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Ystradfellte (trans: valley floor of the Mellte, the Mellte being a nearby river) is a small village in the Fforest Fawr area of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Because of the geography of the area, it is not visible from the nearest main road, viz the A4059 Hirwaun to A470 stretch.

It lies in Powys, Wales, on the Afon Mellte. 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 also home to a pub, The New Inn.

The area around Ystradfellte is renowned for its caves and karst scenery, making caving a popular activity. Some of the more famous caves near the village include:

  • Porth yr Ogof - the biggest cave entrance in Wales, through which the river Afon Mellte
  • Little Neath River Cave
  • Ogof Ffynnon Ddu - the third-longest cave in the United Kingdom
  • A popular attraction near the village is the Waterfalls Walk, a generally easy walk along the Afon Mellte. The route passes two main falls on the river, Sgŵd Clun-gwyn and Sgŵd Isaf Clun-gwyn. The climax of the walk is at Sgŵd yr Eira on the Afon Hepste where the footpath passes behind the waterfall.

Ystradfellte Waterfalls


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