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Rhaeadr Cynfal

OS grid ref. SH 70 41

The spectacular waterfall of Rhaeadr Cynfal, south of Ffestiniog, is set in the valley of the River Cynfal. The rock above the falls is known as 'Huw Llwyd's Pulpit' after an eccentric seventeenth century local wizard and bard.


A path to Rhaeadr Cynfal runs from the railway station in the village of Llan Festiniog.

A walk to Rhaeadr Cynfal

    Distance - 4 miles

    Duration - Around 3 hours

    *Starting from the church at the village of Llan Ffestiniog, walk up the main road towards Maentwrog, passing the village school and turn right at the sign for the falls. Pass through the gate and through a second gate immediately to the right, going back on yourself proceed down the field to a kissing gate. Pass though this gate and cross the field to al gate and bridge.

    *Cross the stream and ascend the bank. Follow along the wall to a further gate. Turn right and go through the left-hand gate, follow the fence along the top of the field. Continue along the old track, until it descends towards the river, on reaching a path on the right which leads down to the falls. Care should be exercised on the steps in wet weather.

    *Retrace your steps to return to the village.