Bera Mawr via Aber Falls

Distance 17.5km

Total ascent 993m

Time 8hrs

Start/finish SH 662 720  

Fitness: Moderate. Some steep walking with a good amount of distance

Technicality: Mountain walking on non technical terrain for the majority of the route but one small section of tricky ground to navigate.

Terrain: Grassy paths, faint mountain tracks, areas with no path at all. Mostly comfortable terrain with one section of often wet rock in a steep location.

Navigation: Sound navigation skills will be needed, especially in poor visibilty. Definitely should be able to take a bearing.

1 Leave A55 at Abergwyngregyn and follow signs for Waterfall. Park out of the village, but before the bridge that sits at SH 662 720. Follow the tourist path to the falls, looking for the the hut circle remains along the way, whilst ignoring the litter - you know what to do on the return! It all helps.

2 At SH 6680 7022. Cross it the stile and follow the track NE until you reach the fence that borders the felled woodland, turn and head due South up the scree path. It should be clear to follow, if you pay attention to the ground. The path leads you onto solid ground and then contours the hillside above some steep rock, so caution is needed. At SH 6684 6997, there is a smooth and slippery slab that will need to be crossed. Take your time, using solid foot placement and hand holds if necessary and all will be well! Shortly after, the track levels out and the crowds below fall silent, leaving you with the sound of the river flowing over the falls. Probably best to stay away from it for a little while. Follow the ancient track SE through Cwm yr Afon Goch for about a km or so, before crossing the river. I crossed at SH 6762 6918 but you must cross where you feel is the safest. Next is the the steep pull up from the valley and up to side of Bera Mawr, picking your way through the rocky ground.

3 The Glyderau like Summit of Bera Mawr is as good a place as any to stop for lunch and maybe a little scramble to the top to pose for some photos! When you’ve had enough and want to push on, head SE across flat ground and over the mini top of Yr Aryg and on to Carnedd Uchaf/Gwenllian, taking care not to wet your socks along the way! This general area is relatively straight forward under clear skies but make no mistake, if the cloud is down, you will need some sound navigational skills.

4 Carnedd Gwenllian/Carnedd Uchaf. The name was changed from Uchaf to honour Princess Gwenllian, daughter of Llywelyn the Last - namesake of the most famous of Carneddau mountains. From here, double back and head NW to Drosgl, paying a visit to Bera Bach along the way, where there is a lovely shelter built into the summit. As with all these little mountain refuges, show some love and clear away any scraps of litter that may be left behind.

5 After admiring the cairn on Drosgl, take a detour SW to Gyrn Wigau - SH 6542 6753 to indulge in the view to Carnedd Dafydd, Cwm Pen Llafar and the excellent G1 scramble of the Grib Lem spur, before heading back to meet the track which runs from Drosgl to Moel Wnion. Stop at the bwlch in between, at about SH 6525 6893. If you’re feeling energetic and in good time, pay a flying visit to Moel Wnion before returning to the descent point.

6 From the bwlch, descend down the left hand or Western side of the Afon Gam, to the crossing point at SH 6617 7000. Head East to finally enjoy that well earned view of the Falls, before a hopefully quiet return down the tourist highway to the car and cold beer at the Aber Falls hotel/Cafe.