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Small picnic site with a waterfall walk downstream
There is nowhere in Wales with as many spectacular waterfalls in such a small area as Waterfall Country in the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Waterfall Country lies within the triangle formed by the villages of Hirwaun, Ystradfellte, and Pontneddfechan.
Here, three rivers - the Mellte, Hepste and Neddfechan - have carved their way through soft rocks to create steep wooded gorges full of caves and cascades.
This car park and small picnic area is in a picturesque location next to a 19th century stone bridge. It is a bit off the beaten track, but makes a great starting point for exploring the woodlands and waterfalls of the Nedd Fechan valley.
The Elidir Trail heads downstream from here and goes past four waterfalls. After heavy rain, Sgŵd Ddwili (the Gushing Falls) really live up to their name.
The entrance to a fairy kingdom is reputed to be somewhere along the Elidir Trail but you are more likely to spot wildlife on your visit - keep a look out for the dipper bird (a small dark bird with a white breast that walks underwater).
The walking trail is waymarked and starts from the car park.
3 miles, 4.8 kilometres (one way), moderate
The Elidir Trail heads downstream from the car park following the Nedd Fechan river until it joins the Pyrddin river. There is an optional short detour to see the impressive Sgŵd Gwladus (Ladies Waterfall). The trail ends at the village of Pontneddfechan and the route back to the car park is along the same path. The ground is uneven in many places and wet, and there are some steep climbs and ascents.
You can also follow the Elidir Trail upstream from the village of Pontneddfechan
Pont Melin-fach is four miles north east of Glynneath off the B4242.
The OS grid reference is SN 908 105.
Car parking is free of charge.
Take the B4242 from Glynneath to Pontneddfechan. Turn left towards Ystradfellte and follow this road for two kilometres. Turn left onto a no through road (signed as unsuitable for coaches). Follow this narrow road for one kilometre and the Pont Melin-fach car park is on the left, immediately after crossing the stone bridge.
The nearest train station is in Neath.
For details of public transport visit www.traveline.cymru
Tel: 0300 065 3000
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