Llanrhaeadr Waterfall is 30 minutes from Pen-y-Dyffryn Hotel. Otherwise known as Pistyll Rhaeadr, it is often referred to as one of the Seven Wonders of Wales. The waterfall is formed by the Afon Disgynfa falling in three stages over a 240-foot cliff-face, into the Afon Rhaeadr below.
There is a small car park at the foot of the waterfall as well as a small café and it is a great place to explore the Berwyn Mountains (Berwyn comes from the Old Welsh ”bre”(hill) and ”gwyn”(shining white) and surrounding hills, with many walks on all levels to suit a variety of walkers.
A 3-mile circuit crosses the foot of the fall and returns to the car park via old quarry heaps and hillsides. A much more adventurous alternative climbs steeply on the right of the waterfall and continues uphill, as far as you want to go along the great cliffs of the Berwyn ridge.
Above the waterfall is a lake called Llyn Luncaws. The story goes that in this lake lived a serpent with wings who, once every few days, would fly down the valley to the village and there seize children, women or animals, taking them back to the lake to devour them.
It is the highest waterfall in Wales & England and the narrow road leading to it takes you into the heart of the Berwyn Mountains. There are lots of walks starting from here including a short steep walk to the top of the waterfall, flat walks along the river and long walks to the top of Cadair Berwyn (2750ft).