Rhaedr Ogwen (or Ogwen falls) is a series of waterfall in a scenic surrounding, located at Pont Pen-y-benglog/lake ogwden (Snowdonia) in Wales (United Kingdom).
From Bangor drive east on the A5 towards Betwys-y-Coed. Somewhere in the middle lies lake Ogwen. There is a parking lot (gps 53.123660, -4.020189) from where you can walk to the waterfall in a few minutes. You have to pay for the parking. It can be crowded in summertime (!) and at the parking you also find a tourist information spot, toilets en a small cafe. When we visited Ogwen waterfall (or maybe Ogwen falls is more accurate) July 2023 the weather was quite sad.
We decided to walk towards the mountains first (trailhead behind the tourist info) for a view on a small waterfall in the river Afon Igwal. The views here are amazing and you can make scenic pictures at the wooden bridge with the mountains in the background.
After a while, enjoying the scenery, we went down, back towards the main road (A5). If you go left towards the bridge, you can see Rhaedr Ogwen cascading down. The views are great and you only can see part of Ogwen falls. If you walk further, after the bridge (Pont Pen-y-benglog), you can climb down to have a better view (not suitable for children). The best views you will have at the edge of the cliff at Rhaedr Ogwen, but be careful! I didn’t went very far so I didn’t see Ogwen waterfall in a complete shot. I think if you walk further down the A5, you will see Ogwen falls completely, at least the lower part.
The source of the waterfall lies at lake Ogwen and after a rainy period Rhaedr Ogwen gets more powerful. When we visited Rhaedr Ogwen (July 2023) it had rained and the waterfall had a good flow rate. Best period to visit the waterfall is after heavy rainfall or a rainy period.
I really liked the views and the surrounding. A shame we didn’t had enough time to make a long walk to lake Igwal and the tall waterfall over there, Devil’s Appendix. If you want to see the most amazing waterfall of Wales you have to drive a little further north in the direction of Besthesda and the to Conwy. Take the exit to Abergwyngregyn to vist the amazing Aber falls. A must to visit, certainly after a rainy period!
If you like hiking there are several easy/medium hikes you can make. The most popular hikes at “Pont pen u Benglog” are the circular route at Llyn Ogwen and the hike to Llyn Idwal.