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Brecon Beacons Waterfall Country Walk – Melincourt Falls Walk

By Dave Roberts   

on September 23, 2018    No ratings yet.

Brecon Beacons Waterfall Country Walk – Melincourt Falls Walk

Further Details

Route Summary:

Short walk to the third tallest waterfall in South Wales

Route Start Location: Pontnedd fechan to Pont Felin Faen

0.46 km 56 m no more than an hour

Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.

Activivity Type: Easy Walk, Trail or Fell Runs

Summits and Places on this Route


Most facilities can be found in Resolven. The nearest pub is the Farmer’s Arms on the B4242 on the opposite side of the valley.


Waterfalls can be dangerous – so take care if you go off path. When in spate, you should take extra care and avoid venturing off officially marked tracks. It is possible to walk behind these falls, but the going is difficult and not recommended.

Remember that we cannot outline every single hazard on a walk – it’s up to you to be safe and competent. Read up on Mountain Safety , Navigation and what equipment you’ll need.

Parking : SA11 4AP

Large car park at the start of the walk.

Public Transport:

X55 from Neath or Swansea.

Traveline for UK Public Transport

Recommended Maps


Brecon Beacons Waterfall Country Walk – Melincourt Falls Walk Ordnance Survey Map and GPX File Download

Download file for GPS

Brecon Beacons Waterfall Country Walk – Melincourt Falls Walk

Rhaeadrau Melin-cwrt or the Melincourt Falls are the 3rd highest waterfalls in South Wales at 25 metres in height and worth including on your Brecon Beacons Waterfall Country itinerary even if they may be a bit further south. Melincourt Falls are found on the Melin Court Brook, a tributary of the main Afon Nedd (Neath River) which falls over a resistant band of sandstone. They were sketched by Turner in the 18th Century as these waterfalls were drawing tourists to view them even back then.

The walk is easy, and the footpath is way-marked all the way from the car park. Following a scenic route through the woodland, the riverside walk is only around 1km there and back and shouldn’t take an hour for most walkers. There’s a Google Street View version of the walk, so you can even visit this walk from your armchair. It’s a pleasant snowy walk, with the Melincourt Falls being clearly visible as you can see below.

Melincourt Falls Walk Route Description

For a downloadable route map click here, with more information on the wildlife and so on that you might see on the Welsh Wildlife Trust website.

Dave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader. Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.

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