A circular walk of 5.2 miles including 985 feet of elevation overall. Start Point: The service road off the A55 slipway by Aber Falls Hotel, Abergwyngregyn, Llanfairfechan. LL33 OLP
Map References: 6562572840 or Lat: 53.235540 Lon: -4.014783
An easy circuit taking in Aber Falls. The waterfall is formed as the Afon Goch plunges about 120 feet over a sill of igneous rock in the foothills of the Carneddau range; especially spectacular in full spate after heavy rain or suspended in ice and snow as per the photo: spot the ice-climbers! Abergwyngregyn is a small picturesque village with a long and varied history, located between Bangor and Llanfairfechan on the North Wales Coast, opposite Beaumaris which lies across the Menai Strait. Along the main footpath towards the falls there are several small Bronze Age settlements including an excavated roundhouse and smithy, fenced off with an information plaque. Aber Falls Whisky Distillery is one of only four in Wales, and the first in North Wales since the early 1900s – still using specially crafted Welsh ingredients from the surrounding area.
- Take the road that winds up through the village. After approx one mile, the road swings sharp left over a stone bridge. Ignore this turning and go straight on through a small car park, and through the gate.
- The route here is straightforward and well-signed along a wide path which follows the river upstream towards The Falls.
- The path continues across the front of The Falls, down some stone steps and over a wooden footbridge to cross the river, before ascending the other side.
- Continue through the gate, signed for the North Wales Path. This lesser-populated section of the walk continues past another, smaller waterfall to the left, and then begins to ascend to the right.
- The gradual climb affords good views across the valley and eventually, the Menai Strait, Puffin Island and Anglesey. The Great Orme comes into view at the highest point of the walk.
- Once over the stile, there are options here to return to the car park, but cease following any signs for the North Wales path which continues parallel to the coast and bears left towards Bangor. Instead, head downhill, taking the steep, right-hand track on the side of the hill which will return you to the village.
- Alternatively, continue onto the wide track ahead and follow this, passing over a couple of stiles alongside gates as the path winds downhill before presenting an optional sharp right towards a cluster of cottages and an old kissing gate. Go through the gate and bear left down the driveway. At the end of this lane, turn right and follow the road a short distance to a T junction. Turn right here, and the car park is on the left.