Aberdulais   - Falls

 

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List Number - 1

Name on maps:

Falls

English Name:

Aberdulais Falls

Place:

Aberdulais 

River:

Dulais

OS Outdoor Leisure Map: Nil

        OS Landranger Map: 170

                   Map Reference: SS772995

Rating (1 is low,5 is high): 

Access: In March 2008, £4.00 for an adult, free to members, parking right outside. Lots to see at this old tin mine. The waterwheel commercially producing electricity for the National Grid! Enjoyable on the day we visited and we both wished we had taken our sandwiches with us.

 

 

 

 

Comment: National Trust. Pay and time limits.

 

The link will give some suggestions as to how to get there.

 

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-aberdulaisfalls/w-aberdulaisfalls-gettingthere.htm

 

 

 

 

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Ynys-dwfnant - Waterfall.

 

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List Number - 2

Name on maps:

Waterfall.

English Name:

 

Place:

Ynys-dwfnant

River:

Unnamed

OS Outdoor Leisure Map: Nil

        OS Landranger Map: 170

                   Map Reference: SN804014

Rating (1 is low,5 is high):

Access: These waterfalls cascade down a steep hillside under the B4242 into the River Neath. The falls are directly between Aberdulais and Ynysdwfnant place signs and there is a lay bye close by where one can park. The B4242 was obviously the A465 in times gone bye and is now a much quieter road. Some years ago there was a wooden footbridge over the river to allow walkers to go to and from Aberdulais without mingling with traffic. If you wish there is a steep footpath going up the left hand bank when going up the hill, where the higher falls can be examined more closely. Just cross over the road bridge and take the track to the left and after a large rock the path goes straight up the hill.

 

 

Comment: Next to road.

 

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Resolven / Resolfen - Waterfall.

 

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List Number - 3

Name on maps:

Waterfall.

English Name:

Melincourt / The Court of the Mill / Melin Court

Place:

Resolven / Resolfen

River:

Melin Court Brook

OS Outdoor Leisure Map: Nil

        OS Landranger Map: 170

                   Map Reference: SN826017

Rating (1 is low,5 is high): 

Access: To get there turn off the A465 Myrtha Tydfil to Neath road to Resolven. Drive through the village, (lots of 20 mph signs) as the houses get more spread out you go over a bridge and will see a car park to the right. Picnic tables and the like.

 

Cross over the road and take the good, wide path up the right hand side of the river (there is no other!) until you reach the falls.

 

There are two of them.  Waterfalls being dependant on water are best visited after prolonged rain. Usually in this Country at any time of the year. I like the waterfalls so would generally say between January and late May. Often November onwards.

 

On Tuesday 20th July 1819 Michael Faraday visited these falls as part of an afternoon ‘ramble’.  Having read his account I feel that this was just before it was spoilt by industrialisation of the Neath Valley. It is today very pretty with interesting trees and the say rare and exotic ferns.

 

 

 

 

 

Comment: There was a very large water mill here. Good path. Easy Parking.

Painted by Turner in 1794.

Michael Faraday visited the falls a few years later on a wet Tuesday 20th July 1819. I have a copy of his account of the visit, which makes interesting reading.  I will try and make available in due course.

Two links show the difference a bit of rain makes:

http://www.wilderness-wales.co.uk/ww/october/october22.html

 

http://www.wilderness-wales.co.uk/ww/october/october31.html

 

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/518

 

Just Google it and you will find lovely pictures and lots of info.

 

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Crynant Forest - Unmarked.

 

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List Number - 4

Name on maps:

Unmarked.

English Name:

 

Place:

Crynant Forest

River:

Tributary of Tawe

OS Outdoor Leisure Map: Nil

        OS Landranger Map: 160

                   Map Reference: SN764064

Rating (1 is low,5 is high): 

Access: Follow the forestry track up the hill. To the left there will be a view over Tareni Gleision. Just after the fields disappear there is a newly, (2008), built forestry track to the left and another to the right. Turn left and after about 400 yards along the track the waterfall will be seen to the left. There is a lot of forestry work going on in the area so all may change.

