Two miles south of the village of Abergwyngregyn (mercifully referred to as Aber) are Aber Falls: Two beautiful waterfalls, about 40 meters tall. This is one of the most visited natural sights in North Wales with around 50K visitors walking up to Aber Falls and beyond each year. This is a nice and easy walk on a very well maintained path, up to the waterfall with great views along the way .
Total distance: 6.4 km - 3.9 miles
Height gain: 271 meter
Time: Approx 3 hours
There are 2 car parks at the beginning of the path; lower and upper car parks, with WC facilities at the upper car park. A fee of £2 is charged for all day parking, which is very reasonable and there are a lot of spaces, however watch out for the narrow meandering road from the A55 through the village of Aber to the car parks. In busy times this single track road can be a real pain and cars travelling in both directions often get stuck and have to reverse to give way. This becomes even harder when there is a queue of 5 or 6 cars which all have to reverse to give way to allow oncoming cars to pass. You may be better off parking at the village (Aber) and walking the half a mile or so. It is just as beautiful a path here, by the river side, as it is further up near the falls.
Although this is a circular path, the first part, from the car park to the falls is very easy. It is well maintained, well signposted, with a very gradual ascent to the falls. There is even a signpost at the car park saying “pushchair route”. Many visitors, especially the ones with young children, use this route to get to the falls and then return the same way. Sometimes it is just nice to enjoy the views and not have to worry about getting mud on your trouser bottoms.
For the more adventurous, the walk back from Aber Falls crosses the river to the right via a wooden bridge and then ascends on to a rough track which runs along the head of the valley. You would have to cross a couple of small streams before you get to the second smaller, but no less magnificent waterfall. The rough track back can be muddy and mud can be slippery so a degree of care is needed but nothing to worry the seasoned walkers. This section usually is quiet with only a handful of walkers and you do get the feeling that you are in wilderness (you are not really). Keep a look out for ravens, buzzards and if you are lucky peregrine falcons in the skies above you.
The track eventually joins the North Wales Coastal Path. You will have a fantastic view of the sea, Penmon village on Anglesey and Puffin Island in front of you. The last section is a steep hillside descent. Here the track is very narrow and steep. The magnificent views don’t help here as you need to be looking down at where you are going to avoid a fall. Before long you are at the bottom of the valley and on the road back to the car park. A well-earned cup of tea, a sandwich and another glorious day in Snowdonia.