Pistyll Cain & Rhaeadr Mawddach (Wales UK)

by Ruth Williams
(Bath England)

Pistyll Cain

Pistyll Cain

Pistyll Cain
Rhaeadr  Mawddach
Rhaeadr  Mawddach from the top

There are two waterfalls to see in close proximity on the Waterfall & Goldmine Trail in the Coed y Brenin Forest in North Wales. From the Forestry Commission car park the circular walk of about 3 miles follows the Afon Mawddach River to its confluence with the Afon Cain through a beautiful wooded valley on good paths.


The pretty Pistyll Cain fall is on the tributary river Cain and tumbles 65ft over a terraced rock cliff. The fall is easily viewed from an iron bridge located just in front of it.

The second waterfall named Rhaeadr Mawddach is on the main river a little further on. This fall is not quite as tall as its neighbour but has a greater water flow. Just below the fall are the remains of the Gwynfynydd Goldmine. The English Royal family traditionally have wedding rings made from Welsh gold.

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