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Berwyn Nature Reserve

Berwyn Nature Reserve

Nature Reserve, free entry



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The Berwyn National Nature Reserve boasts vast areas of moor-covered upland totalling nearly 20,000 acres within the magnificent Berwyn Mountain range. The Reserve is made up of seven separate locations on the mountain with the Pale Reserve covering over 9,000 acres across the main Berwyn Ridge. While the Berwyn is important for its habitats and wildlife, it also has a very rich archaeological heritage with ancient remains, ring cairns, platform houses and sheep folds scattered across the landscape. The moorland is all open access but please note that the ground can be difficult to walk on, with steep areas covered in thick heather and wet bog. Visitors are asked to be aware of ground-nesting birds in spring and summer, and to keep dogs on a lead.

There are a number of access points and routes to and across the Pale reserve including Pistyll Rhaeadr (at 240ft high, the tallest single drop waterfall in the UK) which is 4 miles north-west of Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant. Llandrillo is located between Bala and Corwen and a popular walk up ‘Heol Y Berwyn’ starts here; Hendwr is just to the north of Llandrillo. Milltir Gerrig is 12 miles east of Bala; visitors can follow the track to the boardwalk and will be led out onto the mountain ridge.

Open all the time


Free entry



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Map reference: SJ 072295  Lat: 52.85498 Long: -3.37830

Pistyll Rhaeadr is north-west of Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant, on the B4580. Drive through the main square past the Wynstay Arms and turn right into Waterfall Street just before Greatorex, the corner shop; the waterfall is signposted above the shop. Continue along Waterfall Street for four miles until the road ends at the waterfall; parking with charge.

Llandrillo is located on the B4401 between Bala and Corwen; parking is available. For Hendwr, travel north-east on the B4401 from Llandrillo and after a mile, turn left at the telephone kiosk opposite Hendwr caravan site; drive up the hill and continue for about half a mile where it is possible to park.

Milltir Gerrig can be accessed via the B4391 some 12 miles east of Bala, at the highest point in the road; parking is available.

Parking: free

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 18 miles from Gobowen station

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