Aber Falls is a beautiful popular waterfall, just a few winding roads from the A55 expressway.
The “main” waterfall is truly lovely, but many visitors stop short of heading to the longer second waterfall, let alone the nearby mountains, all of which makes a great 9 mile trail loop.
This loop has a fairly chunky 3,628ft of ascent, some is very steep and a challenge for the legs.
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.