The village of Abergwyngregyn lies directly off the North Wales Coast between Conwy and Bangor. The name roughly translated to English means "white shell bay", which is symbolic as the coast here is part of the Lavan Sands, a species rich area of sand and mud and great for wading birds.
Walking through the traditional village, there are a number of interesting buildings clad in slate from local quarries, and the old mill is worth a stop for a cake and panad (cup of tea). Once you leave the village and head for the narrow river valley, the world seems to fall away behind you. The steep banks of the valley are covered with oak and birch woodland and are home to many iconic bird species, including Great Spotted Woodpecker, Black Redstart and in the summer Pied Flycatchers, Wood Warblers and Cuckoos. Following the path to the falls, you pass flocks of Welsh Mountain Sheep, hear buzzards mewing above you and smell the spring flowers or the autumn berries. While most people visit the falls, then turn back, there is a path which takes you around the other side of the valley, where you get fantastic views of the Lavan Sands and are also likely to meet the friendly Welsh Mountain Ponies that range these foothills to Snowdonia.