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Henrhyd Waterfall

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Henrhyd Waterfall
Author: independenthostels, Published: 17 Apr 2015 Walk rating : Rating:star0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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Walk Type: River or lakeside
Henrhyd Waterfall
Length: 1 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A very short easy walk (a total of less than one mile there and back) to view the beautiful Henrhyd Waterfall. There is also the opportunity to walk behind the falls if you don't mind a narrow path over wet rocks.

The path down to the waterfall is fairly steep. You will need to negotiate a couple of gates, a wooden footbridge and a flight of steps. The spray from the falls can make the ground slippery so take extra care.

The walk starts and finishes at the National Trust Henrhyd Falls car park which is located just outside Coelbren on the minor road to Pen y Cae. The car park is signposted from the A4067 and A4221 by brown tourist signs. The nearest post code of SA10 9PG will take you into the village of Coelbren.

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Start to Branch in Path
Start to Branch in Path

Start point: 51.7955 lat, -3.6645 long
End point: 51.7939 lat, -3.6665 long

Follow the well signed path out of the car park down into the gorge. As soon as you drop you will hear the rush of water and after a few minutes you look down on a view of the main waterfall. Continue just as far as the first junction in the path.

Branch in Path to Waterfall View Area
Branch in Path to Waterfall View Area

Start point: 51.7939 lat, -3.6665 long
End point: 51.794 lat, -3.6636 long

At this path junction, take the left turn and walk over the wooden bridge, walking up the staircase to the footpath at the top. This bridge and staircase was built in 2001 by National Trust staff and volunteers following a landslide.

Continue along the footpath to the waterfall. Henrhyd Falls are the highest in South Wales at 90 feet (27 metres). When the river is in spate, the spray from the fall travels over 300 feet (100m) down the valley. The falls occur where the small river, Nant Llech, drops over the edge of a section of sandstone called Farewell Rock. The final scene of the film The Dark Knight Rises was filmed at the waterfall where it doubled as the entrance to the Batcave.

Waterfall View Area to End
Waterfall View Area to End

Start point: 51.794 lat, -3.6636 long
End point: 51.7943 lat, -3.6634 long

If you don't mind walking on a narrow path over wet rocks, you can continue and walk right behind the waterfall itself (be prepared to get wet though).

Once you've taken time to enjoy the spectacular waterfall, retrace your steps back across the bridge to the track junction. Turn right and follow the path back to the car park where the walk began.

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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