Ysbyty Ifan waterfall walk

Including Pistyll y Pandy.

Ability requirements (key)


From Cardiff, take the A470 to Llan Ffestiniog. From Llan Ffestiniog, immediately before passing under the railway bridge at the start of the village, turn right onto the B4391, signposted to Bala. After passing the deep Cwm Cynfal valley, turn left onto the B4407, signposted to Ysbyty Ifan. Follow it all the way over the plateau to reach farmland (there is a cattle grid at the edge of the farmland), then take the first proper left (a lane, not a farm track), and park on the tiny grassy patch at the start of it. SH 8391 4841. If you reach Ysbyty Ifan, you just went too far, though you may choose to park there instead if needed. If so, return to the junction to start the walk.


The waterfall lies immediately below the road junction but must not be approached from above. Walk along the road towards Ysbyty Ifan. Go through the first gate on the right into a field (private land - seek permission as needed). Follow the fence back up close to the junction again to reach the end of the field, then turn left and follow the edge of the field down to the river. There is a weir in the river near the end of the fence, while the main waterfall lies upstream in a narrow cleft. Best viewed in winter, as leaves obscure the view in summer.

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Whilst every care has been taken in the compilation of this description, neither the author nor his fellow walkers can accept responsibility for loss or injury arising from any errors, omissions or inaccuracies in this description. This description is intended as a guide only, and you should select a route to suit your own abilities, at your own discretion. Ability requirements are a guide only. Route maps are approximated. You follow this description at your own risk.