There is a high demand for this area at the moment. We strongly advise you to delay your trip to this area until 2021 - giving you plenty of time to plan and book your trip in advance!
Please be aware the roads around many waterfalls can be very narrow, and are often single track with little visibility and few passing places. Be prepared to give way and reverse on narrow lanes. Before making your trip, please check the Brecon Beacons website for up-to-date information.
- Please note that none of the waterfalls are close to the car parks.
- All car parks are cash only so please ensure you have change with you to pay for your parking.
- Make sure to follow one-way advisory signage where requested.
- Car parks are small and get very busy, and are often full by midday.
- Keep an eye on Brecon Beacons social media for any important announcements on the day you are visiting.
Looking after yourself and the countryside
Waterfall Country is a fragile landscape that can be easily damaged. Follow these guidelines and help preserve its beauty.
- Keep on the waymarked paths – they will offer you the safest route.
- If you bring it here, take it home – litter can spoil everyone’s visit.
- Watch where you step! – plants, especially mosses, are fragile and slow growing and easily trampled.
- Fires are devastating, leave standing and fallen trees for the wildlife.
- Peace and quiet are appreciated by the local residents, both people and animals.
Exploring the outdoors is fantastic fun, but please read up on the risks and make sure you are prepared.
- Find safety advice for exploring Wales' National Parks.
- Visit AdventureSmart.uk for information on how to stay safe whilst exploring Wales.
You might say we’re biased, but Wales is home to the most majestic and stunningly beautiful waterfalls on the planet. Trust us. Rivers trickle from mountain peaks and through Welsh woodlands, cascading over clifftops as they make their way to the sea. For hikers, explorers, and nature lovers, visiting a Welsh waterfall (or four) can make for the perfect day trip or weekend away.
At the heart of the Denbighshire village of Dyserth lies Rhaeadr Dyserth, an Instagrammable waterfall steeped in history. Legend has it that medieval walls housed a giant water wheel, powered by Rhaeadr Dyserth, and several mills popped up along the river in years to follow.
You can park nearby and stop for lunch in The Red Lion, a local pub, and a short climb will take you to the top (be warned: the steps can be steep and slippery).
The Fairy Falls
The Fairy Falls, hidden away in the village of Trefriw, near Llanrwst, takes its name from rumoured sightings of fairies at this enchanting location. A riverside footpath takes you directly from the village to the falls, where you can relax on a weathered bench and keep your eyes peeled for magical creatures.
The heights of Conwy Falls are perfect for bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts, with the River Conwy being home to polecats, more than 32 species of bird, and other wild animals.
You can park at the Conwy Falls Café – an architectural treasure, originally designed by Welsh architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis – and follow stunning walking routes through a wooded gorge near Betws-y-Coed.
Pistyll Rhaeadr is located amidst the Berwyn Mountains, west of Oswestry, and is a beautiful place to explore. At the end of your walk enjoy a welcome drink and snack at Tan-y-Pistyll – the ‘little house under the waterfall’.
You can park at the falls for £5 a day in the summer or £4 a day in the winter (all funds raised are used for conservation projects around the falls), or there is roadside parking a little further out.
The woodlands surrounding the River Nantcol offer peace and tranquillity. You can stay in the nearby dog-friendly Cwm Nantcol Barn and make the most of living in the beautiful Nantcol Valley for a while.
The nearby campsite’s parking is open to all visitors, and costs £3 for the day.
Hidden away in a steep ravine near Abergynolwyn in Mid Wales, three waterfalls tumble and swirl down the mountainside through a canopy of native woodland. Largely untouched, the ravine is home to rare ferns, orchids, and a brilliant bluebell display in spring. The circular route takes around 45 minutes to complete but you may wish to take a picnic and chill out in a shady spot by the stream. Up the top, there's a small meadow which catches the sun and a lovely place for families to spend some time. The silence is only occasionally disturbed by echoing distant whistles from the nearby narrow gauge railway. The falls are particularly worth a trip after heavy rain!
There's a pay-and-display car park just off the main road, or you can take a trip to Dolgoch Station on the Talyllyn Railway and start from there. The lower falls are accessible using wheelchairs and pushchairs from the car park and the railway station. To get to the middle and upper falls it's a steep walk with lots of steps - take care in wet weather and wear appropriate shoes.
Devil’s Bridge Falls
Welsh folklore will tell you that the devil built a stunning bridge over this waterfall and was later outwitted by a local woman and banished from the country forever. Two separate walks wind their way up beside the waterfall, where hundreds of slate steps lead to a variety of viewing platforms. And for any Hinterland fans out there, you might recognise a few of the locations; Devil’s Bridge was the setting for and name of the first ever episode. The waterfall is around 12 miles from the historical harbour town Aberystwyth.
There's a free car park near the entrance, or travel up by steam power. The Vale of Rheidol Railway station at Devil's Bridge is a 4 minute walk from the falls - check their timetable to make sure you have enough time to do the walk though!
Four Waterfalls Walk
The car park for the Four Falls Trail sits opposite the biggest cave mouth in Wales. This Brecon Beacons route then follows two rivers as they vanish underground and burst back through the woodland. The thunderous sound of Sgwd Clun-Gwyn – the ‘fall of the white meadow’ and first waterfall on the route – can be heard long before its emergence. On this winding route, you’ll also feel the spray of Sgwd Isaf Clun-Gwyn, Sgwd y Pannwr and Sgwd-yr-Eira as they hit rocks along the River Mellte.
Before you head out to the waterfalls, please check the latest information on access and parking from the Brecon Beacons National Park.
If you’re one of the hundreds of millions who’ve seen the movie The Dark Knight Rises, you’d be forgiven for double taking at these Powys falls. Henrhyd plays the part of the Bat Cave in the blockbuster Batman finale. While you’re not required to wear a latex bat suit when visiting this big screen hideout, we would recommend taking a trip to the highest waterfall in South Wales after a heavy downpour, where water cascades over the rocks in thunderous fashion. Woodland footpaths wind their way around Henrhyd and into the Brecon Beacons, where nature lovers can hike through the Nant Llech valley, past a disused watermill and up to the River Tawe.
There’s a National Trust car park at Coelbren, a short walk from the falls.
Aberdulais Tin Works and Falls
More than 20,000 years old, the Aberdulais waterfall is at its most impressive in the winter months, where the River Dulais is in full flow. Situated just outside Neath, Port Talbot, the falls is a National Trust favourite. There are events across the year at the site’s historical tin works - Aberdulais Tin Works, where you can spend an evening listening to stories under candlelight of Welsh workers and the industrial revolution.
The car park at Aberdulais is just across the road from the main entrance.
The old mill on Cenarth Falls has been around since the 13th Century. It stands above the River Teifi, where hundreds of salmon can be seen leaping the falls in autumn. There are rock pools to explore, an iconic bridge to cross (and hide in), and Welsh cakes to eat in Cenarth village.
You can park at the falls for £2.50, or take the short trip to the Nag’s Head Inn in Abercych for a hearty Welsh lunch.