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Waterfall Country Woodlands - Pont Melin-fach, near Ystradfellte

Small picnic site with a waterfall walk downstream

View of a waterfall at Pont Melin-fach, near Ystradfellte

What's here

Dogs welcome
Parking (free)
Picnic area
Walking trail

Coronavirus update

 

All Natural Resources Wales (NRW) car parks, play areas and toilet blocks in the reserves, woods and forests are closed from 23 March 2020.

 

For more information see our main page on coronavirus.

Welcome

Pont Melin-fach is a small car park and picnic area in a picturesque location next to an old stone bridge.

It is reached via a narrow road and is a bit off the beaten track but it makes a great starting point for exploring the woodlands and waterfalls of the Cwm Nedd Fechan valley.

The Elidir Trail heads downstream from here and goes past four waterfalls.

The entrance to a fairy kingdom is reputed to be somewhere along the Elidir Trail but you are more likely to spot wildlife on your visit - keep a look out for the dipper bird (a small dark bird with a white breast that walks underwater).

Waterfall Country

Pont Melin-fach is in a popular part of the Brecon Beacons National Park known as Waterfall Country.

Waterfall Country has more spectacular waterfalls than any other similar area in Wales.

It lies within the triangle formed by the villages of Hirwaun, Ystradfellte, and Pontneddfechan.

Here, three rivers - Afon Mellte, Afon Hepste and Afon Nedd Fechan - have carved their way through soft rocks to create steep wooded gorges full of caves and tumbling cascades.

Go to the Brecon Beacons National Park website for more places to visit in Waterfall Country.

Walking trail

The walking trail is waymarked and starts from the Pont Melin-fach car park. 

You can also follow the trail upstream from the village of Pontneddfechan.

Elidir Trail

3 miles/4.8 kilometres (one way), moderate

The Elidir Trail heads downstream from the car park following Afon Nedd Fechan river until it joins the Afon Pyrddin river.

There is an optional short detour to see the impressive Sgwd Gwladus waterfall.

The trail ends at the village of Pontneddfechan and the route back to the car park is along the same path.

The ground is uneven in many places and wet, and there are some steep climbs and ascents.

Closures and diversions

Please note:

  • Sometimes we need to close or divert trails for your safety whilst we undertake maintenance work or forest operations
  • Occasionally we may have to close a site in extreme weather, such as high winds or snow and ice due to the risk of injury to visitors or staff
  • Please always follow any instructions onsite and make sure you follow any temporary diversion signs in place

How to get here

Pont Melin-fach is four miles north east of Glynneath off the B4242.

Car parking is free of charge.

The car park is small and can get full.

Directions

Take the B4242 from Glynneath to Pontneddfechan. Turn left towards Ystradfellte and follow this road for two kilometres. Turn left onto a no through road (signed as unsuitable for coaches).  Follow this narrow road (which has limited passing spaces) for one kilometre. The Pont Melin-fach car park is on the left, immediately after crossing the stone bridge.

Download a location map.

Ordnance Survey map

Pont Melin-fach is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map OL 12.

The OS grid reference is SN 908 105.

Public transport

The nearest train station is in Neath.

For details of public transport visit Traveline Cymru's website.

Contact details

Tel: 0300 065 3000

Email: enquiries@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk

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