 

Can also walk past Tareni Gleision, which was once a farm, but now boarding kennels (2008) where there is a public footpath across several fields under the electric pylons to the waterfall.

 

Warning: Watch out for old rusty barbed wire at the left hand side of the stream as you look towards the waterfall and sometimes low down on the bank right next to the stream and some higher up. The forestry paths are rough with quite large stones, which make walking difficult in softer footwear.

 

 

 

Comment: Park in a lay bye next to forestry track about half a mile before Tareni Gleision.

 

There is work in progress in the large area just prior to Tareni Gleision.

 

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Crynant Forest - Unmarked.

 

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List Number - 5

Name on maps:

Unmarked.

English Name:

 

Place:

Crynant Forest

River:

Tributary of Tawe

OS Outdoor Leisure Map: Nil

        OS Landranger Map: 160

                   Map Reference: SN758066

Rating (1 is low,5 is high): 

Access: A474 from Neath to Pontardawe. At Gelinudd turn right. At the next crossroads turn left going along this road past the turning to Cilybebyll. Keep on almost to the farm Tareni Gleision. Here there is a large area, which is big enough for parking. Take the gate down the hill following the track towards the gold mine, which in January 2004 was still active. At a point, which when we went was not obvious, the footpath goes down the hill at an angle on the bank under the gold mine. It was totally overgrown with brambles making the trek unpleasant. Almost at the bottom of the hill there is a well-used path. Follow this for a short while and you will be rewarded with this pretty waterfall.

 

Warning: The spoil heaps at the mine are unstable. Do not climb them!

 

 

Comment: I have the feeling that this could be disappointing in anything approaching dry weather. It is thought that it would be easier to do this from the villages at the bottom of the hill due to the obviously well used paths.

 

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Pontneddfechan - Waterfall.

 

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List Number - 6

Name on maps:

Waterfall.

English Name:

 

Place:

Pontneddfechan

River:

Sychryd

OS Outdoor Leisure Map: 12

        OS Landranger Map: 160

                   Map Reference: SN918078

Rating (1 is low,5 is high): 

Access: A465(T) from Myrthyr 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. A little while further on bear right down past the old Dinas Silica Quarries. Pass the bridge and remain on the left hand side of the bank. Enter the river just below the fall and a god view can be had from the right hand bank when going upstream.

This should have been so easy to find but for some reason it wasn’t. The bracken in August was high and conceals drops, boulders and brambles. Eventually we found it but is really was an effort. People don’t seem to go there which is a shame as it is a reasonably pretty waterfall. Next to the waterfall there is an old pathway, cut into the side of the hill, leading high up out of the valley. It’s easy walking to the top and then nothing but a barbed wire fences so not a good route. You can see everyone through the trees 100 feet below you but can’t get there, as it’s a sheer drop! Over the fence works but is not permitted! So the message is go back to the path to the north of the river it is the easy option.

 

 

Comment:  Warning: Do not enter the river after heavy rain.

 

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Pontneddfechan  - Waterfall.

 

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List Number - 7

Name on maps:

Waterfall.

English Name:

 

Place:

Pontneddfechan

River:

Sychryd

OS Outdoor Leisure Map: 12

        OS Landranger Map: 160

                   Map Reference: SN915080

Rating (1 is low,5 is high): 

Access: A465(T) from Myrthyr 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. A little while further on bear right down past the old Dinas Silica Quarries. On reaching the river and close to a bridge the waterfall can be clearly see. 

 

 

Comment: Warning: There have been a number of drownings at this location. For instance on the 3rd August 2001 Jason Dalton 17 years drowned trying to save a Lecturer and a fellow student. In 1998 Kevin Thomas drowned trying to save a schoolboy.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/1470996.stm

 

 

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Pontneddfechan - Pwll y Crockan / Unmarked.

 

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List Number - 7A

Name on maps:

Pwll y Crockan / Unmarked.

