Best Waterfalls in Wales

Discover the stunning natural beauty of these cascading Welsh wonders

Posted on 20-05-24, updated on 05-07-24By: Sarah R. | 11 minute read

View of Pistyll Rhaeadr amidst the Berwyn Mountains in Powys, Mid Wales, UK

View of Pistyll Rhaeadr amidst the Berwyn Mountains in Powys, Mid Wales

Welcome to Wales: a Waterfall Wonderland!

Wales is well known for its stunning natural beauty, from the magnificent mountains of Snowdonia National Park to the unspoilt beauty of the Brecon Beacons. It's also home to some truly breathtaking waterfalls, cascading down cliffs and trickling through lush valleys. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast looking for a new adventure, a family interested in an exciting walk with the kids or a couple in search of a romantic activity for your weekend away, exploring the spectacular waterfalls in Wales is sure to leave you in awe. So, pack your hiking boots, grab your camera and get ready to discover the best waterfalls in Wales to visit on your next UK break.

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Waterfalls in North Wales

Aber Falls, Gwynedd, Wales, UK

Aber Falls, Gwynedd

Aber Falls, Gwynedd

First up is one of the most dramatic waterfalls in Snowdonia! Aber Falls is a breathtaking natural wonder that should be at the top of your list for your next holiday in Wales. As you approach the falls, you will be greeted by the sound of rushing water and the sight of a stunning 120-foot waterfall cascading down into a beautiful ravine. The surrounding landscape is lush and green, providing the perfect backdrop for a peaceful and rejuvenating escape in nature. Whether you are a seasoned hiker or simply looking for a relaxing day out in the countryside, Aber Falls offers something for everyone. Don't miss the chance to experience the beauty and tranquility of this enchanting destination on your next visit to Wales.

Postcode: LL33 0LP (Aber Falls Car Park)
Difficulty: Easy, with largely flat and even surfaces. The walk is a 4.5km round trip, which takes around an hour. This is a child-friendly and dog-friendly route

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Swallow Falls Waterfall / Rhaeadr Ewynnol, County Conwy, Wales, UK

Swallow Falls Waterfall / Rhaeadr Ewynnol, County Conwy

Swallow Falls Waterfall / Rhaeadr Ewynnol, County Conwy

Another gem in Snowdonia is the enchanting Swallow Falls Waterfall (Rhaeadr Ewynnol), a stunning natural wonder and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that captivates all who visit. Located in Gwydir Forest Park along the River llugwy, near the picturesque village of Betws-y-Coed, this magnificent waterfall cascades down a series of rocky steps, creating a mesmerising display of power and beauty. The roaring sound of the water crashing against the rocks echoes through the surrounding forest, creating a truly magical atmosphere. Visitors can admire the falls from viewing platforms or take a leisurely stroll along the picturesque walking trails that wind through the lush woodland. Swallow Falls Waterfall is a must-see destination for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts seeking a peaceful escape to the beauty of the Welsh countryside.

Tip: There is a £2 admission to visit Swallow Falls via the turnstile entrance. Dogs are allowed but must be on a lead

Postcode: LL24 0DW
Difficulty: Easy to moderate - there are several different walks you can choose, but the main route from the turnstile entrance to the first two viewing points is considered easily accessible for most people. You can also take steps further down towards the base of the waterfall, where you can get close enough to feel the spray

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Lyn Crafnant, near Fairy Falls Waterfall, County Conwy, Wales, UK

Lyn Crafnant, near Fairy Falls Waterfall, County Conwy

Fairy Falls Waterfall, County Conwy

Nestled in a tranquil woodland setting in the North Wales village of Trefriw, along the River Crafnant, the tranquil Fairy Falls Waterfall cascades down pristine rock faces amidst lush green surroundings, creating a peaceful and magical atmosphere that is truly unforgettable. Take a leisurely walk through the surrounding woods, breathing in the fresh mountain air and immersing yourself in the natural beauty of the area. Whether you are a nature enthusiast, a photography lover or simply seeking a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life, Fairy Falls Waterfall promises a truly magical and inspiring experience for adults and children alike.

Tip: The falls are fed by two natural lakes, Llyn Crafnant and Llyn Geirionydd, which you can walk to as part of a longer trail.

Postcode: LL27 0JH
Difficulty: Easy to moderate - the walk to the waterfall is short, but there are a couple of steep climbs. Overall, it is considered dog-friendly and child-friendly

Rhaeadr Ddu / Black Falls, Gwynedd, Wales, UK

Rhaeadr Ddu / Black Falls, Gwynedd

Rhaeadr Ddu / Black Falls, Gwynedd

Rhaeadr Ddu, also known as Black Falls in English, are two waterfalls in Coed Ganllwyd Nature Reserve, in the heart of Snowdonia National Park. The water plunges 60 feet into a deep pool below, creating a spectacular display of nature's power. Surrounded by the steep wooded gorge and its dramatic cliffs, Rhaeadr Ddu offers a truly immersive experience in the great outdoors. Visitors can take a scenic hike along the picturesque trails leading to the waterfall, allowing them to fully appreciate its beauty and majesty.

