|Trail:||Coedydd Aber Trail NNR Snowdonia National Park|
|Contributor:||NatResWales||Activity Type:||Walking||Difficulty:||Average||Distance:||2.277 mi (3.665 km)|
|Description:||The main attraction for visitors to Coedydd Aber National Nature Reserve has long been the spectacular 120 ft waterfall Rhaedr Fawr (also known as Aber falls), a popular beauty spot. But there is also plenty to see on the way. In fact the valley has been inhabited by humans for over three thousand years. Look out for the remains of Bronze and Iron Age hut circles on the valley floor.
The woodland is made up of oak, hazel, alder, ash and wych elm. Beneath the woodland canopy, spring flowers emerge covering the ground with a glorious carpet of bluebells and wood anemone.
On the ffridd (the land between the valley floor and the high mountain) the hawthorn and crab-apple trees create a foam of white flowers in May.
The humidity produced near the waterfall and along the edges of the river, especially near the gorge, makes ideal conditions for a variety of mosses, liverworts and ferns.
The resident woodland bird population swells in the spring with the arrival of migrant breeders, such as: Great Spotted woodpecker, Goshawk
Pied flycatchers - all the way from West Africa to breed here, Wood warbler, Redstart, Crossbills.
Walk distance: It is approximately 2.3 miles / 3.7 kilometres from bridge to falls with a height gain/climb of 100metres / 330 feet.
Start and finish: The two car parks at Coedydd Aber are: Bont Newydd (16 spaces with one space reserved for disabled visitors). Natural Resources Wales car park (20 parking spaces) The kissing gates from the car parks have RADAR locks to fully open.
Terrain: The main path from the entrance at Bont Newtydd to the foot of the Rhaeadr Fawr waterfall is mostly 1.5 metres wide. There aren't any steps and it has a gradual and continuous climb. It is compacted stone with some loose stones on the surface. There are a number of picnic benches if you need to rest on the way. There is a network of footpaths through the reserve, some of which are designated public rights of way. Some of these paths are narrow and pass over rougher terrain.
Facilities: There is an accessible toilet in the Natural Resources Wales car park.
Dogs: Well behaved dogs are welcome in our woods.
Getting there: Coedydd Aber is just off the A55, mid-way between Bangor and Llanfairfechan.
The Bont Newydd car park is half a mile from the village of Abergwyngregyn and can be reached by following a narrow road southwards from the village. There is a charge for parking. There is also a free car park in Abergwyngregyn village about half a mile away. From here visitors need to walk along the narrow access track through the valley to reach the reserve entrance. The nearest train station is in Llanfairfechan (this is a request stop).
The OS grid reference is SH 664 710.
Safety: Please ensure you are prepared for all weather conditions and wear suitable clothing and stout footwear for your walk.
Sometimes we need to close or divert trails for your safety whilst we undertake maintenance work or forest operations.
Occasionally we may have to close a site in extreme weather, such as high winds or snow and ice due to the risk of injury to visitors or staff.
Please always follow any instructions on site and make sure you follow any temporary diversion signs in place.
This walk is supplied by Natural Resources Wales. It is subject to TrailZilla copyright terms and conditions.
It can be found on the Natural Resources Wales website along with other walks in their woods and National Nature Reserves.
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