English Name:

 

Place:

Pontneddfechan

River:

Sychryd

OS Outdoor Leisure Map: 12

        OS Landranger Map: 160

                   Map Reference: SN925071

Rating (1 is low,5 is high): Nil

Access: Just don’t bother. It nearly killed me. If you like litter and plastic bottles and no sun this is a must do! I do have some video of it if you want to see it without the effort.

 

 

Comment: Horrible! This was difficult to get to and when we got there it was not nice.

 

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Pontneddfechan  - Scwd Einion Gam / Waterfall.

 

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List Number - 8

Name on maps:

Scwd Einion Gam / Waterfall.

English Name:

Cascade of Snow - or perhaps Waterfall of Snow

Place:

Pontneddfechan

River:

Afon Pyrddin

OS Outdoor Leisure Map: 12

        OS Landranger Map: 160

                   Map Reference: SN891093

Rating (1 is low,5 is high): +

Access: Travelling the A465 from Merthyr Tydfil towards Glyn-Neath go towards Pontneddfechan, A4109. (Left off the duel carriageway). After going under the underpass take the first right at the first crossroads onto the B4242. After a pub, The Angel, followed by the Pontneddfechan’s Public Conveniences. Park somewhere in this area and take the parked footpath opposite the WC and behind The Angel Inn, through some metal gates onto a well made up path which runs next to the river Nedd Fechan. After about 20 minutes there is an iron bridge where the river, Pyrddin joins Nedd Fechan. Keep on the same side of the river and you will reach the Scwd Gwladus. There is a small viewing platform here. To get to the top of the falls either return to the bridge and cross here and go up the right hand bank of the river Pyrddin or ford the river. The rocks on this river and particularly at the top of the fall are like ice. Now once at the top of Scwd Gladus follow the path through the woods and along the flat rock at the edge of the river. You cross and re-cross the river many times. Follow paths up slippery banks to be presented with impassable sheer drops only to be forced to return. Wet and bruised feet were unavoidable on the day we made the trip. As we had done a lot that day I nearly gave up but wow we rounded a bend and spent a long time there. Magical! 

 

 

Comment: Have to walk along the, slippery riverbed to do this one. But it was very pretty on the day that we went there.

This apparently is a very difficult fall to photograph because it rarely falls into full light.  This is a still taken from video so we were very lucky

 

http://www.wilderness-wales.co.uk/pg/yf/segf75.jpg

 

http://www.wilderness-wales.co.uk/pg/yf/segs60.jpg

 

 

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Pontneddfechan - Sgwd Gwladus (Gwladys) / Waterfalls.

 

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List Number - 9

Name on maps:

Sgwd Gwladus (Gwladys) / Waterfalls.

English Name:

Glady’s Falls

Place:

Pontneddfechan

River:

Afon Pyrddin

OS Outdoor Leisure Map: 12

        OS Landranger Map: 160

                   Map Reference: SN896093

Rating (1 is low,5 is high): 

Access: Travelling the A465 from Merthyr Tydfil towards Glyn-Neath go towards Pontneddfechan, A4109. (Left off the duel carriageway). After going under the underpass take the first right at the first crossroads onto the B4242. After a pub, The Angel, followed by the Pontneddfechan’s Public Conveniences. Park somewhere in this area and take the parked footpath opposite the WC and behind The Angel Inn, through some metal gates onto a well made up path which runs next to the river Nedd Fechan. After about 20 minutes there is an iron bridge where the river, Pyrddin joins Nedd Fechan. Keep on the same side of the river and you will reach the Scwd Gwladus. There is a small viewing platform here. To get to the top of the falls either return to the bridge and cross here and go up the right hand bank of the river Pyrddin or ford the river. The rocks on this river and particularly at the top of the fall are like ice.

