How To Find The Stunning Ceunant Mawr Waterfall (Llanberis’ Hidden Falls) 🏞️
How To Find The Stunning Ceunant Mawr Waterfall (Llanberis’ Hidden Falls) 🏞️

How To Find The Stunning Ceunant Mawr Waterfall (Llanberis’ Hidden Falls) 🏞️

If you’re a regular reader of the blog, you’ll know that I’m a BIG fan of Llanberis in Snowdonia.

Home to a charming village centre, National Slate Mine Museum, the lake of Llyn Padarn and the iconic Snowdon Mountain Railway (just to name a few) – nestled in town also lies a hidden waterfall which offers absolutely breath-taking panoramas.

Ceunant Mawr Waterfall – also known as ‘Llanberis Falls’ – is an epic waterfall which dramatically cascades in 2 stages down into a tranquil wooded gorge below. If you visit after substantial rain, the views are even more spectacular.

Coming in at just under a mile in length, the gentle stroll to the falls is popular among locals and is suitable for all abilities. The perfect way to kill an hour or two during your time in the local area!

Ceunant Mawr Waterfall, Llanberis
Did you know? – Ceunant Mawr translates as “waterfall of the great ravine

Walk to Ceunant Mawr Waterfall

Length: 0.8 miles (each way)
Starting Point:
High Street, Llanberis, LL55 4SU
Very Easy

How do I get to the bottom of Ceunant Mawr Waterfall?

Llanberis Waterfall address: 2 Waterfall Vw, Llanberis, Caernarfon LL55 4TH

  1. Walk along High Street until you reach Caffi Deli Llygad Yr Haul.
  2. Make your way up the road directly opposite the café.
  3. Follow the road, pass St Padarn’s Church and Church House before taking the right turning up Waterfall Vw.
  4. Head up Waterfall Vw for a short while until you see the footpath to your right (you should see signposts for the waterfall)
  5. Venture on the footpath into the woodlands, which takes you directly to the waterfall.
  6. Enjoy the epic views of the falls!

Parking for the Ceunant Mawr Waterfall

There are certainly no shortage of parking spots around Llanberis. Likewise, they’re all relatively close to one another, so it doesn’t make too much of a difference whichever spot you park the car.

You may come across some off street parking, although the vast majority of these are specifically for residents. If you do leave your car parked on one of the streets, be sure to double check you are allowed to park there. The last thing you want is coming back to a fine!

The main car parks you’ll find dotted around town are:

Llanberis Path Car Park
Parking For Snowdon Llanberis, Caernarfon LL55 4TU
Llanberis Pay & Display Car Park Llanberis, Caernarfon LL55 4TU
Padarn Country Park Car Park Unnamed Road, Caernarfon LL55 4TY
Ger Y Llyn Car Park Llanberis, Caernarfon LL55 4TY
Village Car Park Llanberis, Caernarfon LL55 4BY

Alternate Route to the Llanberis Waterfall

If you’re wanting to walk to the waterfall from near Snowdon Mountain Railway rather than from the centre of Llanberis, then you can take an alternate route which may be slightly quicker for you.

Make your way towards the start of the Llanberis Path, taking the right turning immediately before the cattle grid, briefly heading down the road until you take the left up Waterfall Vw.

Can I swim at Ceunant Mawr Waterfall?

No, you are not allowed to swim at the Llanberis Waterfall.

Wild swimming in waterfalls and plunge pools can be extremely dangerous. The council has left several warning signs around the falls urging “members of the public not to swim or bathe in the water”. There have been several tragic accidents here in the past so please heed the council’s warnings.

Likewise, please take extra care even when walking around the Llanberis waterfall. The wet and rocky terrain surrounding the pool can get quite slippery. We’d certainly recommend wearing suitable footwear.

For those looking for a swim, heading over to the nearby lake of Llyn Padarn or venturing to the Watkins Path Pools & Waterfalls would be your best bet.

Watkins Path Waterfall, Wild Swimming
Taking a refreshing morning dip at Watkins Path Waterfall

Planning to stay in Llanberis?

If you’re wanting to spend more than the day in Llanberis, then in town you’ll find a number of charming hotels and bed & breakfasts.

If you’re into your camping like me however, I couldn’t recommend the ‘Camping in Llanberis’ campsite enough. Residing on the hills just above the town centre, the campsite is spacious, quiet, friendly & incredibly scenic. What more could you ask for?

Campsites Near Snowdon, Camping Near Snowdon, Camping in Llanberis
For more campsites in the area, be sure to check out our ‘Best Campsites Near Snowdon’ blog post

More resources

Ceunant Mawr Waterfall is but one of numerous unmissable things to check out during your time in the area.

Why not also try tracking down Llanberis’ top secret Infinity Pool? Or perhaps you’d like to try your hand at tackling the formidable Mount Snowdon?

Likewise, for more inspiration during your adventure in the National Park, be sure to head on over to our latest post on the Top Things To Do In Snowdonia.

Happy walking 🚶🚶