Ystradfelte Waterfalls: Tour and Tourist Information Guide
Ystradfellte is a small village on the Afon Mellte in the Fforest Fawr area of the Brecon Beacons National Park. It is quite close to Glynneath to you and I!
The village is a popular centre for tourists, many of whom walk in the hills or visit the waterfalls and caves of the river.
Ystradfellte is very much a dispersed agricultural community, with the focal point being the small village with church, pub and Post Office. Unfortunately the pub is only open at weekends; the Post Office is open from 10.00 - 12.00 on weekdays.
The village takes its name from the river Mellte which runs close by.
The church of St Mary's is from the Medieval period. However it was completely rebuilt in the 16th century. The church and churchyard contain some very curious and interesting grave memorials. It is pretty and delightfully remote; you are in 'time-warp country', which is what I like.
At the southern end of the western Beacons the Ystradfellte area with its lush wooded valleys in a classic limestone landscape is a total contrast to the barren mountains to the north. It is very popular with walkers as there are many walks that take in the picturesque waterfalls common in this area.
I have not been here very often but it is worth a visit if you are coming in to the area. If anything it is a more interesting walk than Henrhyd Waterfalls, and the waterfall itself is wider but not as steep, and certainly has more water gushing down it impressively.