Brecon Beacons Waterfall Country Walk – Melincourt Falls Walk
Short walk to the third tallest waterfall in South Wales
|0.46 km||56 m||no more than an hour|
Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.
Start and Finish: Pontnedd fechan to Pont Felin Faen
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.
X55 from Neath or Swansea.Traveline for UK Public Transport
Parking and Post Code for Sat Nav (where applicable): SA11 4AP
Large car park at the start of the walk.
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Brecon Beacons Waterfall Country Walk – Melincourt Falls Walk Details
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.