Tip: Take extra care in wet weather or after heavy rain, when the rocky sections can be particularly slippery

Postcode: LL40 2TF
Difficulty: Moderate - there are several circular walks you can choose from, generally around 1 or 2km long. The path down to the waterfalls is particularly steep with uneven steps and ground. Extra care should be taken with little ones and dogs should be kept on leads

Conwy Falls, County Conwy, Wales, UK

Conwy Falls, County Conwy

Conwy Falls, County Conwy

Running through the deep gorge of the Fairy Glen in Conwy Falls Forest Park, this breathtaking waterfall must be seen to be believed! After following the path through 10 acres of ancient woodland (a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest), you'll be greeted by the cascading waters of Conwy Falls, plunging 50 feet into the rocks below. If you're visiting in August, keep your eyes peeled for salmon travelling upstream and jumping up the incredible salmon ladder! Explore the trails that wind through the surrounding forest, offering panoramic views of the falls and the incredible landscape. Be sure to add this majestic waterfall to your travel itinerary and experience the magic of Wales in all its glory.

Tip: Access is £2 per person via a turnstile next to the Conwy Falls Café, which is also a great spot for refreshments before or after your waterfall walk

Postcode: LL24 0PN
Difficulty: Easy - there are numerous woodland trails you can explore in the parkland surrounding the waterfalls. This is a child-friendly and dog-friendly route

Waterfalls in South Wales

Henrhyd Falls, Powys, Wales, UK

Henrhyd Falls, Powys

Henrhyd Falls, Powys

Perhaps most famous as the Batcave in the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises", Henrhyd Falls is a majestic sight to behold. Standing at a height of 90 feet, it is the highest waterfall in the Brecon Beacons National Park and the tallest waterfall in South Wales. Visitors can take a scenic hike through the magical woodlands of the Nant Llech Valley to reach the waterfall, passing by picturesque streams and wildlife along the way. The roaring sound of the water tumbling over the rocks into the deep wooded gorge creates a sense of serenity and tranquility, making it the perfect spot for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. Whether you're looking to explore the great beauty of Wales or simply unwind in a peaceful setting, Henrhyd Falls promises a memorable experience that will leave you in awe of Mother Nature's wonders. Don't miss the opportunity to visit this famous waterfall.

Tip: This is a great option if you're looking for waterfalls in Wales you can swim in, although extra care should always be taken to get down to the base of the falls.

Postcode: SA10 9PG
Difficulty: Easy to moderate, depending on whether you just want to view the waterfall or whether you also want to walk behind/swim in it

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Aberdulais Falls, Neath, Wales, UK

Aberdulais Falls, Neath

Aberdulais Falls, Neath

Located near the town of Neath in South Wales, the picturesque Aberdulais Falls cascades dramatically over a series of rocks, creating a breathtaking sight that is not to be missed. The waterfall is not only impressive to look at, but it also holds historical significance as it was once used to power an old tin works industry. Visitors to Aberdulais Falls can explore the surrounding National Trust nature reserve, visit the 400-year-old waterwheel and take in the tranquil atmosphere of the area.

Tip: The site is dog friendly as long as they are kept on short leads.

Postcode: SA10 8HA
Difficulty: Easy. There is also a lift to take visitors to the top of the waterfall

Sgwd yr Eira, Powys, Wales, UK

Sgwd yr Eira, Powys

Sgwd yr Eira, Powys

Get ready for waterfall walks galore as we dive into "Waterfall Country", an affectionate and appropriate nickname for this part of the Brecon Beacons. One of the main attractions of the area is the Four Waterfalls Walk, a scenic hiking trail that takes you past four magnificent waterfalls, including the famous Sgwd yr Eira, where you can even walk behind the waterfall itself. The experience of feeling the spray of the water on your face as you walk behind the cascading falls is an exhilarating rush that is truly unforgettable. Follow the Four Falls Trail to visit the three other smaller waterfalls of Sgwd Clun-Gwyn, Sgwd Isaf Clun-Gwyn and Sgwd y Pannwr. A visit to Sgwd yr Eira and Waterfall Country is sure to leave you feeling inspired and rejuvenated.

Tip: The Four Waterfalls Walk isn't far from the Elidr Trail, another fantastic route for exploring Wales's most spectacular waterfalls with another four you can view. The Brecon Beacons Waterfall Walk combines both walks, allowing you to visit all eight in one full-day excursion!

