Elidir trail: Fairy kingdom on the banks of the Nedd
One of the finest walks in wales, passing several spetaular waterfalls, abandon silica mines and acient woodland. The first part as far as Lady falls is suitable for all. Beyond that is more difficult but passible even with children with care. Gorges can be dangerous places and rocks may be slippery. You are responsible for your own safety.
1.3 miles to Sgwd Gwladus, 1.2 miles to Pont Melin-Fach
Very moderate, then moderate
Waterfalls Centre (or Pont Melin-Fach car park, to walk the trail in reverse)
OS grid reference
SN900075 or SN907104
The entrance to a fairy kingdom is reputed to be somewhere along the Elidir Trail, which takes you upstream along the path on the right hand side of the River Pyrddin to Sgwd Gwladus, the Lady Falls.
To continue, double back to the bridge and bear left along the banks of the Nedd Fechan to reach Sgwd-y-Bedol (the Horseshoe Falls), shaped in several levels of semi-circular ledges. A little further upstream the water cascades over Sgwd Ddwli Isaf and Sgwd Ddwli Uchaf (the Lower and Upper Gushing Falls) which after heavy rain, truly live up to their name. From here you can continue on to the picnic area at Pont Melin-Fach or retrace your steps back to Pontneddfechan.
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