Top 12 Best Waterfalls in Wales
Wales is a country soaked in stunning green landscapes, carved by glaciers and massive mountains and valleys. It’s also home to some of the best roaring waterfalls, often steeped in legends and myth, some claiming the waterfalls to be an entrance to magical fairy kingdoms.
Whether you’re coming to visit these magical cascades for their beauty or their historical myths, your exploration is never complete if you haven’t seen any of these 12 waterfalls that are among the best Wales has to offer.
Pistyll Rhaeadr is a three-stage waterfall with a 73m drop. This magnificent waterfall is also referred to as one of the tallest waterfalls in Wales, or Wales’ tallest single drop waterfall.
Although this is not true because the Devil’s Appendix is Snowdonia National Park is the tallest single drop fall, it makes for a great story.
To put the wonder that is Pistyll Rhaeadr into perspective, it is one of the seven wonders of Wales and definitely one of the most impressive.
The busiest time is during the summer months. There is a single 4-mile track road used to access the falls, which makes it tedious to get to the falls, especially when you arrive when most of the people are leaving.
Swgd Ddwli Isaf and Sgwd Ddwli Uchaf
The Waterfall Country has several stunning waterfalls. What makes this location a walker’s paradise is how easy and family-friendly it is to walk. A quick cross over the river and to the left takes you to Sgwd Gwladus. A turn to the right will take you to the Sgwd Ddwli Isaf and Sgwd Ddwli Uchaf – a pair of gorgeous falls.
These might not be the highest or the most powerful falls in the region. But what they lack in might they make up for in grace and beauty.
Sgwd Einion Gam
The path from the Elidir trail is one of the most adventurous hikes. It starts from Sgwd Gwladus and takes you to a little-known Welsh Waterfall. From Sgwd Gwladus, you will cross a river several times before walking along the eroded paths on the river bank. The path, though adventurous, is not an official one, so you should practice caution when walking.
The greatest feature the Sgwd Einion Gam has to offer is a myth. It’s thought that Princess Gwladus, King Brychan’s most beautiful daughter, threw herself in the icy river after her father refused to allow the marriage between her and a peasant she had fallen in love with called Einion. The beautiful fall formed in her walk. The second fall was formed after Einion also threw himself in the river when he couldn’t save the princess.
Swallow falls is one of the most breath-taking falls in Wales. The best way to see the falls is on the Afon Llugwy from the northern bank.
There is a narrow dramatic path with overhead crags that adds to the excitement of seeing the falls. Swallow Falls is revered by photographs, with most capturing the falls from the south bank with the hotel car park where you can see the falls in all their glory.
Sgwd Yr Eira Waterfall
This waterfall is the star attraction of the Brecon Beacons’ Waterfall Country Walk. The name means the fall of snow in Welsh.
This stunning waterfall tumbles over a 50-foot cliff creating a beautiful veil of water. Despite the impressive physical achievements, the most amazing feature of this fall is that you can walk behind it. It is a truly exceptional experience filled with thrill and danger.
The path behind the waterfall is slippery, rocky and wet. Taking up the challenge to walk behind the fall requires adequate preparation, including having decent waterproofs and hiking boots.
Sgwd Uchaf Clun – Gwyn
If you’re taking a tour of Waterfall Country, this is the first waterfall that you’re going to encounter. The name of the fall loosely translates to ‘upper fall of the white meadow.’
It’s a set of two falls a mere hundred metres apart. The upper falls have loud thunder and fall dramatically into River Mellte below.
The lower falls are not as thunderous, but they are a picturesque cascade that flows into a steep gorge that is just as exhilarating.
Pistyll Cain Waterfalls
You can find the Pistyll Cain Waterfalls just below the Pont Gwyn-fynndd and the National Cycle Route 82. You will find that the few minutes you take off the trail to see this magnificent fall will be totally worth it.
The falls crash over 65 feet below into a splash pool. At the foot of the falls is the confluence of River Gain and River Mawddach. If you have the time, you can also go up River Mawddach to catch Rhaeadr Mawddach Falls, which are also worth the trouble.
Wolf’s Leap Wild Swim Spot
The Wolf’s Leap is not the most breath-taking fall in Wales. But it makes up for its shortcomings in numerous little ways that make it just as exciting to see and experience as the other falls.
The fall is accessible through a small path that is cut into the rock. It is a deep pool found along River Irfon. The river cuts through a narrow gorge that cuts into the rock. It’s not only a nice little fall to see, but it’s also a great place to catch a swim. You can also set up a picnic on the banks where you can take in the spectacular and serene valley.
Ceunant Mawr Waterfall
This magnificent waterfall is often overlooked, making it an excellent spot for hikers that love hidden gems. It’s a great place to take some memorable photos, especially when the sun is out. The waterfall is surprisingly big, and you appreciate its size when you see it from the top.
Sgwd y Pannwr Waterfall
Fall of the fuller or fall of the woollen washer, as it is also known, is the lowermost of the three beloved falls on the Mellte. It looks like something from a jungle book scene with its broad and dramatic demeanour.