Postcode: CF44 9JE (Cwm Porth Car Park) or CF44 9JB (Gwaun Hepste Car Park)
Difficulty: Moderate, depending on which route you choose and how long you want to walk for. The route is considered dog-friendly

Waterfalls in Mid Wales

View through the trees of Devil-s Bridge Waterfalls in autumn, Ceredigion, Wales, UK

View through the trees of Devil-s Bridge Waterfalls in autumn, Ceredigion

Devil's Bridge Waterfalls / Mynach Falls, Ceredigion

Devil's Bridge Waterfalls in Wales, also known as Mynach Falls, is a stunning natural wonder that attracts visitors from all over the world. Located near the village of Devil's Bridge in Ceredigion, this series of waterfalls cascades over rugged rock formations, creating a breathtaking and picturesque sight. The memorable nickname comes from an old Welsh legend, which says the Devil built the original bridge, as it was too difficult for mortals to build. The area is surrounded by towering trees, adding to the magical and tranquil atmosphere. Follow scenic walking paths that lead to different viewpoints of the falls, allowing for a closer look at their sheer power and beauty. Whether you're a seasoned hiker looking for a challenging trek or simply want to immerse yourself in the peaceful surroundings, Devil's Bridge Waterfalls has something to offer everyone. Don't miss the chance to witness this awe-inspiring natural wonder in person and experience the enchanting beauty of Wales.

Tip: You can take the Vale of Rheidol Steam Railway from Aberystwyth to Devil’s Bridge, which is a 5-minute walk from the waterfalls.

Postcode: SY23 3JW
Difficulty: Easy to moderate, depending on which route you choose. The Nature Trail is the most popular route, taking around 45 minutes and passing the waterfalls and three bridges. Alternatively, there is a short 15-minute Punchbowl walk which has a tarmac path suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs

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Pistyll Rhaeadr, Powys, Wales, UK

Pistyll Rhaeadr, Powys

Pistyll Rhaeadr, Powys

Set amidst the majestic Berwyn Mountains of Powys, Pistyll Rhaeadr is truly a sight to behold. As Britain's tallest single-drop waterfall, it cascades down a staggering 240 feet of rocky cliffs, leaving visitors in awe of its sheer power and beauty. Given this accolade, it is unsurprisingly one of the most famous waterfalls in Wales. It is also the first wonder to be named in the Seven Wonders of Wales, an 18th-century poem that is believed to have listed the must-see sites in Wales at the time. Surrounded by rolling hills, the waterfall is a peaceful oasis in the heart of the Welsh countryside. The sound of the rushing water is both soothing and invigorating, making it the perfect spot for a peaceful retreat or a revitalising hike.

Tip: On rare occasions during particularly cold temperatures, the waterfall has been known to freeze, creating a sparkling ice sculpture.

Postcode: SY10 0BZ
Difficulty: Easy - the route down to the waterfall only takes a couple of minutes. It's then around 20-30 minutes to reach the top of the falls

Cenarth Falls, Ceredigion, Wales, UK

Cenarth Falls, Ceredigion

Cenarth Falls, Ceredigion

Cenarth Falls, located in the quaint village of Cenarth in Mid Wales, is truly a sight to behold. As one of the most popular waterfalls in Wales, Cenarth Falls captivates visitors with its stunning natural beauty and pristine surroundings. The falls cascade over jagged rocks, creating a mesmerising display of tumbling water that is both serene and powerful. You can witness the falls from various viewpoints, including a historic 18th-century bridge across the River Teifi that offers a perfect vantage point for taking in the beauty of this natural wonder. In autumn, you can also witness the annual phenomenon of salmon leaping, with visitors coming from far and wide to watch the migrating fish. With its tranquil atmosphere and breathtaking scenery, Cenarth Falls is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to experience the beauty of Wales's natural landscapes.

Postcode: SA38 9JP
Difficulty: Easy - the falls are in the centre of the village and can be viewed from the river bank. There are several walks around the area which allow you to explore further

Furnace Falls, Powys, Wales, UK

Furnace Falls, Powys

Furnace Falls, Powys

Furnace Falls, tucked away in a scenic spot between Aberystwyth and Machynlleth, is a small but pristine waterfall in Mid Wales. Cascading gracefully over several tiers, this picturesque waterfall offers a peaceful retreat in nature. Whether you're seeking a moment of solitude or a romantic spot for a picnic, Furnace Falls is the perfect destination.

Tip: The waterfalls are close to the Dyfi Furnace, a restored waterwheel and well-preserved piece of Welsh industrial heritage.

Postcode: SY20 8PJ
Difficulty: Easy - you can view the falls from the road

Plan your Welsh Waterfall Break Today

As you delve deeper into the enchanting world of waterfalls in Wales, be prepared to immerse yourself in a realm of natural beauty that will leave you breathless! Each waterfall offers a unique experience, beckoning you to explore and reconnect with the wonders of the natural world. So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your rural escape to Wales today and witness the majesty of the county's landscapes for yourself.

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Sgwd Isaf Clun-Gwyn on the Four Waterfalls Walk in Powys, Wales, UK

Sgwd Isaf Clun-Gwyn on the Four Waterfalls Walk in Powys, South Wales

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