Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfall, Wales

Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfall, Wales

Today, we embarked on a five-hour hike through the stunning scenery of North Wales starting and finishing at the magnificent waterfall of Pistyll Rhaeadr which at 240ft (80m)  is the UK’s tallest single drop waterfall.

Video clip of waterfall

Despite being well into autumn (fall) much greenery was evident although this was tempered by the seasonal switch to golds, russets and browns.

Key features of today’s hike were:

  • Abundance of Rowan Trees laden with red berries.
  • A few horses including a Shetland Pony.
  • A good crop of crab apples, seemingly lacking an interested party to collect the fruit.
  • An abandoned lead mine which may have worked as far back as the Roman period through to final demise in the 19th century.
  • Numerous pheasants on and close to the road with self- preservation not high on their agenda.
  • High densities of sheep on the rich, green pastures and mountains.
  • Mountain vistas.
  • Mountain streams.
Rowan Berries, Rhaeadr Valley, Wales.

Rowan Berries, Rhaeadr Valley, Wales.

Friendly Horse in Rhaeadr Valley, Wales.

Friendly Horse in Rhaeadr Valley, Wales.

Former Lead Mine, Rhaeadr Valley, Wales.

Former Lead Mine, Rhaeadr Valley, Wales.

Mountain View, Rhaeadr Valley, Wales.

Mountain View, Rhaeadr Valley, Wales.

Crab Apples, Rhaeadr Valley, Wales

Crab Apples, Rhaeadr Valley, Wales

Hiking Rhaeadr Valley, Wales.

Hiking Rhaeadr Valley, Wales.

Rhaeadr Valley, Wales

Rhaeadr Valley, Wales.

On way to start of hike we encountered an unusual formation of sheep on the landscape as shown in the video clip below.

Overall, an excellent day aided by mild, dry weather with good visibility.

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