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Guest Blog - Visit to Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfall

Posted by admin on September 16, 2014

Just 20 miles away from Rivercatcher is Wales’ tallest waterfall – Pistyll Rhaeadr.

And it’s well worth a visit.

The drive there takes about 40 minutes - mainly due to the last 4 miles being down a single track road, which is a bit tight at times, but there are enough passing places.

Keep your eye out for the small car park on the left, 250 yards before the main one as this is free.  But the main one is bigger, and only costs £3 – which is very reasonable given it’s all you pay to spend as long as you like exploring the area and its many walking routes, as well as seeing the waterfall itself.

The car park is beside the river, and a walk of just a few minutes takes you directly to the bottom of the waterfall.


A bridge would take you across the river where you can follow a couple of trails for walks.  Or alternatively you can do as we did – and stay on the same side to follow the path up the hill to the very top of the waterfall.

This takes you through woodland first of all, then opens out as you start to ascend.  It’s pretty steep in places, but follows a clear path - natural stone steps punctuating the gravel path




Once you reach the top the views are beautiful, looking out over the Welsh countryside. 




You can also walk across the river at the top, over moss-covered rocks (beware – slippery when wet!), and for those brave enough, peer right down the vertical drop as the water gushes over the rocks


The lack of any barriers or fence at the top mean you are free to go wherever you like, which helps the place retain its natural charm – something lost by many other of this country’s natural tourist attractions.  Of course, be aware of this if you’re going with kids.  That being said, kids will enjoy exploring around the paths at the top of the falls, and you can easily spend an hour or longer up here.



You can choose to follow one of the other paths to investigate the surrounding area a bit further, or head back down the same path (much quicker than coming up!), to enjoy a thirst-quenching drink at the café as you listen to the relaxing sounds of Wales’ tallest waterfall.  

And all this just a short drive away from Rivercatcher.  

What are you waiting for.........