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The myth, romance and legend of Wales

The myth, romance and legend of Wales' waterfalls

What is a waterfall except for a course of water taking the path of least resistance? It is a thing of beauty that draws admirers in from near and far. Due to the hills, mountains and valleys, Wales has waterfalls in abundance. You are bound to come away with a personal favourite on your waterfall spotting trip to the Welsh countryside.

Wales is blessed with spectacular waterfalls that trickle great beauty and power. Swathed in romance, myth and legend this magnificent fall of water is simply the greatest illustration of gravity we have on the planet.

Most Welsh cascades are easily accessible on foot meaning a meander through enchanting woodlands and passing breath-taking landscapes. You may even recognise some from notable films. 

Pistyll Rhaeadr, Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant

Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfall, Wales

Pistyll Rhaeadr is the tallest waterfall in Wales and is listed as such under the canopy of one of the ‘Seven Wonders of Wales’. This mesmerising, single-drop waterfall reaches a whopping 80m in height and is in the majestic Berwyn Mountains in Powys.

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There are a wealth of picturesque walks to suit a variety of walkers and a delightful tearoom to enjoy a warminhg cup of tea whilst admiring the beautiful views at the base of the falls. From the car park it is just a short, scenic stroll to the bottom, or a 20-minute clamber to the top. On rare occasions, the waterfall has been known to freeze into a sparkling ice sculpture that is truly magical!

Swallow Falls, Betws-y-Coed

Spectacular and dramatic, Swallow Falls cascades over dark rocks in an exhilarating rush of unrestrained energy. It is one of the most photographed and romantic natural attractions, located just west of Betws-y-Coed in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park.

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This impressive waterfall system can be reached by foot through the forest and is most awe-inspiring during the winter months after wet weather.

Sgwd Henrhyd, Coelbren

On the southern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park in the Nant Llech valley is the jaw-dropping, 27-metre cascade of Henrhyd Falls following a steep walk from the National Trust-run car park. This extraordinary spectacle of a swirling pool fed by a ribbons of water is worth the hike.

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You may recognise as the famous waterfall as it protected the Batcave in ‘Batman – The Dark Knight Rises’.

Sgwd yr Eira, Ystradfellte

Sgwd yr Eira

One of the most atmospheric falls in Wales is Sgwd Gwladus. This lovely ten-metre-high cascade is set in a shady amphitheatre within the ancient woodland of the Vale of Neath in the Brecon Beacons National Park. This lovely beauty spot can be reached by a well-made path, gently following the riverbank.

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The name means 'the Lady Falls'.

Devil's Bridge Falls, Ceredigion

Devil's Bridge Falls

Hidden in the heart of Devil’s Bridge are the dazzling Mynach Falls, an impressive series of pretty waterfalls tumbling over a cumulative drop of 90m. There is a challenging circular nature trail through the ancient sessile oak woods that goes deep down into the atmospheric gorge where you can admire the spectacular waterfalls from the peaceful viewing gazebo.

This nature trail falls within a Site of Special Scientific Interest and it is possible to pause at several viewpoints along the way for a closer glimpse of the falls.

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There are three bridges that span the river near the top of the waterfalls, and according to an old Welsh legend, the first bridge was built by the devil.

Dolgoch Falls, Meirionnydd

This relaxing woodland walk goes past several intriguing hidden caves and tunnels along the way to the marvellous Dolgoch Falls. Situated about four kilometres from the village of Bryncrug in Snowdonia, the series of lively waterfalls cascade down a rocky, wooded ravine, carpeted with rare mosses and ferns into a mysterious deep pool below.

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That on warm days it is possible to cool your feet in one of the delightful pools at the top of the falls.

 

Melincourt Waterfalls, Resolven

 

This is a pleasant walk to the wonderful Melincourt Waterfalls from Resolven, a little village in the heart of the Vale of Neath. The 24m single-drop tranquil waterfall is perfect to while away some well-deserved peaceful time in the Welsh countryside.

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The stroll takes you through attractive oak woodland, which is particularly beautiful in spring when it is carpeted with bluebells.

Aberdulais Falls, Neath Valley

Make time for a fun, family day out here at the National Trust site of Aberdulais in the Neath Valley. As well as the fascinating industrial heritage of this site, it boasts stunning, picture-perfect waterfalls.

In wet weather and during the winter, when the Dulais river is in full spate, the torrent of water running through the valley is an awesome and magnificently noisy spectacle.

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Its sheer power has been the driving force for over 400 years of industrial innovation, and you can find out more in the fascinating visitor centre.

Discover these photogenic waterfalls during a stay in one of our luxury cottages in Wales and bring home some treasured memories that will cascade a lifetime. From romantic boltholes to rustic dog-friendly getaways and fun family escapes, our collection of unique holiday cottages and glamping retreats are packed with choice for your next holiday in Wales.

The Laundry in the Brecon Beacons has an archway that dates back to the 14th Century
The Laundry in the Brecon Beacons has an archway that dates back to the 14th Century

 

 

 

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