Coed y Cerrig National Nature Reserve, near Abergavenny
Small woodland big on variety with accessible...
Waterfall walks suitable for all
There is nowhere in Wales with as many spectacular waterfalls in such a small area as Waterfall Country in the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Waterfall Country lies within the triangle formed by the villages of Hirwaun, Ystradfellte, and Pontneddfechan.
Here, three rivers - the Afon Mellte, Afon Hepste and Afon Nedd Fechan - have carved their way through soft rocks to create steep wooded gorges full of caves and cascades.
Dinas Rock (Craig y Ddinas) is an imposing limestone cliff at the edge of the village of Pontneddfechan.
There was once an ancient fort on the flat top of Dinas Rock.
In more recent times, the area was home to a gunpowder works and you can see the ruins of the old industrial buildings today.
The Dinas Rock car park is the starting point for a short, all ability walk to the spectacular Sgydau Sychryd cascades and a strenuous route to Sgŵd-yr-Eira. This is the most well-known waterfall in Waterfall Country as you can walk right behind it.
Please note: Dinas Rock is an extremely popular destination for groups from outdoor activity centres and the car park can get full.
The walking trails are waymarked and start from the car park.
½ mile, 0.75 kilometres, (one way), accessible
This trail winds its way alongside the river through a narrow wooded gorge.
The huge rock known as Bwa Maen, an impressive geological fold, is on the other side of the river.
The trail reaches the Sgydau Sychryd cascades before returning along the same path.
It is suitable for more robust wheelchairs and buggies.
2 miles, 3.2 kilometres one way, strenuous
This trail’s destination is the famous Sgŵd-yr-Eira waterfall (which means “fall of snow” in Welsh).
A natural path leads into an alcove behind its thundering curtain of water.
Although there’s room to stand well back, the air is very moist and a waterproof is recommended! The trail also passes Dinas Rock hill fort and the old gunpowder works.
It returns to the car park along the same route.
You can reach Sgŵd-yr-Eira and three other dramatic waterfalls on the Four Falls Trail which is a circular route from the Gwaun Hepste car park.
The Sgydau Sychryd Trail is a short riverside route suitable for more robust wheelchairs.
Dinas Rock car park is 13 miles north east of Neath off the A465.
Car parking is free of charge.
Leave the A465 at the exit for Glynneath and the A4109. At the end of the slip road, follow signs for the B4242 and Pontneddfechan. Follow the brown and white signs for Dinas Rock through the village. Take the right fork immediately after the former Dinas Inn and continue for one kilometre. The car park is beyond the bus turn-around point after crossing the narrow bridge over the river.
Dinas Rock is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map OL 12.
The OS grid reference is SN 912 079.
The nearest train station is in Aberdare.
For details of public transport visit Traveline Cymru's website.
Tel: 0300 065 3000
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