Waterfalls in South Wales UK

There are many beautiful waterfalls in the world. Unfortunately, most people never get to experience them unless they travel somewhere and happen to find one. But what if you could figure out where all the best waterfalls are in a particular location? That way, you would know where to look for them when you get there.

Wales is a country of the United Kingdom which has plenty of magical waterfall hotspots. In fact, South Wales alone has some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world. These are waterfalls which pour water down steep gorges or from tall cliffs. The scenery around them is often quite exotic and exhilarating to witness in-person.

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People travel to South Wales every year just to visit these locations and take photographs of themselves being there. With so many waterfalls to choose from, you might need a little help figuring out which ones are the best. The neat thing is that there is one primary location in South Wales which consists of numerous waterfalls. This area is called Waterfall Country and it rests on the tip of the Vale of Neath, which is one of many valleys in South Wales. This particular valley contains so many gorgeous waterfalls that it has become a popular tourist attraction.

Below are the top 5 waterfalls in South Wales, United Kingdom.

Aberdulais Falls

Aberdulais Falls

The Welsh village of Aberdulais lies within the County of Neath Port Talbot. There are two rivers in this location called the River Dulais and the River Neath. Water from the River Dulais flows over hard beds of sandstone prior to joining up with water from the River Neath. After these two rivers merge together, the water ends up falling into the valley. This falling water is called the Aberdulais Falls. This is a very wide waterfall which gives you plenty of falling water to see. The power of these falls is used to simulate a water wheel which was built there. This is the biggest water wheel in Europe for generating electricity.

Sgwd Clun-Gwyn

Waterfalls in Brecon Beacons Wales

Sgwd Clun-Gwyn is one of the waterfalls of the Four Waterfalls Walk. The next three waterfalls on the list are also found along this walk. If you are a nature lover, then you will see beautiful waterfalls and gorgeous green wilderness. The first waterfall, Sgwd Club-Gwyn, consists of water that flows down onto the Mellte river. There is an 80-meter viewpoint path that runs along the top of the cliff where the waterfall is located. The name of the waterfall means “fall of the white meadow.”

Sgwd y Pannwr

Waterfalls in Brecon Beacons

Sgwd y Pannwr is the next waterfall along the main path. There are red signs that will help guide you on the path toward this location. The Sgwd y Pannwr can be translated as “fall of the fuller” and it is often considered to be a much smaller version of Niagara Falls. This is due to the long shelf along the river where the water falls from. It is nowhere near as big as Niagara Falls but it does look like a scale model of it.

Sgwd Isaf Clun-Gwyn

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Sgwd Isaf Clun-Gwyn is the third waterfall on the walk and the name is translated as “lower fall of the white meadow.” You simply keep walking along the bank of the river until you come to a point where the path disappears. There is nothing else you can do but walk over the rocks to continue on your journey. You will eventually come to three rapids that flow into a much wider waterfall. After you have enjoyed seeing this, you will need to head back in the opposite direction because there is a dead end if you continue. 

Sgwd yr Eira

Head back to the main walking trail of the Four Waterfalls walk. Sgwd yr Eira is the fourth and final waterfall to see. The name means “falls of snow” and the water flows from the River Hepste. To get the best view of this waterfall, you need to walk down more than 170 steps until you reach the river. You will then need to walk over very slippery rocks to see the waterfall. Keep going and you can actually walk behind the waterfall and see all the water falling down next to you. If you are a true adventurer, then you’ve got to see this waterfall.

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