Waterfall walks straight out of a fairytale a short drive from Liverpool

Rhaeadr Dyserth Waterfall
-Credit: (Image: Trinity Mirror North Wales/Robert Parry Jones)

As the weather starts to warm up, many people will be looking to make the most of the blue skies and sun.

When we're lucky enough to get the weather, there is much on offer here on our doorstep in Liverpool, but it's only natural to turn your gaze a bit further afield when looking for something to do from time to time. That might includes some stunning waterfall trails, just a short drive away.

While you may not associate the North West with the amazing natural water features, there are more than you think. In fact, many of the picturesque waterfalls are hidden gems, unspoilt by masses of tourists and just waiting to be enjoyed after a short trip in the car.

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Most can be found surrounded by woodland and winding paths that are perfect to explore nature. Best of all - they’re all just a short drive from Liverpool. We have put together a list of some of the waterfalls not too far away which anyone can enjoy, whether you prefer a longer walk or a spot for a nice picnic.

Horseshoe Falls

Llantysilio horseshoe water falls
Llantysilio horseshoe water falls -Credit:Daily Post Wales

The Horseshoe Falls is less than a two-mile walk along the towpath from Llangollen. The curving weir on the River Dee brings water into the beautiful Llangollen Canal.

It's a top choice for families and boaters alike and it's easy to see why as the Horseshoe Falls lies on the 11 mile long UNESCO World Heritage Site around Pontcycylte Aqueducts and Chirk.

A set of slips ways have been built to allow canoes, paddleboards and other craft to safely enter the water, too.

Location: Llangollen LL20 8BN

Rhaeadr Dyserth Waterfall

Rhaeadr Dyserth Waterfall
Rhaeadr Dyserth Waterfall -Credit:Trinity Mirror North Wales/Robert Parry Jones

There is a small charge of 50p to see this beauty but reviewers all say it’s worth it. There is a trail behind these waterfalls, as well as a picnic area, café and toilets.

The nearest village and the Dyserth-Prestatyn walkway is also a great place to explore and it joins the Dyserth Circular walk.

Location: Rhaeadr Dyserth Waterfall, Waterfall Rd, Dyserth, Rhyl LL18 6ET

Swallow Falls

Swallow Falls
Swallow Falls -Credit:Trinity Mirror North Wales/Robert Parry Jones

This natural waterfall is so picturesque that it has been featured on film, postcards and canvas over the past 100 years. In a wooded setting, the waterfall is reachable by a narrow footpath. However, viewpoints of the falls can also be found on the south bank of the Llugwy with the convenience of parking along the A5 and within the hotel car park near by.

However, it is far more impressive if look at it from the foot along the northern bank.

Location: Swallow Falls, Snowdonia National Park, Betws-y-Coed, LL24 0DW

Aber Falls

Aber Falls
Aber Falls -Credit:Robert Parry Jones/Trinity Mirror North Wales

It’s a short and easy walk to this beautiful waterfall in Wales known as a hidden gem. Found about two miles south of the village Abergwyngregyn, just off the main A44 truck road. The waterfall is formed as the Afon Goch plunges about 120 feet over a sill of igneous rock.

If you’d like to extend your adventure, return on the North Wales Path which takes a route round the head of the valley, before returning to the village.

Location: Abergwyngregyn, Llanfairfechan LL33 0LP

Ceunant Mawr Waterfall

Llanberis Waterfall/Ceunant Mawr Waterfall
Llanberis Waterfall/Ceunant Mawr Waterfall -Credit:Arwyn Roberts/Daily Post Wales

Not only a stunning waterfall but a beautiful walk whatever the weather. Llanberis Waterfall of Rhaeadr Ceunant Mawr is definitely worth a diversion if you are ever in the area. It plunges about 100 feet and is just 10 minutes from the High Street.

It is an easy walk from Victoria Terrace bus stop towards the Snowdon Railway. Signs for ‘the waterfalls’ can then be followed. Location: 2 Waterfall View, Llanberis, Caernarfon LL55 4TH

Wepre Park

Wepre Park waterfall
Wepre Park waterfall -Credit:Robert Parry-Jones/Daily Post

It would be easy to spend the whole day exploring Wepre Park, 160 acres of country park with playing fields, a castle and woodland and waterfall. The dam and waterfall were created by the Victorian residents of the Old Hall.

The water used to be sent through the dam and into a turbine to produce electricity for the Hall. It is thought at over 200,000 visitors from across the country visit the park annually.

Location: Wepre Park, Connah's Quay, Deeside CH5 4HL

Pistyll Rhaeadr

David Beckham called Pistyll Rhaeadr 'ridiculously beautiful' on an Instagram post
David Beckham called Pistyll Rhaeadr 'ridiculously beautiful' on an Instagram post -Credit:Instagram

One of the Seven Wonders of Wales, Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall, can be found a few miles from the village of Pistyll Rhaeadr is a waterfall, located a few miles from the village of Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant in Powys. It is the UK’s tallest single drop waterfall and a wonderful view.

David Beckham visited the spot and posted pictures on his Instagram page calling it 'ridiculously beautiful'. If you don’t fancy the walk, there’s a café opposite where you can enjoy a hot drink and cake while admiring the view.

Location: Tanypistyll, Oswestry SY10 0BZ

Black Clough Waterfall

Popular with photographers, this spot looks like it is taken straight out of a movie screen. The little gem is located at the end of Longdendale Valley in a secluded spot that millions pass by without realising it is there.

There are actually three Black Cloughs, it is the Middle Black Clough which features an impressive 10m waterfall.

Location: A628, Glossop SK13 1JE

Ingleton waterfalls

This beauty spot offers some of the most spectacular woodland and waterfall views in the UK. Ingleton Waterfalls Trail is an all year round nature trail that boasts over four miles of ancient oak woodland and Yorkshire Dales.

It first opened in 1885 and the trail proved so popular that it made the history books in 1888 when over 3,5000 visited in one day alone. Location: Holme Head Farm Road, Carnforth LA6 3ET

Aysgarth Falls

Aysgarth Falls, Wensleydale, North Yorkshire
Ingleton Waterfalls Trail

Found on the River Ure and close to the National Park Centre, Aysgarth Falls is surrounded by beauty. The park centre can also point you in the direction of other scenic walks in the area taking in the surrounding woods or heading up to the villages of Carperby or Aysgarth.

Next to the Centre is the Coppice Café which serves a selection of drinks and meals largely made with locally-sourced ingredients. Location: North Yorkshire DL8 3SR

Gaping Gill

The entrance to Gaping Gill, the largest cavern in Britain
Aysgarth Falls, Wensleydale, North Yorkshire -Credit:Getty Images

Britain's highest unbroken waterfall plunges 328 feet into Gaping Gill. It's one of the most complex and largest cave systems in the country and although it's usually out of bounds to the public, it does allow people every once in a while.

Members of the public can descend to the main chamber twice a year when the Bradford and Craven pothole clubs set up a winch over the main shaft entrance. If you would like to to do it, contact one of the local companies who can help arrange a trip for you. Location: Clapdale Dr, Lancaster LA2 8EE

The Fairy Glen

Fairy Glen in Appley Bridge
The entrance to Gaping Gill, the largest cavern in Britain -Credit:Danny Lawson/PA Wire

If you’re looking for some peace and tranquillity that’s not too far from home, Fairy Glen near Parbold Hill in Appley Bridge might be the perfect place. The tucked away treasure in West Lancashire is popular with visitors for its waterfalls, woodlands and cliff faces.

Location: Parbold Hill, Wigan WN8 7TG

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