Snowdonia and the larger North Wales is known for its mountains, beaches, rivers and spectacular landscape. But it also features a range of roaring waterfalls that run through the Snowdonia National Park.
Some of the waterfalls are simply breath-taking as you watch millions of litres fall hundreds of metres below. Others even freeze during the cold winter, making them a haven for ice climbers from all over the world.
If you’re a waterfall lover or looking for a change of scenery in Snowdonia, these ten waterfalls will give you the best value for your money.
Located in the heart of Dyserth Town in North Wales, these falls are the backdrop of a village known for its scenic beauty. The falls tip over a 70-foot cliff on the River Flyddion, which feeds into River Clwyd.
There are artificially made stairways that people can use to climb to the top and enjoy the views of the valley from the top.
The waterfall is very close to The New Inn, where you can get free car parking and toilets, making access to the waterfalls on foot easy and convenient.
This is easily one of the best waterfalls Snowdonia has to offer. The waterfalls from a height of 120 feet from the Carneddau mountain range to its foothill, which is comprised of igneous rocks. The site of the falls is located close to the Abergwyngregyn village. The waterfalls are from two tributaries that join to form River Afon Aber.
These are actually two waterfalls; Rhaeadr Fawr and Rhaeadr Bach, which come together to form massive falls.
The best access to the falls is from Bont Newydd or the New Bridge. From here, you can walk up the 4km distance to the starting point of the falls. There is a well-marked route so that you won’t get lost.
Ceunant Mawr Waterfall
This is also known as Llanberis Falls after Llanberis town, which is located a mere kilometre from the origin of the fall.
It is considered one of the top waterfalls in North Wales as its Welsh name ‘Ceunant Mawr’ (waterfall of the great ravine) means. The falls plunge 100 feet into a deep gorge through which River Afon Arddu flows. You can easily view the falls from Snowdon Mountain Railway station and there’s a more dedicated viewing spot a higher location, which offers a broader and clearer view of the falls.
Swallow Falls is located on Afon Llugwy, two miles to the picturesque village of Betws-y-Coed in Conway Valley.
The falls are also known as Rhaeadr Ewynnol and are among the most popular in Snowdonia National Park. The majestic site is a series of waterfalls considered to be one of the longest in the area. There are multiple viewing platforms accessible through various steep series of steps.
There’s a 9km walk from Betws-y-Coed, Llyn Sarnau Lake, or Ty Hill with a 350 metres ascent before getting to the falls.
Conwy Falls are on the last part of River Conwy before it jumps 50 feet into a pool. The locals call the falls Rhaeadr y Graig Lwyd. The entrance of the falls goes through a turnstile, which tourists have to pay a nominal fee to cross and enter the Conwy Falls Forest Park and descent to the site of the falls as they jump into the rocky gorge.
Getting to the falls is a quick 15-minutes walk from the Conwy Falls Café to a place known as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Grey Mare’s Tail Waterfall
This is a wonder of nature that is neatly hidden inside the concealed dense forest near Gwydir Castle on the edge of Snowdonia National Park.
Grey Mare’s Tail comprises of two waterfalls separated by a huge rock called the Rhaeadr y Parc Mawr. Unlike most other falls, this one is not popular among the Snowdonia falls and hence not overcrowded.
It remains quite the sight to see as the falls plunge into a pool that flows into River Conwy. Access to the falls is through B5 106, where visitors need to take a steep path after parking at the gate of Coed Felin Blwm.
The most captivating part of the Fairy Falls is not the falls but the angled rock surface that the waterfalls on. It’s rumoured the rock was formed during the Ice Age. However, the falls are no small feat either. Waterfalls from a height of 25 feet into River Crafnant, which flows from Llyn Crafnant.
Locally known as Rhaeadr y Tylwth Teg, the falls got their name because people believe that fairies live here.
Getting to the falls starts at Fairy Falls Inn or the Trefriw Wooden Mill. From here, you walk through the woods of Fairy Glen. Before getting to the main falls, you will be graced by a series of smaller waterfalls on this route, but you will be required to pay a nominal entrance fee.
Ceunant Cynfal Waterfall
This is actually a series of waterfalls that are located on River Cynfal, which is a short and fast-flowing river that runs through a glacial gorge.
The falls are locally known as Rhaeadr Ceunant Mawr Waterfall. It might not seem like it, but these were the most popular falls in North Wales during the Victorian era. Other than the falls, you get to enjoy the beautiful lush scenery courtesy of the different types of ferns that grow here.
Nantcol is a series of beautiful cascading waterfalls. The falls are frequented by campers that love to explore the clearly marked walks called the Riverside, and the Woodland Walks that lead to the falls.
The Falls are located on River Nantcol, also known as Afon Cwmnantcol, which flows at the foot of the Rhinogs mountain range.
These magnificent falls consist of three waterfalls that flow down a ravine among the thick woods, forming the Nant Dol-Goch stream that flows into Afon Fathew.
The falls are located between Abergynolwyn and Tywyn in the southern part of Snowdonia near the Dolgoch Station.
The lowest fall is the easiest to reach, while the higher ones are very steep. You can reach the falls by trains that go directly into the ravine or follow the clearly marked walkways surrounding the waterfalls.