Henrhyd Waterfall – The Tallest In South Wales

Henrhyd Waterfall

At 27 metres (or 90 feet), Henrhyd Waterfall is the tallest in South Wales. Cradled in the valley of Nant Llech to the west of Brecon Beacons National Park, its mystical quality has even caught the attention of Hollywood!

Nant Llech Walking route to Henrhyd Waterfall

If you’re not a regular rambler, you’ll be pleased to know Henrhyd Waterfall is close to a car park around ten minutes away on foot. The only challenging element is a steep hill to venture down (and up), a small price to pay to see up this spectacular work of nature up close.

Waterfall Country walking route

The trail from Car park to Henrhyd Waterfall

For those keen to dust off their hiking boots, the National Trust walking route from the car park takes around two and a half hours, visiting the waterfall first and then downstream past the remains of a landslide and disused watermill. Angharad from Welsh and Wonderful also recommends the nearby pub Pen-y-Cae Inn to stop and refuel.  

Brecon Water bottle in the Beacons

Henrhyd Waterfall is famous for being used as the bat cave entrance in Dark Night Rises, and when you get there you can appreciate why. Concealed by steep jagged rocks and the dense woodland above, the falls location is a like a top secret hideaway. Only moments after parking my car the distant roar of the gushing water was magnetising.

Footbridge towards Henrhyd Waterfall

What I didn’t realise until I arrived there was that you can actually walk behind this waterfall too, just like Sgwd yr Eira (waterfall of the snow). It’s an amazing experience, but tread carefully if you do as the rocks are quite slippery! 

Walking behind Henrhyd Waterfall in Waterfall Country

The view from behind Henrhyd Waterfall

This area of Wales is laced with waterfalls, hence the name Waterfall Country. You can explore more of Waterfall Country in my other blog by clicking here, which also features a cosy pub in Ystradfellte.   

Hot chocolate and log fire at Waterfall's pub in Ystradfellte

Sgwd yr eira waterfall, The waterfall of the snow, Waterfall you can walk behind in Brecon Beacons

Sgwd yr Eira (Waterfall of the Snow)

The driving time to Waterfall Country is around 1 hour from Cardiff, 45 minutes from Swansea and 1 hour and 20 minutes from the Severn Bridge if you’re coming from further afield. 

Henrhyd Waterfall - The entrance to The Bat Cave in Dark Night Rises

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You can also find one of the tallest waterfalls in the UK near the town of Bala in North Wales. Pistyll Rhaeadr plunges 80m (240 feet) which is around 30 metres taller than Niagra Falls! 

For more walks and places of interest in Wales, check out my interactive map by clicking here.

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