Swallow Falls, Betws-y-Coed
The second in my waterfall series is the Swallow Falls, Betws-y-Coed. Perhaps the most accessible of the three waterfalls in my Snowdonia Waterfalls series, there are proper steps and paths at the swallow falls making it easier for less mobile folks.
If you visit after heavy rain the falls are quite something to behold! But unless you are local then you won’t get that choice!
There is a small fee to see the falls but it was well worth the expense. There are two viewing areas, one above looking out over the falls and one below, down some steps looking up at the falls.
It’s a short visit to the Swallow Falls, Betws-y-Coed as there is no walk alongside the river. It is just to viewing platforms and the steps leading between them, so budget about 15-20 minutes.
On our visit to Swallow Falls, Betws-y-Coed it wasn’t that busy. There was time to relax and listen to the water cascade over the rocks. Personally, for me, the sound of water has always been relaxing. While certainly not as spectacular as some waterfalls, swallow falls had a charm of its own and I enjoyed them very much.
£2 is what it costs to see the Swallow Falls. While not as cheap as Rhaeadr Y Graig Lwyd up the road it was certainly more accessible. And certainly not as cheap as Ceunant Mawr Waterfall, which is free!
How to get to Swallow Falls, Betws-y-Coed
Parking can be found in the layby on the same side as the falls, just at the end of the words ‘cascading waters’ on the map.
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