 

 

Comment: Good path easy walking.

http://www.wilderness-wales.co.uk/pg/yf/sgfi75.jpg

 

http://www.wilderness-wales.co.uk/pg/yf/sgf60.jpg

 

http://www.wilderness-wales.co.uk/pg/yf/sgs60.jpg

 

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Pontneddfechan - Horseshoe Falls /

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List Number - 10

Name on maps:

Horseshoe Falls /

Waterfall.

English Name:

Horseshoe Falls

Place:

Pontneddfechan

River:

Nedd / Nedd Fechan.

OS Outdoor Leisure Map: 12

        OS Landranger Map: 160

                   Map Reference: SN901093

Rating (1 is low,5 is high): 

Access: Two main options Both start the same. Travelling the A465 from Merthyr Tydfil towards Glyn-Neath go towards Pontneddfechan, A4109. (Left off the duel carriageway). After going under the underpass take the first right at the first crossroads onto the B4242.

After a pub, The Angel, followed by the Pontneddfechan’s Public Conveniences. Park somewhere in this area and take the parked footpath opposite the WC and behind The Angel Inn, through some metal gates onto a well made up path which runs next to the river Nedd Fechan. After about 20 minutes there is an iron bridge where the river, Pyrddin joins Nedd Fechan. Cross the bridge and follow the path to the left hand side of the River Pyrddin until you reach Horseshoe Falls. (The author has not walked the route from the bridge to Horseshoe Falls).

Follow the main road through Pontneddfechan and out of the valley towards Ystradfellte. After about two miles take a narrow road to the left to the bridge at Pont Melin Fach over the Nedd Fachan. Just past the bridge is a car park and picnic area. Follow the path down the river past lots of nice waterfalls until you reach Horseshoe Falls

 

 

Comment: If you take the second route bear in mind that the river drops a long way

 

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Pontneddfechan - Lower Ddwli / Waterfalls.

 

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List Number - 11

Name on maps:

Lower Ddwli / Waterfalls.

English Name:

 

Place:

Pontneddfechan

River:

Nedd / Nedd Fechan.

OS Outdoor Leisure Map: 12

        OS Landranger Map: 160

                   Map Reference: SN904098

Rating (1 is low,5 is high): 

Access: Two main options Both start the same. Travelling the A465 from Merthyr Tydfil towards Glyn-Neath go towards Pontneddfechan, A4109. (Left off the duel carriageway). After going under the underpass take the first right at the first crossroads onto the B4242.

1. After a pub, The Angel, followed by the Pontneddfechan’s Public Conveniences. Park somewhere in this area and take the parked footpath opposite the WC and behind The Angel Inn, through some metal gates onto a well made up path which runs next to the river Nedd Fechan. After about 20 minutes there is an iron bridge where the river, Pyrddin joins Nedd Fechan. Cross the bridge and follow the path to the left hand side of the River Pyrddin until you reach Horseshoe Falls. (The author has not walked the route from the bridge at the junction with the River Pyrddin to Horseshoe Falls). Go to *

 

2.Follow the main road through Pontneddfechan and out of the valley towards Ystradfellte. After about two miles take a narrow road to the left to the bridge at Pont Melin Fach over the Nedd Fachan. Just past the bridge is a car park and picnic area. Follow the path down the river past lots of nice waterfalls until you reach Horseshoe Falls.

 

* Lower Ddwli Waterfall is a short distance up the river and within site of Horsehoe Falls. Unless in heavy flood you can walk up the rock pavement. To view it more closely.

 

 

Comment:

 

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Penderyn - Lower Cilhepste /

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List Number - 12

Name on maps:

Lower Cilhepste /

Waterfall.

English Name:

 

Place:

Penderyn

River:

Afon Hepste

OS Outdoor Leisure Map: 12

        OS Landranger Map: 160

                   Map Reference: SN927099

Rating (1 is low,5 is high): 

Access: This, as far as I can see is a fairly low water version of Scwd yr Eira / Waterfall. Basically. If you are at that waterfall. You walk along the bank to its right going down stream. There will become apparent a very narrow path which is fine if you have good concentration, coordination, practice, strength and fitness. It then goes against all of your instincts to stay with the river as the path veers away from the very thing that you want to see. Follow the path. But after it drops down to a flat area bear to your left back towards the river.  Having done a 210-degree back to the river some of this waterfall is visible. It seems that even in this apparently isolated spot there was industrial activity as this picture was taken from a stone built wall leading into the river. Perhaps a mill?

