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Waterfall Country Woodlands - Dinas Rock, near Neath

Waterfall walks suitable for all

What's here

Accessible facilities
Dogs welcome
Parking
Walking trail

Overview

Waterfall Country

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 Mellte, Hepste and Neddfechan - have carved their way through soft rocks to create steep wooded gorges full of caves and cascades.

Dinas Rock

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.

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

Walking trails

The walking trails are waymarked and start from the car park. 

Sgydau Sychryd Trail

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.

Sgŵd yr Eira Trail

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.

Other 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.

Accessibility information

The Sgydau Sychryd Trail is a short riverside route suitable for more robust wheelchairs.

How to get here

Dinas Rock car park is 13 miles north east of Neath off the A465.

The OS grid reference is SN 912 079.

Car parking is free of charge.

Directions

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.

Download a location map.

Public transport

The nearest train station is in Aberdare.

For details of public transport visit www.traveline.cymru

Find out more

Contact details

Tel: 0300 065 3000

Email: enquiries@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk

Related document downloads

Waterfall Country woodlands Location map PDF [925.2 KB]

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