Description: An easy circular walk to Aber Falls, or an even easier there-and-back walk.
Parking Information: Free parking in Abergwyngregyn.
In need of a low-level, easy walk to help my legs recover from recent hikes, I chose to pay my first visit to Aber Falls. There are a couple of options for parking here: I chose the free car park in Abergwyngregyn but you could drive about half a mile further along this route to the pay-and-display (£2) car park.
The route from the free car park follows a quiet lane to begin with, then once you reach the pay-and-display car park there is a clear, wide, gravel path all the way to the falls. There’s nothing difficult about this section of the route, and you could turn around and retrace your steps for a very easy but satisfying walk.
Regardless of which return route you choose, it’s worth crossing the bridge over the river to view the falls from the other side, and higher up.
If you choose to follow the rest of this route back to the start, the path is more natural from here on, which means rocks, mud, grass and a little more climbing than the first half. The path is less well defined in some places too, which makes navigation a little trickier than the initial following of the wide path, but the views are worth the effort.
The final descent is on a steep, narrow, and slippery track, so caution is required here.
Once you rejoin the lane, it’s simply a case of following it back to the start – right to the pay-and-display car park, left to the free one. I didn’t have the greatest weather on this walk, but I would have to say that it probably provides the greatest reward to effort ratio of any walk I’ve ever done, and if you just do the out-and-back route it makes for a very easy and enjoyable walk.
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