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Swallow Falls and the Ugly House - Snowdonia

6.25 mi
2.3 mph
550 ft
550 ft
Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels. The starting point of the Tour is right next to a parking lot.

Tour Overview


1.18 mi

Miner's Bridge

Hiking Highlight (Segment)

2.42 mi

Swallow Falls

Hiking Highlight

3.08 mi

The Ugly House

Hiking Highlight

6.25 mi



Weather Forecast

komoot planned a hike.

November 8, 2018


  • komoot

    Swallow Falls is a popular sight for people visiting Snowdonia National Park.

    For good reason, too. Set amid a blissful beauty spot, surrounded by rugged mountain peaks and with a mesmerizing ambience, it is a stunning location to visit.

    If you want to view the falls—the highest continuous waterfall in Wales—without too much fuss, they can be reached from the car park on the other side of the A5, where there are viewing platforms and safety rails. This is a super-easy option. All ages and abilities will have no problem at all. You will need to pay £3.50 to park.

    However, if you feel a little more adventurous, this route allows for a much better view of the falls and a fun-filled hike through some beautiful scenery. The dramatic, narrow path you will follow on the north bank is challenging, but most people will find it easy enough to traverse. With crags overhead and drops below, it is a rewarding trek.

    If you continue upstream to the ‘Ugly House’—a quirky, rather beautiful-looking old cottage that nobody knows much about—there are refreshments and facilities available before you head back along the river. However, if you want to cut short, you can head back straight after you have seen the falls. In short, there are many options to tailor this route really depending on how you feel.

    • November 8, 2018

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