Aber Falls (Rhaeadr Fawr) – Coedydd Aber National Nature Reserve, North Wales


We visited the area in September 2015 but it seems like it was a century ago, time has passed in a strange way. Slight exaggeration I know. The location is worth visiting and I would urge you to go at least once. There are several routes to the waterfall, of varying degrees of difficulty. It’s a truly magical place. Water has always held a fascination for me and allied with stunning scenery such as this, truly heaven. The Reserve has much to offer in terms of archaeology, natural history and walks.

The walk to the Falls passes through woodland, remains of long huts, round huts and an Iron Age Age Hill Fort. There are a variety of tree species in woodland on the higher valley slopes; consisting of Alder Hazel, Sessile Oak and Downy Birch. As for species on the valley floor you can find Wych Elm and Hazel. There are a varied number of plant species scattered throughout the location such as Bluebells, Ramsons, Meadowsweet and Lady’s-mantle. The woodland is also home to many resident and migrants birds such as Redstarts, Pied Flycatchers, Crossbills, Dippers and Grey Wagtails. Fungi species present in Autumn are Fly Agaric and Oakbug Milkcap. Bank Voles and Weasels are a couple of mammal species present on the Reserve.