Wales is renowned for its outstandingly beautiful landscape, and visitors travel from all over the world to immerse themselves in its sheer beauty. The captivating scenes vary from muscle-bound mountains, an idyllic coastline, rolling hills, mirror-like lakes, rivers and of course, waterfalls.
Whether you’re on a week-long Wales glamping holiday, or you’re here for just a brief visit, exploring the scenery of the country is a pleasure many enjoy during their time here. Make the most of the great outdoors, put on your hiking boots, pack your camera and a few refreshments and discover some of the true hidden gems of the country.
Aber Falls, Gwynedd
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As you explore Snowdonia National Park, its beauty becomes ever apparent, with each mile being different to the next, from hillsides dotted with livestock, to open and quiet roads trailing through the epic mountainscape, it is like nowhere else in the world. Aber Falls, or Rhaeadr Fawr in Welsh, is a sight that is truly worth seeing. Fed by the Afon Goch and located on the foothills of the Carneddau range, the body of water plunges an impressive 36.5 meters over the naturally carved ledge. As beautiful as the falls are, the walk to see them is equally as captivating, surrounded by forest, historical points of interest, gentle valleys and open fields, you’ll be glad you brought along your camera.
Pistyll Rhaeadr, Powys
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Towering 80 meters, the Pistyll Rhaedr is Britain’s tallest single-drop falls, and the highest waterfall in the entirety of Wales. Surrounded by the Berwyn Mountains and countryside, it is a haven for visitors looking to make the most of the peace and quiet that is only gained from being in a place like this. With walks to suit all ages, abilities and time frames, a stretch of your legs has never seemed so appealing. You’ll be pleased to hear, that when you reach the falls, a quaint tea room and friendly staff await your arrival. The top of the falls can be reached via a public footpath, and takes approximately 20-30 minutes, while a short walk from the tearooms will lead you to the base.
Devil’s Bridge Falls, Ceredigion
The view of the untouched valley covered in thick woodland is equally as beautiful as the falls and bridge themselves. This is a magical destination in Wales, where no matter the time of year, you will discover something new and fascinating with each visit. The walks to the falls do involve steep steps and uneven ground underfoot, but the reward of an outstanding view along the route and at the final destination makes it all worthwhile. There are two walks to choose from to get to the falls, the first being the nature trail, which takes around 45 minutes to an hour to complete, this is the more challenging of the two, with a grand total of 675 stone steps to tackle. The second walk, known as punchbowl, takes around 10-20 minutes, with a more manageable 300 steps. Both walks pass three bridges and boast jaw-dropping views.
Found amongst an ancient woodland, at the edge of the Black Mountains is the awe-inspiring Pwll-y-Wrach. The name translates to ‘The Witches’ Pool’ and hints at the medieval legends surrounding it. The Welsh tales say that those accused of witchcraft would be tested at the pool to decide whether they were innocent or guilty. Today, the atmosphere of this stunning woodland is much more inviting, and visitors can explore the nature reserve and trails surrounding it, as well as admire the beautiful falls.
Will you be visiting any of these stunning nature spots during your visit to Wales? Or do you already have a favourite that we missed off of our list? Let us know via our social media channels, and if you’re keen to explore more of the beautiful sites the country has to offer, be sure to add these 6 Natural Wonders of Wales to your holiday bucket list!