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Posted by
Jules (Drayton, United Kingdom) on 16 March 2012 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Swallow Falls (Rhaeadr Ewynnol) is the highest continuous waterfall in Wales. They can be seen on the River (Afon) Llugwy two miles west of Betws-y-Coed in the beautiful Gwydir Forest.

Swallow Fallls was given to the Betws-y-Coed council by the second Lord Ancaster. The council were more than pleased to accept it for they had incurred a debt of £15,000 through the installation of water and electricity supplies to the village, and it was anticipated that by charging to view the waterfall at close hand, it would provide a source of income to help pay off the debt. Over the years it certainly did. Once the debt was cleared the parish retained the waterfall as a source of income until 1974 when Local Government Reorganisation reduced the status of the parish council. But what an interlude that proved to be! An interlude when Betws-y-Coed was in the enviable position where its residents paid the lowest rates in the country!

Panasonic DMC-FZ18 1/125 second F/4.0 ISO 100 28 mm (35mm equiv.)

Panasonic DMC-FZ18
1/125 second
F/4.0
ISO 100
28 mm (35mm equiv.)

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