Location: Dol Henrhyd, Neath, SA10 9PG
After enjoying some more ruins and fortresses, we decided to travel into the Brecon Beacons to see the famous Batman Cave that is featured in the film The Dark Knight Rises and of course to experience a new adventure trekking through the stunning and scenic woodlands of Wales.
The journey to Henrhyd Falls is so beautiful and picturesque, the drive is calming and quiet full of life and nature. Once you reach Dol Henrhyd, there is room in a large car park to park up and equip yourself with the essentials of a trek. Water bottle, trekking pole and a camera was all that was needed for the journey. You are greeted by a wooden gate that you pass to enter the woodlands where you walk down towards the waterfall, the incline drops dramatically as you wander further down and it takes roughly around 5 minutes to reach the bottom to a sign post with trails and pointing you in the direction of the waterfall.
Once you get to the sign post, you turn towards the small wooden bridge that is over the Nant Llech River and follow across to the staircase and walk up this ( be aware of how slippy/muddy this gets and just take your time ) the wooden staircase is quite steep again but not unmanageable and once you reach the top you will see and hear the waterfall cascading.
You will have then reached the falls and hopefully be blown away by the majestic and stunning waterfall. Henrhyd is the highest waterfall in the south of wales and has a drop of 90ft. It is said that the best time to view the waterfall is after a prolonged period of rain, or in winter when it is frozen, apparently the views are next to none. But even in all the different seasons you can really appreciate the beauty of this natural waterfall how it cascades and how impressive it really is.
You also have the option to walk behind the falls, follow and read the sign and take extra care as rocks are prone to fall around this area, but the view from the falls is just breathtaking. An interesting point is that Henrhyd is one of first stops on a walking trail and you can follow the signs to the valley in a breathtaking 3.4 mile trip towards the River Tawe.
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