Brecon Beacons Waterfall Country and Wales’s highest waterfall
Published: Tuesday 8th Oct 2013
Written by: The Wales Cottage Holidays Team
Wales Holidays Brecon Beacons visitors will find Waterfall Country in the south-western reaches of the National Park, where stunning scenery combines with wonderful walking at all times of the year. Spectacular wooded gorges have been created by the River Mellte cutting down through layers of sandstone and shale. As it heads down towards Neath and Swansea, this is one of the most beautiful and popular parts of the Brecon Beacons.
The most well-known waterfall is Sgwd yr Eira (Fall of Snow), behind which you can follow the footpath to look out through the waterfall – though you might not be able to hear yourself think above its roar! The Brecon Beacons National Park extends from the Black Mountain around Llandeilo and Llandovery in the west to the Black Mountains near Abergavenny and Hay-on-Wye in the east. And Waterfall Country is one of the most important ecological sites in the National Park, boasting the reputation of a ‘Welsh Rainforest’ with some very rare species.
In Mid Wales, Pistyll Rhaeadr, reputedly Wales’s highest waterfall, is in the Berwyn Mountains near Bala and Llanfyllin, between Welshpool and the Banwy Valley and Llangollen to the north. If you call Pistyll Rhaeadr a single drop waterfall, it’s the tallest in the UK. This really is an enchanting location and a great area to explore the Berwyns and surrounding hills.