29 September 2017

Places To Visit: Sgwd Henrhyd, Wales

Sgwd Henrhyd Wales, travel blog, lifestyle blog, waterfalls in Wales

For a few months now I've been obsessed about going to see a waterfall - it's something I don't remember ever doing, but one thing I had on my UK travel list. Did you know that Wales is the home of some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world? One is even taller than the Niagara Falls! I'll save that one for the next trip though, as this time we visited Sgwd Henrhyd in Brecon Beacons - the tallest waterfall in South Wales.
Sgwd Henrhyd or Henrhyd Waterfall is located in Powys, Wales and has a drop of 27 m (90 feet!) - that's a pretty impressive waterfall. Fun fact: the final scene of The Dark Knight Rises (Batman) was filmed at this exact waterfall - it doubled as an entrance for the Batcave! How awesome is that?!

Sgwd Henrhyd Wales, travel blog, lifestyle blog, waterfalls in Wales
Sgwd Henrhyd Wales, travel blog, lifestyle blog, waterfalls in Wales
Sgwd Henrhyd Wales, travel blog, lifestyle blog, waterfalls in Wales
Sgwd Henrhyd Wales, travel blog, lifestyle blog, waterfalls in Wales
Sgwd Henrhyd Wales, travel blog, lifestyle blog, waterfalls in Wales

To get to the waterfalls, you need park your car at the car park with the postcode SA10 9PG and then hike down the hill of the valley when you reach an old wooden bridge. From the bridge, you take steps up the hill and then it's a picturesque walk through the woods to get to Swgd Henrhyd. Whilst you're walking, you can hear and see glimpses of the waterfall which makes it even more exciting - as no one can prepare you for how beautiful the waterfall actually is when it stands in front of you.

Sgwd Henrhyd Wales, travel blog, lifestyle blog, waterfalls in Wales
Sgwd Henrhyd Wales, travel blog, lifestyle blog, waterfalls in Wales
Sgwd Henrhyd Wales, travel blog, lifestyle blog, waterfalls in Wales

What makes this waterfall even more amazing is that you can walk underneath it and behind the veil of water - making this a truly unique experience. Prepare to get soaked though! I packed my backpack to be prepared for everything:

- Spare thick socks
- Waterproof jacket
- Water bottle
- Snacks (banana, apples, packet of Walkers crisps, and a nut bar)
- Sweater
- Hat

And I had spare shoes in my car. One thing I forgot, but actually wasn't too much of a problem, were spare trousers - honestly under the waterfall you get drenched!

In the summer (or if you're a tough nut!) you can also swim under the waterfall for the most magical experience - but I wouldn't recommend it in Autumn as the water was pretty cold! And I only dipped my hand in there... But some people who were there did brave the water!

Sgwd Henrhyd Wales, travel blog, lifestyle blog, waterfalls in Wales
Sgwd Henrhyd Wales, travel blog, lifestyle blog, waterfalls in Wales
Sgwd Henrhyd Wales, travel blog, lifestyle blog, waterfalls in Wales
Sgwd Henrhyd Wales, travel blog, lifestyle blog, waterfalls in Wales

After our day out exploring, it was lovely to come back to a warm cottage with a roaring fire, a glass of red wine, and the sound or rain pounding on the roof... The cosiest atmosphere and by far my favourite. This is the dream - a cosy cottage in the middle of nowhere with a fire.

I really loved exploring South Wales - you can also read my post on Llyn y Fan Fach in Brecon Beacons, a truly breathtaking scenic walk.
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