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Coedydd Aber

North Wales

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Coedydd Aber is National Nature Reserve situated in an area of scenic beauty. It is located between Snowdonia's Mountains and the North Wales Coast. The steep sided wooded valley consisting of oak, ash, birch and alder and in spring carpeted with Bluebells, leads to a spectacular waterfall in the foothill of Y Carneddau, which has long been a popular beauty spot.

This is the steepest river in the whole of Wales and England, the fall measures up to 100 feet. Near the main path leading to the waterfall are some small outbuildings where inside one of them is a small exhibition about the valley.

As well as a walk through a variety of natural habitats, a mile from the car park to Rhaeadr Fawr (Big Waterfall) takes you through 3,000 years of history. Huge natural forces from the earth and climate created this valley and man, over the centuries, shaped the valley that you see today.

The site supports a variety of habitats including a diversity of woodlands, open farmland and scrub. A range of nesting birds can be found here, including raven and peregrine on the cliffs, tree pipit and redstart along the woodland edge, and pied flycatcher and wood warbler in the oak woods.

There are many historic and archaeological monuments, including cairns, round and long Irish huts, a medieval hafod, an iron age hill fort and a burial chamber from the bronze age testifying to the long history of human occupation.

The Nature Reserve is currently part of an expansive community plan - Dyffryn Gwarchodaeth Abergwyngregyn which helps keep the fine balance between conservation and recreational needs.

Location: Coedydd Aber, North Wales

Grid Reference: SH656727 Ceremonial County: Caernarfonshire

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Getting there: On the A55 between Bangor and Penmaenmawr, turn off at Junction 13 to Abergwyngregyn.

Access: Car Park free in the village and walk from the village (3km) or park at the Reserve Car Park in the lane heading inland from Abergwyngregyn and walk 2.1km to the falls.
Website: Coedydd Aber Website
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Address: Abergwyngregyn, Gwynedd
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Charges: Reserve Car Park fee of 2

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Notes: You need Good walking gear, wide angle lens, ND grads and poloriser filters for waterfall, drinking water to keep you hydrated. Highlights include 100ft Waterfall, wildlife, woodland, and monuments such as cairns, iron age hill fort and burial chamber, and on the nature front you may see Raven and peregrine on the cliffs, tree pipit and redstart along the woodland edge, and pied flycatcher and wood warbler in the oak woods. Winter months are likely to be best for waterfall, spring and autumn months for woodland colours.


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By: Tracey Park Section: Nature Reserves Key:
Page Ref: coedydd_aber Topic: Nature  Last Updated: 07/2009


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