Brecon
Henrhyd Waterfall
(Sgwd Henrhyd)
National Trust 
Coelbren SA10 9PH
South Wales
 
 
The Brecon Beacons National Park is full of waterfalls, deep wooded gorges and rushing streams. The largest and highest waterfall is Henrhyd where the River Nant Llech plunges over an 88.5 foot (27 metre) drop before continuing down the valley to Henrhyd Small Falls.
 
The National Trust has provided vehicle access to the falls with a small free car park near Coelbren with a walking path leading to the waterfall. Consequently, this beauty spot is extremely popular during the long summer school holidays. An added attraction for lovers of the ‘Batman’ movies is that the falls became the location of the Bat Cave in The Dark Knight Rises film.
 
The Path
The walk to the falls is along a steep narrow path with slippery rocks and takes approximately 20 minutes. The route can be quite muddy after heavy rainfall so wear suitable walking shoes.
 
The steep path leads down into a wooded valley, with occasional glimpses of the falls through the trees and the ever present roar of the tumbling water. A wooden bridge crosses the stream taking the path up to the pool at the base of Henrhyd Falls.
 
If the walker is prepared to get a bit wet they can walk behind the waterfall as well. Instead of retracing the path up to the car park, visitors can then walk down the Nant Llech valley, whose steep sides are lined with sessile oak, ash, small-leafed lime, alder and wych elm trees to the Henrhyd Small Falls. This circular route brings the walker back to the National Trust car park and is a much longer walk.
 
Disabled Access
The path is not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs but children and fit elderly persons can manage the path with care.
 
Facilities
None. The nearest toilets are at Coelbren.
 
Colbren Welfare Hall Tea Rooms
During the long summer school holidays a group of volunteers in the village open the doors of their village hall to provide snacks and drinks for visitors to the area. This is a delicious way for visitors to support this beautiful spot.
 
The tea rooms are open daily from 11:00 - 16:30 hours.
 
Getting There
- By Car
This waterfall on the River Nant Llech is north-west of Glyn-Neath. The National Trust car park (grid reference SN853121) is small and easily missed. It is near Coelbren, off the A4221, a mile (1.6 km) south-east of Abercrave.
 
 
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