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Waterfalls of Wales

Waterfalls of Wales

Nowhere else within Wales is there such a richness and diversity of waterfalls within such a small area as can be found in the Vale of Neath. The abundance of them has led to the region becoming known as the “Waterfall Country”.

Cool in summer, sculptural in winter, wreathed in myths and fringed with ferns, there’s something truly magical about Welsh waterfalls. Tumbling over cliffs and down steep-sided gorges, they add a delightful extra dimension to woodland walks.

The humidity created by the spray of the water along with the shade of the overhanging canopies of ancient Oak trees provides ideal conditions for many rare ferns and mosses.

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Luckily for us our holiday cottage was right in the heart of this lot…in fact we had our very own waterfall just outside our front door!

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The creation of these waterfalls is due to differential erosion of soft rock strata found together in the river bed. Where movement in the earth’s crust has caused faulting, or glacial erosion has exposed the softer underlying rock strata to the erosive forces of the river, it cuts deeper and quicker into the softer rock creating a drop in the water levelling and therefore boosting the erosive powers of the water even more.

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The Vale of Neath region consists of extremely hard, erosion resistant rocks like millstone grit and old red sandstone which overly bands of much softer fissured carboniferous rocks such as limestone, shale and mudstone. When the water finds its way into the joints of these rocks and what is known as the bedding planes of the harder rocks exposing the limestone, shale and mudstone, the water soon takes its toll on these softer rocks which then deprive the harder rocks of support coursing them to collapse.

Waterfalls of Wales Waterfalls of Wales

Waterfalls of Wales Waterfalls of Wales

Waterfalls of Wales Waterfalls of Wales

Waterfalls of Wales Waterfalls of Wales

Waterfalls of Wales Waterfalls of Wales

Waterfalls of Wales Waterfalls of Wales

Waterfalls of Wales Waterfalls of Wales

Waterfalls of Wales Waterfalls of Wales

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