 

Sites of modern open fires on the flat area near to the fall make me think of the need for escape from the watchful eyes of others. A freedom, a need, to have space to ones self.

 

 

Comment: This was not so easy to video and this picture was taken in a low water summer!

 

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Pontneddfechan - Upper Ddwli / Scwd Ddwli / Waterfalls.

 

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List Number - 14

Name on maps:

Upper Ddwli / Scwd Ddwli / Waterfalls.

English Name:

 

Place:

Pontneddfechan

River:

Nedd Fechan / Nedd.

OS Outdoor Leisure Map: 12

        OS Landranger Map: 160

                   Map Reference: SN905099

Rating (1 is low,5 is high): 

Access: Two main options Both start the same. Travelling the A465 from Merthyr Tydfil towards Glyn-Neath go towards Pontneddfechan, A4109. (Left off the duel carriageway). After going under the underpass take the first right at the first crossroads onto the B4242.

1. After a pub, The Angel, followed by the Pontneddfechan’s Public Conveniences. Park somewhere in this area and take the parked footpath opposite the WC and behind The Angel Inn, through some metal gates onto a well made up path which runs next to the river Nedd Fechan. After about 20 minutes there is an iron bridge where the river, Pyrddin joins Nedd Fechan. Cross the bridge and follow the path to the left hand side of the River Pyrddin until you reach Horseshoe Falls. (The author has not walked the route from the bridge at the junction with the River Pyrddin to Horseshoe Falls). Past the Lower Ddwli Waterfall until you reach Upper Ddwli.

 

2.Follow the main road through Pontneddfechan and out of the valley towards Ystradfellte. After about two miles take a narrow road to the left to the bridge at Pont Melin Fach over the Nedd Fachan. Just past the bridge is a car park and picnic area. Follow the path down the river to Upper Ddwli  Falls.

 

 

Comment: This is a very pretty waterfall and a very safe and easy walk from a picnic area even in time of flood.

 

Nice picture:

http://www.wilderness-wales.co.uk/pg/yf/sds75.jpg

 

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Penderyn - Scwd yr Eira / Waterfall.

 

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List Number - 13

Name on maps:

Scwd yr Eira / Waterfall.

English Name:

 

Place:

Penderyn

River:

Afon Hepste

OS Outdoor Leisure Map: 12

        OS Landranger Map: 160

                   Map Reference: SN928100

Rating (1 is low,5 is high): 

Access: Link to additional pages for this route and access.

 

 

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 winters day and Jan who is in the picture wrecked her boots due the water.

 

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Ystradfellte - Scwd y Pannwr (Waterfall) / Waterfall.

 

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List Number - 15

Name on maps:

Scwd y Pannwr (Waterfall) / Waterfall.

English Name:

 

Place:

Ystradfellte

River:

Afon Mellte

OS Outdoor Leisure Map: 12

        OS Landranger Map: 160

                   Map Reference: SN923103

Rating (1 is low,5 is high): 

Access: Link to additional pages for this route and access.

 

 

Comment: This is part of the waterfall walk and is worth a look even in summer.

 

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Ystradfellte - Scwd Isaf / Scwd Isaf Clun-gwyn (Waterfall) / Waterfall.

 

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List Number - 16

Name on maps:

Scwd Isaf / Scwd Isaf Clun-gwyn (Waterfall) / Waterfall.

English Name:

 

Place:

Ystradfellte

River:

Afon Mellte

OS Outdoor Leisure Map: 12

        OS Landranger Map: 160

                   Map Reference: SN924106

Rating (1 is low,5 is high): 

Access: Link to additional pages for this route and access.

