While talking with other expat friends about exploring North Wales, the discussion turned to the myriad waterfalls around here. Someone mentioned Aber Falls (Rhaeadr Fawr), a waterfall not far inland between Bangor and Conwy. Naturally, we had to explore it.
We set out the next day. It was a quick drive with a convenient parking area just a short walk from the falls. We noticed on the map that an alternate route would lead us in a loop after the falls and decided to look for that path on our way back.
After admiring the falls and climbing over the mossy stones to the other side (ignoring the nearby bridge, because who doesn’t love the thrill of almost falling into an icy pool at the base of a waterfall?) we set off for the return trip. I saw the signpost for the North Wales Path, so we knew we were on the right track as we set off.
The loop took us past a smaller waterfall we hadn’t heard about, Rhaeadr Fach. Then we turned toward the sea and got a sweeping view over the valley. We climbed up to a hill with a gorgeous view of Anglesey and even Llandudno before finally traipsing back down into town and to the car. The loop made our walk a good bit longer (about 2 hours and over 4 miles) but definitely worth it.