Visiting Waterfall Country
Waterfall Country is currently experiencing high numbers of visitors and car parks are often full before midday. Check the car parking page before travelling https://carpark.beacons-npa.gov.uk/ and note that car parks can go from half-full to full in under an hour.
Located right on the south-westerly edge of the National Park this area is amongst the most beautiful and popular parts of the National Park. Here the rivers Mellte, Hepste, Pyrddin and Nedd-fechan wind their way down deep, tree-lined gorges, over a series of dramatic waterfalls, before joining to form the River Neath. This area is of international importance and it has been designated as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
High numbers of visitors in recent years have resulted in immense pressure on this fragile landscape and surrounding communities. You can help by following the advice below:
- Car parks often fill before midday so check https://carpark.beacons-npa.gov.uk/ before deciding to travel.
- Only park in designated car parks and not on verges or pavements. Illegal parking will result in a fine and obstruction may result in your vehicle being towed.
- Follow one-way advisory signage where requested.
- Ensure you have cash to pay for parking £5 per car or £7 per minibus.
- Keep an eye on our social media for updates especially on busy days.
- The roads in this area can be very narrow, becoming single track with little visibility and few passing places. Be prepared to give way and reverse on narrow lanes.
- Sat Navs are unreliable in this area. Please know your route before hand and follow road signs.
Look after yourself
- Plan your visit. Pay close attention to the length and difficulty grade of the trails. Check out our Walking Trails page for details
- Wear the right footwear. The trails can be steep, muddy and slippery. Sturdy boots are advised with a good grippy sole.
- Rivers are very cold all year round so don’t be tempted to swim as cold water shock can happen to the strongest of swimmers.
- Mobile phone coverage is unreliable so make sure you have planned your route, that its within your capability and be prepared to walk to find signal.
Care for the environment
- Take your litter home as there are no rubbish bins along the trails.
- Fires can be devastating to wildlife so don’t be tempted to light one.
- Keep to the waymarked paths as they offer the safest route.
- Follow the Countryside Code - Protect, Respect, Enjoy
- Follow the Dog Walking Code for safe and happy walks with your dog.
- Look after wildlife by picking up dog poo and disposing of in a bin or taking it home. Dicky bags are really good for this.
- Waterfall Country has many steep drops and deep, fast flowing water. Keeping your dog on a lead will help keep them safe.
- Keep dogs on leads if there is livestock about. Never let your dog worry or chase wildlife or livestock.
- Not everyone likes dogs so don’t let your dog approach other people or dogs uninvited.