good for all-terrain and you’d battle 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 concerning the waterfall! There are many native vegetation alongside the footpath and a great deal of wildlife and issues to cease and take a look at. There are even archaeological stays thought thus far again over 2,000 years!
The path is properly signposted and simple to observe. You actually couldn’t get misplaced.
The path doesn’t run alongside the river like many waterfall walks do. You’ll stroll by way of the bushes and fields so that you virtually lose your bearings and really feel not sure 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 approach and that included a number of stops and snack breaks!
There are two automotive 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 nevertheless it does have a gradual incline on the way in which to the waterfall. I wouldn’t say you must be significantly match, chances are 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 lady. I’m not going to lie, components of the stroll have been a little bit of a tough slog with the pushchair however we managed it collectively and it was so price it to have on the way in which again with a simple push downhill with two drained children!
5. Aber Falls automotive park
Aber Falls has two small automotive parks and might accommodate round 30 automobiles. There may be an higher automotive park and a decrease automotive park. It’s typically very busy so it’s unlikely you’ll have a lot selection about which automotive park you find yourself in!
It prices £5 and must be paid in money so ensure you’ve acquired 5 x £1 cash!
This can be a common stroll so I extremely advocate arriving at round 9am to make sure you get a parking house.
We visited on a beautiful Saturday in June. We arrived at 10am and acquired one of many final parking areas within the automotive park.
If there isn’t a house within the automotive 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 automotive park you’ll go alongside a single monitor highway by way of Abergwyngregyn. We’ve heard that on busy days the highway can develop into congested and it’s tough to get by way of the village. We didn’t have any issues throughout our go to however ensure you 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 in the event you’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 you 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 submit when my children are a bit older and we’re ready to do that one too!
8. What must you put on to stroll to Aber Falls?
I wouldn’t say you want any specialist gear 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 apart 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 carrying Eager sandals. They have been completely good for this stroll and all of us cherished them. It’s almost a 12 months later and we’re nonetheless all carrying them.
I like to recommend carrying/packing:
- Comfy, grippy footwear
- Probably strolling sandals if it’s a sizzling day and also you would possibly paddle within the river
- Comfortable activewear (however realistically you could possibly put on something)
- A packable waterproof jacket
- Packable waterproof trousers if it appears to be like prefer it would possibly rain
- A small backpack for drinks and snacks
- Caps for sunny days and hats for chilly days
- A flask of tea or espresso (I normally go away this within the automotive for after the stroll)
- A towel in the event you plan to paddle or swim
- Swimsuit in the event you plan to go proper in!
9. Aber Falls Whiskey Distillery
The Aber Falls Whiskey Distillery is close by and you may make this a full day trip by tagging on a distillery tour! You may as well do a gin lab expertise to make your individual gin.
There may be additionally a customer centre and a riverside bistro which appears to be like beautiful!
10. Ideas for visiting Aber Falls
- Get there early – earlier than 9am if it’s a pleasant weekend
- Take 5 x £1 cash for the automotive park
- If it’s busy bear in mind you’ll have to park within the free automotive park within the village (30 minute stroll to the beginning of the path)
- Take a picnic
- Think about visiting the Aber Falls Whiskey Distillery and bistro afterwards
- It’s appropriate for off-road prams
- In the event you don’t have an off-road pram, a child service could be higher