 

 

Comment: This is part of the waterfall walk and is worth a look even in summer. There is a narrow path to the right of the picture which is wide enough to easily walk on. It is shut now for most of the time. We have walked this several times once when it was in full flood. I have had two people become uneasy on this path, as wide as it is, due to the movement of the water underneath. There is a bit of a scrabble to get down to where the picture is taken. There is a broader gentle, longer, route which can be taken. Having done this a lot of times I am happy with this path and am usually under pressure of time when I visit.

 

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Ystradfellte - Sced Clungwyn / Sqwd Clun-gwyn (Waterfall).

 

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List Number - 17

Name on maps:

Sced Clungwyn / Sqwd Clun-gwyn (Waterfall).

English Name:

 

Place:

Ystradfellte

River:

Afon Mellte

OS Outdoor Leisure Map: 12

        OS Landranger Map: 160

                   Map Reference: SN924110

Rating (1 is low,5 is high): 

Access: Link to additional pages for this route and access.

 

 

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Coelbren  - Henrhyd Falls.

 

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List Number - 18

Name on maps:

Henrhyd Falls.

English Name:

 

Place:

Coelbren

River:

Nant Llech (Pellaf)

OS Outdoor Leisure Map: 12

        OS Landranger Map: 160

                   Map Reference: SN854120

Rating (1 is low,5 is high): 

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Comment: Highest single Fall Waterfall in Wales.  Looks just like the highest single fall waterfall in England; Hardraw Force, Wensleydale, Yorkshire Dales. You can go behind this one. Free parking and entry although National Trust.  Well maintained. The first two times visited shut due to landslip!

 

Fforest Fawr Geopark has good information.

 

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Talybont Reservoir - Waterfall.

 

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List Number - 19

Name on maps:

Waterfall.

English Name:

 

Place:

Talybont Reservoir

River:

Afon Crawnon

OS Outdoor Leisure Map: 12

        OS Landranger Map: 161

                   Map Reference: SO091149

Rating (1 is low,5 is high): Not visited.

Not visited.Access:

 

 

Comment:

 

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Ystradowen - Waterfall.

 

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List Number - 20

Name on maps:

Waterfall.

English Name:

 

Place:

Ystradowen

River:

Afon Twrch

OS Outdoor Leisure Map: 12

        OS Landranger Map: 160/161

                   Map Reference: SN773154

Rating (1 is low,5 is high): Not visited.

Not visited.Access:

 

 

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Blaentringarth / Ystradoffte - Unmarked / Waterfall.

 

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List Number - 21

Name on maps:

Unmarked / Waterfall.

English Name:

 

Place:

Blaentringarth / Ystradoffte

River:

Afon Dringarth

OS Outdoor Leisure Map: 12

        OS Landranger Map: 160

                   Map Reference: SN943161

Rating (1 is low,5 is high): Not visited.

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Castell Goch - Unmarked.

 

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List Number - 22

Name on maps:

Unmarked.

English Name:

 

Place:

Castell Goch

River:

Afon Llia

OS Outdoor Leisure Map: Nil

        OS Landranger Map: 160

                   Map Reference: SN928163

Rating (1 is low,5 is high): Never located.

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Comment: Never located

 

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Talybont Reservoir  - Waterfalls.

 

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List Number - 23

Name on maps:

Waterfalls.

English Name:

 

Place:

Talybont Reservoir

River:

Nant (Cwm) Bwrefwr.

OS Outdoor Leisure Map: 12

        OS Landranger Map: 160

                   Map Reference: SO061175

Rating (1 is low,5 is high): 

Access: There are two ways to get to these falls. The first from Talybont-on-Usk, take the road to Pontsticill that goes alongside the Talybont Reservoir. At the end of the reservoir follow the river for about two miles until the river passes under the road bridge (Pont Blaen-y-glyn). A few hundred yards past this bridge is a picnic area and parking places. The main waterfall can be reached by either following the forestry track on the right hand side of the road opposite the picnic area or going back to the bridge and following the river up the hill.

