Just south of the Neath village of Resolven, off the A465, lies a breath-taking 80ft waterfall surrounded by beautiful Bluebell-covered woodlands. Welcome to Melincourt Waterfalls Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve, a hidden gem situated just outside the Brecon Beacons National Park. Often overshadowed by nearby attractions within the tourist hotspot of Bannau Brycheiniog National Park, Melincourt offers a serene escape with its own unique charm.
• Route Length: 1.1km
• Duration: 30 minutes to 1 hour
• Elevation Gain: 35m
• Route Difficulty: Easy
• Type: Linear
• Cost: Free
• Facilities: None, although facilities are available in the local town.
Parking & Start Point:
• Location postcode: SA11 4AP
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• Cost: Pay and display at the village; free parking available at the bottom of the village, adding 2.4 km to the walk.
MELINCOURT WATERFALL TRAIL GUIDE:
Start this trail at Melincourt Car Park and cross Lletty Dafydd Road to the trailhead that is across the street. This short but scenic trail takes you along the Clyne and Melincourt river, offering picturesque views throughout. Due to the proximity to water, the trail may be slippery, so it's advisable to wear proper shoes. The round trip should take between 5-15 minutes, depending on your fitness level. At the end of the trail, marvel at the 80ft Melincourt Waterfall. After heavy rain, a secondary fall to the right of the path may also grace your visit. Unfortunately, you can't walk behind the waterfall, but the seclusion and lack of crowds make this spot truly special. Although Melincourt shares a resemblance with Henrhyd Falls, large boulders at its base prevent close access.
For a more detailed trail guide, consider using Komoot. The app provides a comprehensive map and navigation assistance for a seamless hiking experience. Link to the trail can be found HERE.
Can you swim at Melincourt Waterfall? Swimming is not recommended; admire the falls from the designated viewing area.
Are dogs allowed at Melincourt? Yes, dogs are allowed, but keep them on a leash to preserve the natural environment.
Is the trail accessible? The trail is relatively easy, but be cautious of muddy conditions, especially after rain.
Other Things To Do In The Area: Explore nearby attractions like [insert attractions].
Places To Stay: Consider staying at [insert nearby accommodations] for a complete Brecon Beacons experience.
And there you have it, my comprehensive guide to exploring Melincourt Waterfall in the picturesque Bannay Breycheiniog National Park.
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