GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Pistyll Rhaeadr Walk

2 miles (3 km)

This circular walk visits a spectacular 240-foot (73 m) waterfall regarded as one of the Seven Wonders of Wales.
The walk begins at the car park at the foot of the waterfall and takes you past the falls and then along a footpath running next to the Afon/River Rhaeadr. You return to the start point along a country lane. The falls are surrounded by some beautiful countryside so there's ample opportunity to continue your walk. There is a B&B and a cafe near the falls so you can also refresh yourself after the walk.
The challenging climb to Cadair Berwyn also starts from Pistyll Rhaeadr so you could head north along this footpath for great views of the area.


SY10 0BZ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Pistyll Rhaeadr OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Pistyll Rhaeadr Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Head to the on site cafe for some refreshments after your walk. The restaurant seats 38 people indoors and there is also outdoor bench seating for about the same number. There is an attractive pagoda outside overlooking the waterfall. The menu includes breakfasts, sandwiches, baked potatoes and snacks, as well as main course meals and chef's special menu. There's also an ice cream window in the summer if you fancy a sweet treat.
Tan y Pistyll Restaurant - - 978910 Pistyll Rhaeadr - - 978877
Pictured above, the Tan-y-Pistyll Café at the foot of the falls. A lovely waterside spot where you can relax after your exercise.
You could also head into the nearby village of Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant. Here you'll find The Hand public house which is a nice old style place to visit. You can find it in the village at a postcode of SY10 0JJ for your sat navs. There's also some nice paths along the River Rhaeadr to try in the village, if you fancy another stroll.
To the south west you could pay a visit to the worthy village of Llangynog. The attractive settlement sits in fine scenic spot at the confluence of the Rivers Tanat and Eirth. The New Inn is a walker friendly inn serving good quality food which you can enjoy around the log fires in the cosy interior. If the weather is good then the garden area is a great place to relax. They also provide accommodation if you would like to stay in this lovely area. You can find them on Berwyn Street at a postcode of SY10 0EX for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The falls are a nice place for a dog walk but you are advised to please keep them on leads.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The falls are located a few miles from another major highlight of the area at Lake Vyrnwy. It's a great place for cycling and walking with nice footpaths at the southern end of the water near the visitor centre, including a sculpture trail. There's also woodland trails on both the western and eastern side of the lake. You can find the lake about 7 miles south west of the falls, near Llandwddyn. It's an excellent place to extend your outing if you have time.
The Llandrillo Walk visits the falls from the village to the north. The walk route takes you to the falls via Moel Pearce, Cadair Bronwen, Cadair Berwyn and the ancient Moel Ty Uchaf stone circle. The village itself is well worth exploring with several listed buildings and views of the River Dee.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Pistyll Rhaeadr - - 758253

Pistyll Rhaeadr. View of the upper section of the falls in the summer. The waterfalls is formed as the Afon Disgynfa falls in three stages over the 240-foot drop.

Pistyll Rhaeadr 1987 - - 806184

The bottom section of the waterfall.

Pistyll Rhaeadr - - 5919

The Highest Waterfall in Wales. Nearest town Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant

Steep climb to the top of Pistyll Rhaeadr - - 978918

Steep climb to the top of Pistyll Rhaeadr. Steps that lead to the top of the waterfall, zig zagging up the mountainside.

The tearooms and campsite below Pistyll Rhaeadr - - 1875311

The tearooms and campsite below Pistyll Rhaeadr

Tan y Pistyll Restaurant - - 978910

Tan y Pistyll Restaurant

Craig-Y- Mwn - - 3210385

Craig-Y- Mwn Lead Mine. This striking old lead mine is located just to the south of the falls and well worth a visit.

Pistyll Rhaeadr and car park - - 1874975

The country lane leading to the car park.


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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