Dinas Rock, near Neath

Accessible trail to spectacular cascades

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Welcome

Dinas Rock is an imposing limestone cliff in Waterfall Country on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

There is a short accessible trail from the car park to the cascades.

The other waymarked walking trail goes to Sgwd yr Eira waterfall.

You can also walk to the nearby former gunpowder works - see the information panel in the car park for the suggested route.

The car park here can get full as this area is popular with outdoor activity groups.

Walking trails

The walking trails are waymarked from start to finish.

Look out for the information panel at the start of the trails.

Find out about walking trail grades.

Sychryd Trail

  • Grade: Accessible
  • Distance: ½ mile/0.6 kilometres (there and back)
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Trail information: This trail is suitable for more robust wheelchairs and buggies.

The Sychryd 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 Sychryd cascades before returning along the same path.

Sgwd yr Eira Trail

  • Grade: Strenuous
  • Distance: 4 miles/6.3 kilometres (there and back)
  • Time: 2 hours

This trail’s destination is the famous Sgwd yr Eira waterfall (which means “fall of snow” in Welsh).

A natural path leads into an alcove behind its thundering curtain of water - there’s room to stand well back but the air is very moist and a waterproof is recommended!

The trail passes Dinas Rock hill fort and the old gunpowder works, and returns to the car park along the same route.

You can also walk to Sgwd yr Eira and three other waterfalls on the Four Falls Trail from the car park at Gwaun Hepste.

Waterfall Country

Dinas Rock is in a popular part of the Brecon Beacons National Park known as Waterfall Country.

Nowhere in Wales has such a richness and diversity of waterfalls within such a small area as Waterfall Country.

Here four rivers wind their way down deep, tree-lined gorges, over a series of waterfalls, before joining to form the River Neath.

Waterfall Country lies within the triangle formed by the villages of Hirwaun, Ystradfellte and Pontneddfechan, and is largely within woodland jointly managed by Natural Resources Wales and the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority.

Go to the Brecon Beacons National Park website for more places to visit in Waterfall Country.

Accessibility information

The Sychryd Trail is suitable for more robust wheelchairs.

Closures and diversions

  • Sometimes we need to close or divert trails for your safety whilst we undertake maintenance work or other operations.
  • 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 on site and any temporary diversion signs.

How to get here

Location

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

Waterfall Country woodlands straddle the county borders of Powys, Neath Port Talbot and Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Ordnance Survey map

Dinas Rock is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map OL 12.

The OS grid reference is SN 911 079.

Directions

Take the A465 from Neath towards Merthyr Tydfil.

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.

Public transport

The nearest mainline railway station is in Aberdare.

For details of public transport go to the Traveline Cymru's website.

Parking

Parking is free of charge.

The car park can get full as this area is a popular destination for groups from outdoor activity centres.

Contact details

0300 065 3000

enquiries@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk

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