Waterfall Country Woodlands - Dinas Rock, near Neath

Waterfall walks suitable for all

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Coronavirus update


Our sites and most visitor facilities are open but, under the current coronavirus restrictions in Wales, this is intended only for the use of people who live locally.


You are strongly advised – in line with current Welsh Government regulations – not to drive to any of our sites to exercise unless you have specific health or mobility issues.


We have changed the normal route for some of our trails to help you maintain social distancing – please follow signs on site.



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.

Waterfall Country

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

Waterfall Country has more spectacular waterfalls than any other similar area in Wales.

Waterfall Country lies within the triangle formed by the villages of Hirwaun, Ystradfellte, and Pontneddfechan.

Here, three rivers - the Afon Mellte, Afon Hepste and Afon Nedd Fechan - have carved their way through soft rocks to create steep wooded gorges full of caves and tumbling cascades.

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

Walking trails

Man and woman on Sgydau Sychryd Trail

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

Sgydau Sychryd Trail

½ mile/0.6 kilometres, (there and back), 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.

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

How to get here


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

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

Car parking is free of charge.


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.

Ordnance Survey map

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

The OS grid reference is SN 912 079.

Public transport

The nearest train station is in Aberdare.

For details of public transport visit Traveline Cymru's website.

Contact details

Tel: 0300 065 3000

Email: enquiries@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk


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