Roaring 3 tier waterfalls in Wales – Pistyll Rhaeadr

Why visit Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfalls? 

I always have this affinity towards water and mountain.  And if that’s the case, I can’t leave out waterfalls 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 waterfalls direction passing through a narrow path along the stream. Standing high at 240 feet high, this is the tallest single drop waterfalls 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 waterfalls:

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.


34 Responses

  1. Oh my gosh! What a place…it took my breath away! So beautiful!

  2. Steep falls look very interesting – I have seen one in Kovai Kuttralam. And lovely B&Bs. You should have stayed – There is always some excuse to give in the office later on 🙂

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  3. That is a lovely post on a lovely waterfalls. The place looks so green and beautiful.

  4. Lovely falls, and beautiful photographs. Enjoy!

  5. Looks like a quiet and peaceful place.
    It's been ages since I got to see a proper waterfall. Sigh! :)I so want to hear that sound of water gushing down.

  6. That bridge like rock in-between, looks dangerous but would be a great place to get a clear view of the fall.
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    • Hi Swati..Yes, it's a natural arch, and there's no option to reach there, as you say, it's highly risky considering the force at which water falls. And there might not be enough leg space too! The viewing platform near the stream itself is a great place to view the falls!

  7. beautiful palce…

    nice photos…


  8. Wow! That place looks mesmerizing:)

  9. I went to Niagara few weeks back but you know what's better in these falls that you get to walk, have a serene trek and a cafe. Niagara is too crowded, I would love to spend some quality time at these tranquil places.

    • I'd love to visit Niagara falls, and take that maid of the mist boat ride too! And that's such a huge falls! Yeah, but as you say, if you want to be away from crowd, and enjoy the nature at its best, this is a great place!

  10. Being an Aquarian, I am attracted to water, Waterfalls, oceans, lakes, pools, beaches. Everything. I so wish I get to live in a place like the last pic 🙂

  11. Awesome looking the view of waterfall..

  12. Quite a majestic looking waterfall. And the arch like bridge is very quaint looking. As is the cafe by the stream.

  13. Lovely waterfalls…


  14. I love waterfalls and fountains 🙂 These are beautiful waterfalls.

  15. Nature Waterfalls are the beautiful creation of Almighty God and are the center of attraction for the tourists. I love to visit such kind of unique places. Last weekend I just came back from a bus tour to new york city and used to visit one of the natural wonders of the world (Niagara Falls). Niagara Falls is one of the top 5 waterfalls around the world.

  16. Anu! You are right waterfalls are always the very attractive part of your travel. I also love to see them. It gives you peace and pleasure. The Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall is really very attractive. I visited it a few months ago. It is very charming and peaceful place. If you will visit it first time so you will have a great wish to visit it again.

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