Beacon View, near Monmouth
Walk through heathland and woodland
Accessible trail to spectacular cascades
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We have changed the normal route for some of our trails to help you maintain social distancing – please follow signs on site.
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.
The walking trails are waymarked from start to finish.
Look out for the information panel at the start of the trails.
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.
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.
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.
The Sychryd Trail is suitable for more robust wheelchairs.
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.
Dinas Rock is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map OL 12.
The OS grid reference is SN 911 079.
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.
The nearest mainline railway station is in Aberdare.
For details of public transport go to the Traveline Cymru's website.
Parking is free of charge.
The car park can get full as this area is a popular destination for groups from outdoor activity centres.