I always have this affinity towards water and mountain. And if that’s the case, I can’t leave out a waterfall from my list. The gushing water that falls from a high mountain always makes a great picnic spot, a fantastic photographic opportunity and a perfect place to trek. I did all these in Pistyll Rhaeadr, a beautiful waterfalls located in the Berwyn Mountains, in Northern Wales.
We parked our car and could already hear the roar of water falling from the cliff. Geared up, we walked towards the waterfall direction passing through a narrow path along the stream. Standing high at 240 feet high, this is the tallest single drop waterfall in UK and is listed as one of the Seven Wonders of Wales. The water cascaded as a 3 tier impressively passing through the tiny natural arch and rolled over the moss covered stones finally joining the stream quietly.
There are various walking paths around the Berwyn mountains. There is also a walking trail to reach the top of the waterfalls which takes about 20-30 minutes, but the route is slippery and steep. Instead, we took the short walking trail inside the woods along the stream.
There’s a little cafe and Bed and Breakfast just at the bottom of the falls which looked quite enchanting. The cafe served delicious food for a good price. Seeing those tiny B&Bs I wondered what it’d be like to stay here for a couple of nights near the waterfall in a quaint forest and fall asleep while these waterfalls sing their thunderous lullaby. That’d be a great vacation away from home. There are also campsites along the stream quiet close to the waterfalls.
Directions to the waterfall:
Head towards Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant and keep driving straight for a few miles that runs along the stream. The road finally ends at the waterfall’s car parking. The last 6-7 miles is a single track road with passing places, so drive carefully.