There are four free Waterfall trails that start from the village, and via several link paths it is possible to complete a circuit taking them all in, although you'll need at least 8 hours and a reasonable level of fitness to do so. There are many free parking bays as you enter the village Pontneddfechan and three pubs. The Elidir Trail entrance is located behind the Angel Pub. The other three of the trail heads are located next to Dinas Rock at the northern end of the village less than 100m from Waterfall Lodge and Canyon cottage. A tearoom opens in the village hall on a friday & saturday. The area contains Sites of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation, Native celtic rainforest and over 200 species of mosses, liverworts, and ferns. It is also of historical significance, playing a big part in the industrial revolution, particularly in the production of gunpowder and mining of Silica Rock. Silica was a particularly valuable material which was used to make the fire bricks that lined many furnaces around the world. Dinas is still today the Russian word for firebrick. The last mine closed in 1964 after it suddenly flooded. Today with its crystal clear waters and mining relicies in situ, it is a popular location for underground divers from across the globe. Adjacent to the the Mellte was the site of the Gunpowder works. Today the site is a tranquil wooded valley, rich in lush ferns and mosses and home to an amazing variety of bat species. A pleasant stroll along the former tramroad reveals the curious ruins of buildings, tunnels, leats, weirs and waterwheels. These are all that remain after the purposeful destruction of the site when the works closed in 1931. As many of these structures were in a perilous state of decay, but recently the national park has undertaken consolidation and conservation works as part of the ‘Explosive Times Project’ funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. This area is one of the UK's premier destinations for adventure activities and you'll often find rock climbers, gorge walkers, canoeists and cave divers along the trails. Due to the sensitivities you must use a qualified and authorised adventure company to participate in adventure activities. All the guides are qualified have undergone specific training and operate within a set of rules to ensure environmental protection.
From Village Centre The Elidir Trail The entrance to a fairy kingdom is reputed to be somewhere along the Elidir Trail, which takes you upstream along the easy path on the right hand side of the River Pyrddin to Sgwd Gwladus, the Lady Falls. The path becomes much more difficult after 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. This is a very popular and sometimes busy Trail. The second tallest (70ft) fall in South Wales, Sgwd Einion Gam ('the fall of the Crooked Anvil') is located upstream beyond Lady Falls, however it is very difficult to reach because there is no defined path to the waterfall, and the route requires several river crossings which may not be possible when the river is high.
From Dinas Rock (10 mins walk from centre via riverside link path) Four waterfall Trail(via the Sgwd-y-Eira link trail) One of the Wales most spectacular trails taking in the four famous falls, Sgwd-y-Eira - Waterfall of snow (The trail goes behind the waterfall!!), Sgwd y Pannwr, Sgwd Isaf Clun-gwyn and Sgwd Clun-Gwyn. Suitable for all, with great care and a reasonable amount of mobility, there are uneven paths and many, many steps. Gunpowder Trail Starting at the village hall, a fairly easy walk alongside the River Mellte to the site of the former gunpowder works. There is numerous buildings, bridges, and dams to view. A popular jumping spot for gorge walkers called loonies leap can be viewed from the wooden bridge. Sgydau Sychryd Trail Often missed by visitors. The lower trail is an all accessibility trail (suitable for wheelchairs and buggies) follows a wooded gorge contains some spectacular geology such as the spectacular limestone rock formation known as Bwa Maen. Its a 15 min walk to the end where the cascades provide a dramatic back drop. To access the top part of the gorge (not all accessibility) you'll need to double back and head up the side of Dinas rock following the Sgwd-y-Eira trail. It's a steep 15 min walk before you take a link path that drops steeply into a deep ravine containing a picturesque waterfall that has a wooden bridge across it.