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Editors' Choice - The Rivers of Wales

1.The Aber Falls, Snowdonia. Walk in the footsteps of the Princes of Gwynedd through the Coedydd Aber National Nature Reserve. The waterfall is best seen after heavy rains or decorated with winter ice.

This beautiful waterfall can be reached by wheelchair users but check with the CCW warden for advice and to ensure that all the gates are open.


2. The Nant Ffrancon, Snowdonia. This classic U-shaped valley was sculpted by a glacier during the last Ice Age and the evidence is all around in terms of geological features.

Stay in the Youth Hostel at Ogwen Cottage and look down the valley to the sea.

3. The Dyfi Estuary, Ceridigion. The Royal Society for the Protection Birds Reserve at Ynys Hir has a wide selection of natural habitats, including woodland, saltmarsh and wet grasslands.

Recommended during spring for its songbirds and flowers, it attracts large numbers of ducks and geese in winter.

4. Devil's Bridge, Ceredigion. Take the Vale of Rheidol narrow gauge train from Aberystwyth to Devils Bridge.

At your destination you will find three bridges built over each other spanning the spectacular gorge of the Afon Mynach, where the humid woodland conditions are ideal for ferns and mosses.

5. The Afon Teifi, Ceredigion, flows through a raised bog in the Cors Caron National Nature Reserve near Tregaron, with a bit of luck you will see a Red Kite.

Check out the Coracle Museum alongside the waterfalls at Cenarth.

6. The floodplain of the Afon Tywi, Carmarthenshire. Its open parklands, historic homes and gardens which have inspired bards and poets, define this beautiful historic landscape. The river channel in this area is an important spawning ground for the migratory shad and it has a resident otter population.

Take in the view of the floodplain from Dryslwyn Castle and visit the National Trust property Dinefwr Park and Castle, home to more than 100 fallow deer and a small herd of Dinefwr White Park Cattle. Or drop in and see the restoration of Aberglasney House and Gardens.

7. The Wye Valley, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on theWales-England Border. By the late 1700s political unrest in Europe made the Wye Valley and its picturesque landscape a very fashionable alternative to the Grand Tour.

Its native oak woods and viewing points remain important tourist attractions.

DID YOU KNOW? Pistyll Rhaeadr is, at 75 m, the highest waterfall in Wales.

Created February 2010