The detour to Sgwd Gwladys can be rough in places but worth the effort to see the water thunder down into the pool below.
Keep your eyes peeled for the entrance to a fairy kingdom which is reputed to be somewhere along the Elidir Trail. This area is known as Waterfall Country as there are more spectacular waterfalls here than in any other part of Wales. You’ll go past four of them on this trail as it heads downstream to Pontneddfechan. Two of them - Sgwd Ddwli Isaf and Sgwd Ddwli Uchaf (the Lower and Upper Gushing Falls) - really live up to their name after heavy rain. In autumn, the burnished copper and gold colours of the woodland and the bright red berries of rowan trees frame the waterfalls and create enchanting vistas. Over 600 different plants have been found in Waterfall Country and so, even if you don’t spot a fairy, you will see plenty of mosses, ferns and lichens along the way.
Walk distance: 2.44 miles, 3.9 kilometres.
Terrain: The path from Pont Melin-Fach to Sgwd Gwladys is steep and uneven, with some steep climbs and descents. it can also be slippery after rainfall.
Start and finish: Pont Melin-Fach car park and picnic site.
Facilities: The small car park has parking for 8 to 10 cars and is free.
Dogs: Well behaved dogs are welcome in our woods.
Getting there: Pont Melin Fach is four miles north east of Glyn Neath off the B4242.
Safety: Please ensure you are prepared for all weather conditions and wear suitable clothing and stout footwear for your walk. This walk can be slippery when wet.
Sometimes we need to close or divert trails for your safety whilst we undertake maintenance work or forest operations.
Occasionally we may have to close a site in extreme weather, such as high winds or snow and ice due to the risk of injury to visitors or staff.
Please always follow any instructions on site and make sure you follow any temporary diversion signs in place.
This walk is supplied by Natural Resources Wales. It is subject to ViewRanger copyright terms and conditions.
It can be found on the Natural Resources Wales website along with other walks in their woods and national nature reserves.
Use the family of Countryside Codes to help you prepare and enjoy safe visits to the countryside.
Please check our webpage for any change or updates to these routes.
Basic Equipment for Hiking
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Kit para bolhas
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.