Rhaeadr-fawr (Aber Falls) - Nr Abergwyngregyn, Gwynedd, North Wales, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree
N 53° 12.636 W 003° 59.726
30U E 433522 N 5896160
Quick Description: Rhaeadr-fawr is known as Aber Falls in English and plunges one hundred and twenty feet.
Location: North Wales, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 7/22/2011 1:41:10 PM
Waymark Code: WMC403
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 8

Long Description:
Rhaeadr-fawr means Big Waterfall; it creates a habitat for rare plants in the moist spray on the rocks but will also freeze in the winter to create an ice-climber's paradise. The valley path is a gentle climb with its beautiful views. Then you must take the high route back to the car as this commands a spectacular view to the sea and down into the valley.

Wikipedia has an article on Aber Falls: visit link

'Aber Falls (Rhaeadr Fawr in Welsh) is a waterfall located about two miles (3 km) south of the village of Abergwyngregyn, Gwynedd, Wales.

The waterfall is formed as the Afon Goch plunges about 120 feet (37 m) over a sill of igneous rock in the foothills of the Carneddau range. Two tributaries merge; the enlarged stream is known as Afon Rhaeadr Fawr; from the road bridge, Bont Newydd, the name becomes Afon Aber.

History
Visitors walking along the main footpath towards the falls may spot several small Bronze Age settlements including an excavated roundhouse and smithy fenced off with an information plaque adorning it, several standing stones and cairns are also present, most of these sites can be found on the right side of the pathway. There is also a piece of recording equipment that is recording the weather.

Visitor facilities
Visitors can park at Bont Newydd, from where the Falls are accessible on foot on a clearly marked trackway. There is a small charge for parking but there are toilets and picnic benches available. The nearest place where food can be purchased is the cafe in the tourist information centre at Aber village.

It is possible to bath in the plunge pool of the falls, although the water is cold even at the height of summer and care must be taken on the often slippery rocks.

North Wales Path
The North Wales Path, a long distance coastal path between Prestatyn and Bangor, crosses the bridge at the foot of the falls. This bridge, together with the smaller one at the foot of the smaller falls to the west (Rhaeadr Fach), was erected in 1995.'

Type: Horsetail

Parking Coordinates: N 53° 13.692 W 004° 00.310

Watercourse: Afon Goch

Waterfall Height: 120

Seasonality: Perennial

Seasons of Best Flow: From: 10/1/2011 To: 3/31/2011

Viewpoint: Bottom

Path Up and Down: None

Walk Behind: Not at all

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