Waterfall Walks in Wales
Posted on 18.02.2018
Glamping in Wales is about relaxation, beautiful scenery, tranquility and spending time with friends and loved ones away from routines, work and technology. Wales and Herefordshire is a playground for those who enjoy the outdoors and wildlife. Known as waterfalls country, Wales has a waterfall trail to suit all ages and abilities, with even, easy to navigate man made paths for families with young children and pushchairs to the more rugged and challenging routes for more experienced walkers. Close to Valley Yurts is Warren Wood which has a pretty walk to the unusually named waterfall - Dwr Torri Gwddf - “Water-break-it’s-neck”. A gentle path leads you through a mossy glade to the fall at the end where people leave messages scratched into pieces of slate, which get washed by the fall ready for the next visitor to scratch their message of love or location! We always take our friends to the fall when visiting us especially when they have young children and dogs. The fall is small and safe so you can get really close to it and paddle in the water below. Rocks are slippery but the stream is small enough for adults to kick off their shoes and have the perfect excuse to hold their son/daughters hand while they explore. There are several walking trails in the woods, again an easy route or a slightly longer route, perfect for dog walking. There are 3 main trails leading from the car park:
There is a sort direct walk from the car park to the waterfall, a few small steps but pretty much level. (One third of a mile, half a kilometre)
This is a circular woodland walk , slightly longer and more winding on different levels. Leading eventually to the top of the waterfall. (Three quarters of a mile, one kilometre)
Again a circular walk from the car park and it includes a climb of 560 feet (170 metres). A woodland walk allowing you to see some of the largest trees in Radnorshire. (1.5 miles, 2.3 kilometres)
But there are many waterfalls to choose from in the surrounding area of Wales and Hereford, including the four falls walk in the Brecons, with a packed lunch and a flask this is a perfect way to spend a day and if the weather is hot there is one fall you can walk behind and get a refreshing spray to cool you off.
The Brecon Beacons National Park suggest the top five things to do in waterfall country are:
There are no shortages of walks to choose from, including waterfall walks, wildlife and bird watching trips, old mines and historic ancient sites.
There are several organisations that can arrange gorge walking trips in the area. Having taken part in several over the years with my boys and hundreds of school children from the secondary school I used to work at, I can confidently say it’s one of the most exhilarating and challenging activities I have done. Almost without fail when asked, the school children would always say the gorge waling was their favourite. Gorge walking is definitely an activity to be done with professionals and companies like E3 adventures can arrange outings for groups of different numbers and ages.
Porth-yr-Ogof cave is a single cave with over 1.5 miles of passages under the valley floor of the River Mellte. Again local outdoor activity providers can book trips for different levels and abilities. I personally have never done caving as I’m not too keen on tiny spaces so cant speak from experience although family members have done so and loved it.
Canoeing and kayaking
This I can speak about from experience and both the River Wye and other rivers in the area can provide gentle paddles for fun or for those with much more experience the Mellte and Hepste are used by canoeists wanting to practise their skills on waterfalls with a drop of 3m or more. ‘Want to Canoe?’ is just one of the many companies offering guided trips on the Wye or boat rental if you prefer to meander by yourselves.
There are opportunities for rock climbing as well, the Dinas Rock area is one of only two areas within the Park where rock outcrops are suitable for sport climbing, top-roping and bouldering. The main face of Craig-y-Ddinas in the car park is suitable for learners, and there are several bolted sports routes for more experienced climbers to be found up the Sychryd.
Then, after all your activities you can go back to your yurt to enjoy some well-earned comfort in the countryside. Glamping in Wales can be as easy or as challenging as you choose, whether you prefer to relax and re-charge or enjoy challenging yourself more physically as a change from perhaps a more sedentary lifestyle or somewhere in between, Powys, Herefordshire and the Marches can accommodate you and of course so can Valley Yurts! We are happy to advise you on places to visit in the local area and will do our best to make sure you get the most from your break whilst at Valley Yurts.