Penderyn - Scwd yr Eira / Waterfall.


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List Number - 13

Name on maps:

Scwd yr Eira / Waterfall.

English Name:





Afon Hepste

OS Outdoor Leisure Map: 12

        OS Landranger Map: 160

                   Map Reference: SN928100

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Access: There are of course lots of ways to visit this popular, waterfall. The first route is from Penderyn, which is on the A4059 a couple of miles north of Hirwaun. I have not walked this route. The Lamb Hotel (Pub) in Church Road is the starting point. Go to the end of the road and this should lead onto footpath which I would imagine to be well defined. This will take you to the Afon Hepste. About a mile and a half to two miles.

The second route which is about the same distance or maybe slightly longer is this. A465 (T) from Merthyr Tydfil towards Neath. Go Past Hirwaun. Turn left on the A4109 going under the A465 (T) and taking the first right (at the traffic lights?) onto the B4242 towards Pontneddfechan. In Pontneddfechan pass the public toilets and take the first right. This is the entrance to a housing estate. Keep going and at the end of the road is a very narrow bridge over the River Mellte, (Afon Mellte), followed by a car park. This is well used as youth groups, climbers and walkers all come and go from here. There is a closing time and it is locked so be wary.

Climbers use the impressive, Fortress Rock, a cliff face that dominates this location. Your route as the other path next to the River Sychryd has at the time of writing (2006) been declared unsafe. Go up a path to the rear of the car park, closer to Afon Mellte and next to Craig y Ddinas (or Dinas). After a while one reaches a flattish area. Follow the footpath to the left keeping the Afon Mellte to your left. After a couple of miles of pleasant walking you drop down to the waterfall.

The route that we have used the most is to Park at the Porth yr Ogof Caves at Ystradfellte. (Go through Penderyn, which is on the A4059 a couple of miles north of Hirwaun. Take the first turning on the left a narrow single tracked high walled country road and take the first left. The car park just before the bridge is the one you want not the one at the top of the hill.  It is well used and has an attendant which adds greatly to security. Cross over the road and head south along the banks of the Afon Mellte passing, Sced Clungwyn / Sqwd Clun-gwyn (Waterfall), Scwd Isaf / Scwd Isaf Clun-gwyn (Waterfall) and Scwd y Pannwr (Waterfall) before climbing out of the valley to take the footpath above the Afon Hepste. Finally, passing the dire warnings that there have been fatalities here, drop to the waterfall using the nice steps that have been placed there for this very purpose.




Comment: You can go behind this one and is a very well visited waterfall.


As May 2007 closed by the Forestry Commission (owners of the land) due to danger of falling rocks.

See link to: Brecon National Park.


We got soaked through on this wet winter’s day and Jan who is in the picture wrecked her boots due the water.




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