Welcome to the crown jewel of Waterfall Country in Bannau Brycheiniog National Park – Henrhyd Falls. Standing at an impressive 27m, this spectacular natural wonder is not only the tallest waterfall in South Wales but also played a role in the cinematic finale of Batman: The Dark Knight Rises. Join me as I guide you through the enchanting journey to witness the breathtaking beauty of Henrhyd Falls.
Route Length: 1km
Hike Duration: 15 minutes
Elevation Gain: 7.6m
Route Difficulty: Easy
Parking & Start Point:
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Henrhyd Falls Trail Guide: From the car park, pass through two wooden swing gates and follow the gravel path as it descends into the woods. After crossing a small wooden footbridge and climbing a set of wooden steps, follow the path for approximately 300 meters until you reach the waterfall. Stand directly in front of the falls, around 10 meters above its base, and consider venturing behind the cascade for a truly immersive experience. While there might not be a hidden Batcave, the sheer power of the falls is awe-inspiring—just be sure to pack waterproofs if there's been heavy rain. For the adventurous, a dip in the plunge pool below is an option.
For a more detailed trail guide, consider using Komoot. The app provides a comprehensive map and navigation assistance for a seamless hiking experience.
Link for the full trail can be found HERE.
The Dark Knight Rises Connection: Film enthusiasts will be delighted to learn that Henrhyd Falls served as a filming location for The Dark Knight Rises, the epic conclusion to Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. The waterfall doubled as the exterior of the iconic 'Batcave,' and keen-eyed visitors can spot scenes featuring actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt gazing toward the majestic falls.
Optional Extension down Nant Lech Valley: If you have time you can make a walk of your visit to Henrhyd Falls. Cross back over the bridge and turn right to follow the path along the river down the valley. You'll reach some smaller falls you can enjoy before turning around and heading back the way you came to the car park.
Can you swim at Henrhyd Falls?
Yes you can swim at the base of the waterfall
Are dogs allowed at Henrhyd Falls?
Yes dogs are welcome and may be off lead in some areas.
Is the trail accessible?
This trail is not suitable for wheelchairs or prams. There are steps and a steep descent to get to the waterfall.
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And there you have it, my comprehensive guide to exploring Henrhyd Falls in the picturesque Bannau Brycheiniog National Park.
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