Waterfall Dream Comes True in the Brecon Beacons

Waterfall Dream Comes True in the Brecon Beacons

I have always half-dreamed of walking behind a waterfall, deafened by water thundering down as I hide behind the curtain of sound.  I think it dates from a Tarzan movie I saw as a child!

Henrhyd Waterfall in the Brecon Beacons
Henrhyd Waterfall in the Brecon Beacons

My dream came true in an unexpected place in the Brecon Beacons.  Intrigued by the name Henrhyd Falls near the extraordinary CRAIG Y NOS CASTLE, where we had stayed in a bunkhouse the previous night, a group of friends and I thought we should take a peak.

Behind Henrhyd Waterfall in the Brecon Beacons
Behind Henrhyd in the Brecon Beacons

A steep but easy path leads from a good car park near Coelbren to an amazing place.  A proper big noisy waterfall cascading into a perfect pool, set in a valley of trees…and with a path leading around the back of the waterfall to a cave where you can shelter as the water tumbles around you.  Wow!  Deafening, invigorating, refreshing!

Steep Path leading to behind Henrhyd Waterfall in the Brecon Beacons
Steep Path leading to behind Henrhyd Waterfall in the Brecon Beacons

The only thing missing was a twisted vine rope to swing on as I called to the animals…but maybe some parts of dreams are better not coming true?

You can do this walk to.  Here is a link to a few paths in the area, including this one, on the iFootpaths website.   There and back is only one mile and if you don’t fancy the wet rocks behind the waterfall there is a fabulous viewing platform at its base.

Lots of other walks are available on ifootpaths website and here are the locations of other Brecon Beacons bunkhouses to explore.

The extraordinary Criag Y Nos Castle in the Brecon Beacons
The extraordinary Criag Y Nos Castle in the Brecon Beacons