Ever since we moved to North Wales, one of the places that people kept telling me to visit was Aber Falls. A few weekends ago, we finally managed to get there.It is probably one of the most beautiful places I have ever been – perfect for those all important Instagram photos!
Aber Falls is 120ft waterfall located a couple of miles outside of the village of Abergwyngregyn, off the A55. You go through a little sleepy village and follow a rather narrow, windy road. Go slowly – if you meet a car coming the other way you might need to reverse or pull right over to the side – a little bit unnerving when there is a steep drop and a stream next to you! There are a couple of small car parks, costing just £2 to park all day. In the top carpark, there are some toilets, but that’s the only one we spotted on our walk.
There are at least two walks from the car park to the falls. Although Benjamin wasn’t in his buggy, we decided to do the pushchair friendly route, which was a 2.75 mile round walk. It’s a gravel path, and a lot of it is up quite a steep hill, but the views are more than worth it. I wasn’t sure I was going to make it, but it eventually flattens out and becomes much easier. There are sheep everywhere, and a couple of gates that you need to close behind you, but that adds to the fun!
The falls themselves are absolutely spectacular. I was expecting it to be a lot noisier than it was, but it was so lovely and peaceful. Of course, Graham had to go clambering over the rocks and exploring whilst we sat and enjoyed the views. In the summer, you can go for a dip in the pool, but it is really cold!
We decided to cross over the little bridge and sit by the stream. I can imagine it gets really busy here on a nice day – it wasn’t particularly warm when we went and there were plenty of people sitting around with picnics. The kids and Graham braved taking their shoes and socks off and paddling in the stream. It was icy cold, but crystal clear, probably the clearest water I have ever seen!
On our second trip to the falls we didn’t actually make it all the way down to the waterfall itself. We had spotted lots of little areas along the way that we wanted to see closer, including this little patch of bluebells right next to a secluded part of the stream. It was absolutely magical, like something from a fairytale.
We sat and had a picnic, took some photos and then just played. The boys enjoyed looking for woodlice under the logs and branches, skimming stones on the stream, making ‘potions’ and climbing trees. They had lots of natural, childhood fun, using their imagination and burning off energy.
If you’re in North Wales over the summer, I definitely recommend a day out here.