If you’re looking for an easy waterfall walk in North Wales then Conwy Falls is the walk for you!
The Conwy Falls walk is a compromise between short, one-way circular walking routes. It starts just behind Conwy Falls Cafe and continues to the falls and back through the woodland. It’s a short walk to the waterfall, so it’s recommended for families.
The path to the falls is a natural forest path, so it can be bumpy and rocky, but it’s all part of the adventure!
The powerful waterfall is mesmerizing and you will be completely mesmerized once you see it. Before you reach the falls, you may hear the roar and feel the spray of the falls. It’s so mesmerizing to watch the water roll down through the rocks and hit the river below. Take a few photos, but stop and take a moment to appreciate the amazing power of Mother Nature!
A natural rocky lookout awaits you. You can stand and enjoy the waterfall as it cascades down into the magical canyon and deep valley below.
We recently (March 2022) visited Conwy Falls with our 3 children. Before we arrived the kids were complaining about going on ‘another boring walk’ but the moment we arrived they were enchanted. It was a sunny spring morning and the sun was shining through the trees giving everything this beautiful glow.
Our older boys (ages 5 and 6) loved the excited puppies as they sprinted through the woods, jumping off rocks, hiding behind trees, and usually running back. The excitement increased even more when I heard the sound of the waterfall and knew what was in store!
Waterfalls like this have a contagious energy and we all felt their incredible power. We climbed some rocks and then ran back through the forest. There was a cafe waiting for us with tea and cake!
It was a short experience and it took about 30 minutes to visit the waterfall and then walk back.
If you’re driving by Conwy Falls or are in the area, I 100% recommend stopping by, but it’s probably not the type of experience you’d go out of your way to visit.
Can you swim in Conwy Falls?
No, definitely not. Due to the strong water current and narrow canyon walls, it is not safe to swim near the falls. Swimming is prohibited as it is extremely dangerous.
However, there are some nice places to swim near Conwy Falls….
Where can you swim near Conwy Falls?
A short drive from Conwy Falls, Betws a Coed is the perfect place to take a dip. A river flows through the village, and beyond it there are some rocks and a small waterfall. Depending on the water level, it may not be safe to go in here, but a walk through the alpine forest will take you to a beautiful section of the river. It’s much calmer there and perfect for confident swimmers.
There is a current so you need to be a good swimmer. Alternatively, you can safely paddle on the edge of a stony shore.
What is Conwy Falls Forest Park?
Conwy Falls Forest Park is a protected area surrounding the falls. The 10-acre park is of special scientific interest because it is dominated by rich forests.
Did you know that Conwy Falls Forest Park was awarded Countryfile magazine’s Scenery of the Year in 2017? OK, that was a few years ago, but it shows us what a stunningly beautiful part of the UK this is. I am.
Do you have to pay to visit Conwy Falls?
yes. Current costs are:
- £1.50 per adult
- £1.00 per child aged 3 and over
When we visited, there was an honesty box for payment, so be sure to bring some change.
When I visited in March, some of the cashier counters were closed, but they seem to be open during busy times.
These payments help maintain walkways, fencing, safety structures, and seating areas.
Local residents can visit for free and receive a loyalty card inside the cafe.
Are there public toilets before/after the walk?
Yes, there are toilets just outside Conwy Falls Cafe. It’s clean, warm, and open to the public. There is also a baby changing facility.
The toilets are outside the cafe, so you don’t have to go into the cafe or pay.
What’s the Conwy Falls Cafe like?
Conwy Falls Cafe is lovely. It has a lively, rustic, family-friendly atmosphere and is often busy with pedestrians, cyclists, bikers, families and people breaking up long car journeys.
The cafe is also used as a meeting place for activity groups and friends. There is a large parking lot and a multipurpose restroom, making it easy to meet up. The cafe is also dog-friendly and has free Wi-Fi, which makes it even more convenient.
The cafe building was designed by Sir William Clough Ellis and has the same rich turquoise color as many other buildings in the area. Notice other buildings in the area with turquoise windows, gates, and doors, as this color ties everything together. We learn that they were designed by Sir William Clough Ellis.
Breakfast, lunch, tea and coffee, cakes and snacks are available throughout the day.
I ate there three times and it was always delicious. You can also take away food and there is a nice outdoor seating area.
If you are walking to Conwy Falls and parking in the cafe car park, I highly recommend stopping in for a drink or a snack.
What should I wear to visit Conwy Falls?
