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.
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
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.
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,
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.
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 :)
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.
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.
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