Four Falls : The Gateway To The Cave

Trail Map

four-falls elevation chart
The cave's rib-like innards

Waterfalls are not all that Wales' Waterfall Country has to offer. We tiptoed into the darkness of Porth yr Ogof cave's snarling mouth. The black swallowed. In the blind, other senses heightened. The rushing cave water resonated around the echo chamber. Creeping into the abyss, the cacophony grew with each probing step. It necessitated care. The water beckoned like a siren's call, ushering us deeper into the mysterious unknown. It was only when we stood at the water's edge, eardrums bursting with the mad sound, that we paused, disorientated by the noise. It is everywhere. As if we stood on an isolated platform ringed on all sides by gigantic waterfalls of unfathomable depth. We made our retreat.

Rob and Hollie photograph the forests near the waterfalls on the Four Falls walk

The forest outside the cave is moss-adorned and cosy. Little birds with blue cowls and orange laces flit about merrily. The path follows the river Mellte as it falls. Each waterfall is unique and elegant in its own way. Long and arching or great and tumbling. One, you may explore behind and another aches under the weight of an entire tree trunk wrought across its side. Occasionally, we spied mountaintops through leaves.

Rob perches on a fallen tree before Henrhyd Falls

The final stretch of the Four Falls walk sees you rising above the treetops for a glimpse of the world outside the waterfalls. It's easy to forget that world exists at all as you sit, listening to the rushing water.

        Words & Photography: Scott Norris (@radventuresofficial) // summer 2017