The walking route to the falls is uneven, with lots of roots, steps, and rocks. Depending on the recent weather, it may become cloudy.
You will have to go down a fairly steep slope to reach the waterfall. It’s a circular route so the return trip is smoother, but obviously just as steep!
With this in mind, we highly recommend wearing sturdy walking boots that can handle getting muddy and have good grip.
If your feet are stable and you don’t feel the need for ankle support, boots or trainers are fine.
The ground is uneven, so you’ll want to avoid wearing sandals even on hot days.
Everything else is just a short walk away, so just wear comfortable clothes.
I would also bring a small backpack or day bag for your personal belongings, a camera or mobile phone, a bottle of water, a flask of tea, snacks, a jumper and an umbrella. I highly recommend a backpack rather than a shoulder bag, as you will need both hands to steady yourself in some areas during your walk.
The Travel Hack Backpack was perfect as always.
Not far from Conwy Falls is another enchanting woodland walk called Fairy Glen (Ffos Anoddun from its Welsh name.
The walk from Conwy Falls Cafe car park takes around 40 minutes and offers a lovely walk along the river.
If this walk is too far, you can also park nearby. To access Fairy Glen Car Park please use postcode LL24 0SL.
It can be accessed from private property (payable at the Honesty Box). The walk up to the beautiful and secluded gorge follows a fairly rocky and uneven path.
This walk requires steady footing, but it’s well worth it.
Is Conwy Falls walk suitable for seniors?
It really depends on how stable your feet are. Although it is not a very long walk, there are some steep slopes and uneven paths. The rocky area has steps and can be muddy and slippery.
I don’t think this walk is suitable for many older people, especially if they have mobility issues.
But still nice for a day out. A meadow attached to the cafe is available for use and there is a large picnic bench at the start of the walk. Starting the walk is also fairly easy. About 500 meters into the forest there is a picnic bench and viewing platform, a perfect place to wait for the rest of the family while having a drink during the walk.
Can you take babies to Conwy Falls?
Yes, you can, but you definitely can’t ride in a buggy.
Infants should be placed in carriers, and toddlers should be helped or held during walks.
We recently visited with our 2 year old daughter. She is a wobbly toddler and we had to keep a close eye on her and hold her hand as she ran as fast as she could in all directions.
My favorite baby carrier is the Izumi Baby Carrier and my favorite carrier for larger babies and toddlers is the LittleLife All Terrain Carrier.
If your baby is in a carrier, be sure to move slowly. Take your time on steep slopes and hold on to rocks and trees whenever possible. And don’t get too close to the edges!
Can you take dogs to Conwy Falls?
yes! Dogs are also welcome.
Keep it on a leash and don’t forget your poop bag!
Are there any nearby attractions?
Yes, there are many!
The village of Betws-y-Coed is nearby and this lovely little village is well worth a stroll. Betws-y-Coed is full of outdoor shops, pubs and cafes, and also has lovely riverside walks, which we highly recommend.
It is also not far from the historic town of Llanrwst. Llanrwst is a pretty market town, but the real attraction is his three arched bridges spanning the River Conwy. On the other side of the bridge is the Insta-famous Tu Wan Til Bon Tearoom, which has a gorgeous ivy-covered exterior and may just be the most beautiful tearoom in all of Wales.
Are there any other waterfalls near Betws-y-Coed?
Yes, another popular option is Swallow Falls and there is also Aber Falls.
Aber Falls is an hour’s drive towards the coast.
If you could choose only one waterfall walk in the area, choose Abar Falls. Because it’s more spectacular and the walk is easier but longer.
Read more: 10 things to know when visiting Aber Falls in North Wales
Is it worth visiting the nearby Portmeirion Village too?
It’s about a 45 minute drive from Conwy Falls to Portmeirion Village, so I highly recommend a visit.
Portmeirion is a quaint and quirky village not far from Porthmadog. He was built by Sir Clough Williams Ellis between 1925 and his 1975 and looks like a colorful Italian village.
Our family loves Portmeirion so much that we also have an annual family pass. We always visit to walk through the gardens and forests, run along the beach, have lunch at a cafe, and have an ice cream.
Read more: Visit Portmeirion: an Italian-style village in North Wales
What else is there to do in Snowdonia National Park?
There’s so much to do in Snowdonia.
Here are 10 of my favorite adventure activities in Snowdonia.
You can even hike up to Snowdon or take the train up!