Aber Falls is a waterfall in North Wales with a 120ft (37m) drop. It’s situated a few miles from the main A55 coastal road and is easily accessible via a short walk from the car park.
Aber Falls is a beautiful waterfall but the real fun for us here is using it as a starting/ending point for challenging hiking and running trail routes across the Carneddau range of mountains
There is a good amount of public car park space at postcode LL33 0LP.
Aber Falls Trail Route
Fantastic challenging circular hiking and running route taking in multiple mountains of the Carneddau range with over 3,500ft of climb in 9 miles of trail.
Distance 9 miles
Time 2 hours (running) 3.5 hours (walking)
Total Descent 3,628ft
Summits Moel Winion, Gyrn, Drosgl, Bera Bach, Bera Mawr.
Views the Carneddau mountains, the Irish sea, North Wales coast and Anglesey.
1. Starting at the public car park, there’s a well maintained path to the first big waterfall. From there we head to our right, through a gate that happily states “no short route back to the car park from here”. After a short distance the second waterfall meets the path and we take the narrow trail on it’s left hand side, working our way all the way to the top. There’s a couple of great big squared off boulders to sunbathe on nice days, after the steep scramble.
2. Crossing the valley and heading up Moel Winion is next, getting the worst of the ascents through before halfway on the loop. Downhill to Gyrn, which is just a big pile of rocks to the side of the path.
3. After a long slow uphill, the three highest summits are in quick succession with very little rise and fall – Drosgl, Bera Bach and Bera Mawr. We wander off trail through the boulder field to the north of Bera Mawr, dropping back down into a fern filled valley with a stream that eventually feeds the “main” Aber Falls waterfall.
4. With that stream on our left (plenty of places to cross over via rocks and boulders), there is a clear path that runs downhill, crossing a scree field after passing the waterfall, and reaching the proper path back down to the car park.
Aber Falls & Carneddau Video
This short video was filmed on a run around the Carneddau, starting and ending at Aber Falls, in January 2019.