Fairy Glen
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This deep gorge is surrounded by a seemingly endless expanse of scenic beauty.
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  • tdavies1907
    3 contributions
    Great experience, lovely owner
    Visited today and as we made our way in a lady come outside and asked if we needed change, we got talking and she invited us into her farm to see some new born lambs in the sheds , which we loved. I have no issue with paying the entrance fee as we done research before and discovered it’s her property that she’s developed to a tourist attraction. Other places like Conwy Falls also charge for admission and some Snowdon car parks charge up to £20 to leave your car in the car park to walk up. After reading other comments about people walking further up the path to find a free way in says more about a person trying to skip a £1 than anything else. After all its farmers land they can charge what they want.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 February 2023
  • Chloe V
    18 contributions
    Pretty but a lot of effort. Not suitable if unfit or very young.
    We went with our 3 and just turned 6 year old I would not want to go with any children younger than this. We took the river route from the car park and the path is very narrow and the drop down to the river below is very very high. The steps down to the glen are steep, high and slate, so can be slippery. It is pretty but not amazing and based to the effort to get there I would not go back if in the area again. There are some picnic tables along the river which are nicely positioned for enjoying the views. It is £1 to park, £1 per adult and 50p per child- I think cash only. There are clear signs stating the price to enter the gate I don’t think you can genuinely miss the requirement to pay. Personally I feel you are accessing private land of which the path, fences, car park, bench’s and steps all need maintaining how can you expect it to be free. The signs are there if you do not wish to pay don’t go. The lady quite rightly is quick to come out and ask for payment.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 11 April 2023
  • Shelley
    Doncaster, United Kingdom29 contributions
    Questionable experience
    Walking to the Fairy Glen was okay until going downhill on very steep, slippy ground. Two men fell within minutes of each other. No handrail or fences along the more dangerous parts. The river walk was very pretty but still uneven ground in places. I wouldn’t want to take young children and certainly not suitable for those who have any mobility issues
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 April 2023
  • Philip E
    Leeds, United Kingdom167 contributions
    Worth a vist
    A really nice spot for a walk around the riverside. We went on a sunnt day and was quiet so got some great pictures. We walked there, so no parking fee, but paid the £1 each in the honesty box which was very cheap. A few picnic benches around and ideal for a pleasant afternoon.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 23 June 2023
  • June A
    Surrey, United Kingdom2,657 contributions
    A nice place to spend an hour or so, but a little hard to find
    The glen can be a little hard to find - it has a car park although I walked from Betws-y-Coed which took about half an hour perhaps. The walk itself is nice through woodland and along the riverbanks until you get to the entrance where you walk past the goats to the Glen itself. It can be a bit of a scramble and gets steep in places but is not too bad. The water was quite low when I visited so it was easy to scramble over the rocks for some close ups. A nice place to spend an hour or so.
    Visited July 2022
    Written 30 June 2023
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Martell
Chester, UK11 contributions
Sep 2023 • Solo
Good excersize but I wasn't sure what the fuss was about when I reached the end.
Steps are very steep and quite dangerous. It's easier going back up than going down them!
Written 7 September 2023
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deborah w
4 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
Absolutely beautiful
Swam from top to bottom
Beautiful scenery 👌 and wild life
The gorge is picturesque
Written 26 July 2023
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Flora W
London, UK31 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
This is a magical place to visit. Difficult climb down rocky slippery slate pathway but really worth the effort. The gate keeper was very friendly and helpful. Minimal charge for the upkeep.
Written 19 July 2023
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June A
Surrey, UK2,657 contributions
Jul 2022
The glen can be a little hard to find - it has a car park although I walked from Betws-y-Coed which took about half an hour perhaps. The walk itself is nice through woodland and along the riverbanks until you get to the entrance where you walk past the goats to the Glen itself. It can be a bit of a scramble and gets steep in places but is not too bad. The water was quite low when I visited so it was easy to scramble over the rocks for some close ups. A nice place to spend an hour or so.
Written 30 June 2023
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Philip E
Leeds, UK167 contributions
Jun 2023
A really nice spot for a walk around the riverside. We went on a sunnt day and was quiet so got some great pictures. We walked there, so no parking fee, but paid the £1 each in the honesty box which was very cheap. A few picnic benches around and ideal for a pleasant afternoon.
Written 23 June 2023
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Raya L
1 contribution
Jun 2023 • Couples
Can't really give any more stars, we put fairy glen as prime destination on our list and we came from Scotland, with a motorhome. YES there are 2 signs on the road as you turn into the place (that say NO MOTORHOMES) 1ST- alot of people oupdnt even see it as being too busy navigating throught the gates, 2nd- we don't remember finding anything online that would suggest that no motorhomes are allowed.
We seen a woman running up to us , in attempt to stop us from coming further, saying that there are 2 signs saying no motorhomes.
We understand, it's private, but it should be abit more advertised , that no motorhomes are allowed. Was absolutely gutted as looked forward to going there.
Written 11 June 2023
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Travelling maid
7 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
Lovely short countryside walk. We didn’t use the carpark as we cycled there. Paid £1 each which is nothing these days. Spotted another couple refusing to put money in the honesty box, shame on them as it’s privately owned and why should you expect it to be free!

Wear sturdy shoes as the rocks can be tricky but I’ve got a bad knee and I managed them ok although in wet weather I would expect them to be slippery. You need to be fit and able to negotiate the steps, anyone with mobility issues would probably struggle.
Written 9 June 2023
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LondonLover99
Essex, UK220 contributions
May 2023 • Family
Fabulous afternoon for wild swimming & a picnic with the kids!!! Absolutely stunning location and well worth the honesty box fee.
Written 31 May 2023
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Shelley
Doncaster, UK29 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
Walking to the Fairy Glen was okay until going downhill on very steep, slippy ground. Two men fell within minutes of each other. No handrail or fences along the more dangerous parts. The river walk was very pretty but still uneven ground in places. I wouldn’t want to take young children and certainly not suitable for those who have any mobility issues
Written 30 April 2023
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Chloe V
18 contributions
Apr 2023
We went with our 3 and just turned 6 year old I would not want to go with any children younger than this. We took the river route from the car park and the path is very narrow and the drop down to the river below is very very high. The steps down to the glen are steep, high and slate, so can be slippery. It is pretty but not amazing and based to the effort to get there I would not go back if in the area again. There are some picnic tables along the river which are nicely positioned for enjoying the views. It is £1 to park, £1 per adult and 50p per child- I think cash only. There are clear signs stating the price to enter the gate I don’t think you can genuinely miss the requirement to pay. Personally I feel you are accessing private land of which the path, fences, car park, bench’s and steps all need maintaining how can you expect it to be free. The signs are there if you do not wish to pay don’t go. The lady quite rightly is quick to come out and ask for payment.
Written 12 April 2023
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