I've been looking forward to Autumn all year, having missed out on my usual photography adventures over spring due to the lockdown and then being apprehensive about exploring during the summer due to the sheer volume of people visiting the beauty spots of Wales, I really felt that Autumn was going to be the time for me to get my photography back on track and hopefully continue to develop my vlogging skills and confidence with being in front of the camera at the same time. However, 2020 has decided to add a few more challenges to overcome before I even get started with my Autumn photography....
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Location Information: Coed Ganllwyd
Accessibilty: Several way marked trails starting at carpark. The walk to Rhaeadr Ddu waterfall can be muddy in places and the rocks slippery when wet. Not suitable for wheelchairs.
Parking: Ganllwyd Village
Facilities: Information Board
This is one of my most visited short walks and locations in Southern Snowdonia, along with being one of my favourite waterfalls to visit in Wales. No matter what time of year you go Rhaeadr Ddu (the waterfall) looks different and always looks particularly spectacular surrounded by the Autumn colours. Gnarly, moss covered trees and boulders line the gorge as the Afon Gamlan (the river) makes its way down from the upper slopes and joins the Afon Mawddach just below the village of Ganllwyd. I still remember the first time I visited this location, not too long after re-reading Lord of the Rings, and thought that of all the places I have visited in Wales, this was the place that most felt like Middle Earth.
The walk to the waterfall is relatively short but quite steep in places and does involve a little bit of a scramble over a few rocks to get to the top of the falls and follow the loop track around. However, if you would just like to get a view of the main waterfall you can do an even shorter, out and back walk that takes you to a viewing spot just before the bridge (seen in the image below) that crosses over the Afon Gamlan. This is a great viewpoint that required little to no thought about photo composition as nature provides a beautifully framed view of the falls, the only thing you have to watch out for here (especially if you have young children with you) is not to go too close to the edge as it is quite a drop down to the river with no barrier to stop you taking a tumble!
If you enjoy either woodland or waterfall photography or just enjoy walking around a woodland that can make you feel like you're in a fairy tale then Coed Ganllwyd is definitely worth a visit at any time of the year.
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