Sychryd Waterfall (Phone pics)

by Brian Scott August. 20, 2020 460 views

The sun was going to shine, the rain stopped so, off for an adventure into Waterfall Country, a 30 mile drive away but, so worth it.

Our walk to the falls started at Dinas Rock, a popular place with climbers and other adventurous types but, we really weren't prepared for the numbers that were there.

Dinas Rock

Dinas Rock

Both car parks were full, we had to drive back to the village hall and use their car park. Pretty surprised by the numbers there. There were groups of children being taken up the river, IN the river and fall jumping!

There's a fairly hard climb up the side of the rock, to get to the falls

View down the steep climb from halfway up

View down the steep climb from halfway up

Once we'd negotiated the rocky clamber, made more dodgy by wet, suited kids scrambling down after being in the river, the walk to the falls got easier.

Hmmmmm another waterfall or Sychryd only?

Hmmmmm another waterfall or Sychryd only?

The Sychryd fall is just down the slope, on the Penderyn path. I say just down the slope, another very steep descent but, pretty well maintained.

It's worth noting, for those who may head this way. You'll need stout boots or shoes and be reasonably fit for these climbs.

Once down the steps / slope, there's a level space, where there have been works, linked to the mines,

Mine entrance, concealed by shrubberies ;)

Mine entrance, concealed by shrubberies ;)

The main entrance to a mine

The main entrance to a mine

No Entry!

No Entry!

Don't worry, we're no cavers, a few steps inside is enough for us but, apparently, there's quite some depth which can be explored, with machinery etc. abandoned there.

Passage through to another smaller area

Passage through to another smaller area

Long view into the main mine, more tunnels ahead .....

Long view into the main mine, more tunnels ahead .....

Abandoned winch?

Abandoned winch?

Rusted cable guide?

Rusted cable guide?

That was enough dodgy mine exploring for this particular one, I wish I had the gear and the spheroids to go further in ;)

There's another entrance to, the same mine? Another mine? But, it has been blocked up, probably for safety, dammit :)

Second mine entrance

Second mine entrance

Bottom of the stairs / slope, where more signs of workings are still around

Bottom of the stairs / slope, where more signs of workings are still around

There is a hand rail and a dodgy drop to rocks right next to the river, worth the climb down for good photos of the falls themselves.

Down at the river side

Down at the river side

Sychryd waterfall - good heavy flow

Sychryd waterfall - good heavy flow

Waterfall showing the footbridge above

Waterfall showing the footbridge above

I climbed down to the river to set up my camera and get some decent shots but, had to wait for the children to finish. They climbed up and crawled behind the upper water drop, to the right side, then leapt back into the pool! No photos of children.

I climbed back up to cross the bridge.

Across the bridge, there's another mine entrance. At least, I assume it was a mine, again, not for me, to explore further, especially without a good lamp.

Second mine or tunnel

Second mine or tunnel

Second mine or tunnel

Second mine or tunnel

There are signs of workings all over the area.

A wonderful couple of hours was had, despite so many people being around. We still abide by the Cover 19 guidelines and carry / wear masks, when near others. Why? Because nobody else seems to care.

it's not a long hike to this fall, there's another lower falls, on the other side of Dinas Rock which is much easier to get to but, that's where all the kids were starting their adventures and most random visitors went so, we didn't;t bother. Not this time.

I'm hoping to go back, soon and complete a much longer, loop walk, taking in a few more falls. TBC

Sychryd Gorge UK Southwest

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Adrian Morris 11 months ago

Nice pictures. You live in a great part of the world.

11 months ago Edited
Brian Scott Replied to Adrian Morris 11 months ago

Thank you Adrian, I certainly do. I love exploring Wales, so much to see, explore and photograp

11 months ago Edited
Bob Chappell 11 months ago

Lovely walk Brian, haven't quite been to the that bit of the Beacons, but stayed with friends near Ammanford. I don't do much landscape photography nowadays (hip problems make it difficult to walk that sort of country).
Enjoyed reading this, regards, Bob

11 months ago Edited
Brian Scott Replied to Bob Chappell 11 months ago

Cheers Bob. I had hoped it might be quieter but ... I'm aiming for a good walk to the next falls and the gunpowder trail soon, weather permitting.

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