 

If taking the forestry track a small bridge crosses a tributary to the main river (Caerfanell). It is worth a quick detour into the pine wood and have a look at two quite interesting waterfalls about 50 to 100 metres away hidden in the forest.

 

 See Waterfall number 24.

 

The second route is from Pontsticill (Merthyr Tydfil) following the Taff Trail to the Talybont Forest.

 

 

Comment: This is a nice walk and the falls carry on above and below this one which is one of the highest. It can just be a small trickle in summer but still would be a nice area to stop with children.

 

It is used sometimes by Outdoor Centres to take primary children river running below this waterfall. Not when it is like this though!

 

It is worth exploring this area as there are lots of waterfalls within close proximity.

 

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Talybont Reservoir  - Waterfall(s). 

 

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List Number - 24

Name on maps:

Waterfall(s). 

English Name:

 

Place:

Talybont Reservoir

River:

Nant (Cwm)  Bwrefwr.

OS Outdoor Leisure Map: 12

        OS Landranger Map: 160

                   Map Reference: SO055177

Rating (1 is low,5 is high): 

 Access: There are two ways to get to these falls. The first from Talybont-on-Usk, take the road to Pontsticill that goes alongside the Talybont Reservoir. At the end of the reservoir follow the river for about two miles until the river passes under the road. A few hundred yards past this bridge is a picnic area and parking places. (Good for waterfall 23).

 

Carry on up the road and the road bears sharply left. To the right is a parking area. Under the road through a large pipe flows a small stream which disappears into the Forest. Go into the forest and have a wander around there are lots of little waterfalls. Beware of the sheer drop in the forest!  

 

 

 

 

Comment: These falls is right next to the road and if taking children or dogs make sure that they don’t go far. A few hundred yards behind where the picture was taken there is a 35 to 40 metre sheer drop just before the footpath veers sharp left over the lip of another fall. There are several falls over this lip all of which are better viewed from below.

 

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Gwyn Arms / Glyntawe - Scwd Ddu / Unmarked.

 

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List Number - 25

Name on maps:

Scwd Ddu / Unmarked.

English Name:

 

Place:

Gwyn Arms / Glyntawe

River:

Afon Haffes

OS Outdoor Leisure Map: 12

        OS Landranger Map: 160

                   Map Reference: SN829180

Rating (1 is low,5 is high): 

Access: This waterfall is very close to the famous Dan y Ogof Caves. I am told are well worth a visit.  On the A4067 between Abercraf and Defymog, which is probably as clear as mud. Park near Glyntawe at Tawe Bridge. There is a Public House on the side road that makes a good place to stop after the walk. Cross the road and follow the path a short way up the right hand side of the river Haffes before fording it. When we went the first time the river was quite low and we walked along its sides up towards the falls. It makes a nice walk but the old red sandstone rocks are like ice even in summer. The river disappears at points and this is true pothole country. There was a sign on the first visit, hand painted warning of the dangers to life in trying to cross the river in flood. The next time we went the sign was still there and quite high up but covered with the results of flood. This river is dangerous in flood. Perhaps a better way would be to visit the caves and park there or the Shire Horse Centre taking the footpath to the left hand bank. Follow it up a steep path high onto the hill. After about a mile and a bit you will see an area of very black peat. Cut of the track to the right towards the waterfall. Walking back if you fancy along the ridge overlooking Cwm Haffes cutting back to the path before it drops down to the valley.

 

 

Comment: Warning: Very slippery! Lots of shake holes. Watch where you put your feet.

 

Lots of other interesting places to see if you want to extend your walk.

 

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Storey Arms - Waterfalls / Unmarked.

 

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List Number - 26

Name on maps:

Waterfalls / Unmarked.

English Name:

 

Place:

Storey Arms

River:

Blan Taf Fawr.

OS Outdoor Leisure Map: 12

        OS Landranger Map: 160

                   Map Reference: SN992202

Rating (1 is low,5 is high): Not visited.

Not visited.