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Visiting Snowdonia

Miners' Track, Snowdon


The North Coast

Visitor warning

Visitors are advised that parking at the start of the 1.2 mile long footpath to the Aber Falls is limited to approximately 30 cars in two small car parks and costs £5.

These are accessed by a largely single track road through Abergwyngregyn village and severe congestion and long delays result on busy days. Alternative free parking is available before entering the village adding approximately 30 minutes to the walk to the Falls.

The upper car parks fill up rapidly and visitors are strongly advised to avoid driving through the village.

Distance: 14.4 miles (one way)

Starting Point: Abergwyngregyn village (SH 655 725)

Finishing Point: Conwy (SH 775 775)

Equipment: Walking shoes, suitable clothing, map.

Aber Falls, Abergwyngregyn

Aber Falls, Abergwyngregyn (© SNPA)

The Journey

Part 1

a. Begin your journey at Abergwyngregyn village, and make your way up the Aber valley, to the 'Aber Falls' car park, adjacent to the Rhaeadr Fawr (Aber Falls) path.

b. There are two car parks near the path, with a more accessible path leading to the trail from the upper car park. The upper car park also has an accessible picnic table and large public toilet.

c. This trail can be steep at times, with several pot holes in the path. The trail should not be attempted unless you are totally confident. Those who use manual wheelchairs may experience greater difficulty on this trail, than those who use an electric wheelchair.

d. There is an interpretation centre on the path, with an exhibition on the Aber trees and the history of man in the area.

e. The most accessible path runs with the river, although a more challenging path, which is not accessible, leads through the plantation. The end of the path is Rhaeadr Fawr (Aber Falls), a magnificent waterfall.

f. Caffi yr Hen Felin is an accessible café in Abergwyngregyn village, where you can have a bite to eat and something to drink before, or after completing the trail. A ramp leads to the café’s main entrance, and inside, there are accessible toilets and a lift to the first floor. There aren’t any specific Blue Badge parking spaces at the café or in the village.

Part 2

a. Leave Abergwyngregyn village by car, and progress along the A55, due east, to Llanfairfechan (SH 685 745).

b. Leave the A55 at junction 14.

c. When entering Llanfairfechan, turn left at the lights for the beach. You will pass under a railway tunnel (10’3”), before reaching Lafan Sands Promenade.

d. The promenade is a flat, accessible surface. You will be able to enjoy views of Ynys Seiriol and Penmon lighthouse from here.

e. A nature reserve stands near the promenade, with an accessible path leading through it.

f. The promenade car park has an accessible toilet and several Blue Badge parking spaces.

Part 3

a. Leave Llanfairfechan along the A55, due east, travelling in the direction of Penmaenmawr.

b. Leave the A55 at junction 15a.

c. Turn off the A55 at Penmaenmawr (SH 715 765), and take the first turning on the right after the roundabout, to access the promenade. Accessible parking spaces are available.

d. On the promenade, there are accessible public toilets (which require a RADAR key to be opened) and a paddling pool and beach, both of which are accessible. From here, you can enjoy beautiful views over the Menai Straits.

e. There are Blue Badge parking spaces in the car parks on the promenade.

f. Go on to the R.S.P.B. Bird Reserve in Penmaenmawr. This is accessible, with Blue Badge parking spaces, a shop, café and toilets which are suitable for all. A wide, flat path leads through the reserve, and some of the information boards on the path are also presented in Braille.

Part 4

a. Leave Penmaenmawr, on the A55, due east, and go on to Conwy (SH 775 775).

b. Leave the A55 at junction 17.

c. Conwy is an historic town, where one of Edward I’s most magnificent castles stands. The castle was built between 1283 and 1289. From here, you will be able to enjoy a leisurely walk around the quay and Conway itself.

Header image - Morfa Harlech (© Crown copyright (2014) Visit Wales)