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Aber Falls Path


Aber Falls Path

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.

This is a challenging path, and should not be attempted unless you are totally confident. Take care while travelling along the path, especially following bad weather.

How to get there?
Abergwyngregyn is located on the north Wales coast. Leave the A55 at junction 13, following the signs for ‘Abergwyngregyn’ and then the brown signs for ‘Rhaeadr Aber’ / ‘Aber Falls’.

Two accessible car parks, public toilets and accessible picnic table in the upper car park, an interpretation centre located on the path to Rhaeadr Fawr.

Audio Guide:

Distance: 2 miles - 3.2km (one way)

Grade: Access for All Walk

Start/Finish: Aber Falls car park

Parking: Aber Falls car park owned by the SNPA but maintained by the community.

Post Code: LL33 0LP

Relevant Map: OS Ordnans Exp OL17 (Snowdon & the Conwy Valley)

This map is intended as a rough guide only. You should use the most recent version of the relevant Ordnance Survey map (see above) when walking the route.

Route Details

What is special about this path?
Abergwyngregyn was an important dwelling place for the Princes of Gwynedd, and archaeological remains suggest that man has lived in this area since pre-historic times, over 2000 years ago. Rhaeadr Fawr (Aber Falls) and the Aber plantation epitomise Snowdonia’s heritage and nature, and the path to the falls passes through the natural habitat of many local plants and trees. Wandering along the path, you will get a glimpse of Snowdonia’s wildlife, native plants and beautiful views, including Rhaeadr Fawr.

The Forestry Commission owns the upper car park and the lower car park is owned by the National Park Authority, although it is managed by the Community Council. The Countryside Council for Wales is responsible for maintenance work on the path, and they, along with Bangor University, own parts of the land there. The Forestry Commission owns the woodland.


  • There is an accessible picnic table in the upper car park.
  • There is a large public toilet in the upper car park.
  • There is a more accessible entrance to the path a short way down the road to the lower car park from the upper car park.
  • The path is wide.
  • The path has a rough surface and some pot holes, and there are some steep stretches.
  • The woodland is not accessible for wheelchairs or pushchairs.
  • Wide gates can be opened with a RADAR key when locked.
  • Kissing gates on the trail are wide.
  • Those who use manual wheelchairs may experience greater difficulty than those who use an electric wheelchair on this path.
  • There is a more challenging path through the woodland (which is unsuitable for wheelchairs), or a more accessible path along the river.