Henrhyd Falls - Dan yr Ogof Caves - Henrhyd Falls

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Henrhyd Falls is a spectacular waterfall and the highest waterfall in South Wales, plunging ninety feet into a wooded gorge in an unbroken drop. It is possible to walk behind the waterfall, although the path is uneven and wet and slippery from the spray. After visiting the falls, the walk follows the gorge, which is a haven for wildlife, including woodland birds such as woodpeckers and warblers. Trout have also been trying to jump a smaller waterfall further down the gorge.

The rest of the walk heads up the Swansea Valley and back again, as far as Dan yr Ogof Caves, climbing part way up the side of the mountains on both sides, giving fantastic views along the length of the valley. At eleven miles long, the caves are claimed to be the largest cave system in Europe. There is a charge to enter the caves, but some of the other attractions can be seen as you walk through here, including the llamas and alpacas.

There are two short sections of the walk along the A4067 that cannot be avoided. It is quite common to see other walkers on this road, as the paths on either side of the road do not meet directly. In fact there are signs warning the traffic of pedestrians on the road. The first section has a wide grass verge that can be walked on next to the road. The second part is very short, but has no verge, so care must be taken.

Wales - South Wales - Brecon - Brecon Beacons

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Birds, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Moor, Mountains, River, Waterfall, Wildlife, Woodland
25/07/2017 - Alan Thompson

A lovely walk with very varied scenery. It took us 7 hours in total with one minor deviation when we kept too high on the hillside somewhere between points 15 and 16 and ended up having to traverse down to point 17. Probably 6 hours of actual walking so 12 miles seems correct. The author must have sprinted to complete it in 4 hours 28 minutes!

01/12/2014 - Karen Hayes

A lovely walk with excellent directions. We are keen to try this walk again in the summer. One thing to note, the walk is 'advertised' as 9.8 miles but despite not getting lost we measured just over 12 miles but the walk was definitely worth it

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