Waterfalls of the Vale of Neath - June 29th


I cannot call to mind a single valley that in the same extent of country comprises so much beautiful and picturesque scenery and so many interesting and special features as the Vale of Neath. That’s what the famous 19th Century naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace wrote when he first experienced the Vale of Neath. He summed it up pretty well. The ‘special features’ he refers to are the series of beautiful and dramatic waterfalls blessing this valley.

There is nowhere in Wales with as many spectacular waterfalls in such a small area as this part of South Wales known as 'Waterfall Country'. Here, the rivers Mellte, Hepste and Neddfechan have worn away the soft rocks to create steep wooded gorges full of caves and waterfalls. These beautiful secluded woodlands on the southern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, contain a series of picturesque tumbling streams and falls. Each with their own unique character, these falls are some of the loveliest we have encountered and offer potential for some wonderful photography.

Cool in summer, wreathed in myths and fringed with ferns, there’s something truly magical about them. Cascading down steep-sided gorges, they add a delightful extra dimension to the woodland.

Together we will follow the Elidir Trail along the River Nedd Fechan, taking in the falls enroute. Sgwd Gwladus (Lady Falls), with its delicate cascade is one of the most beautiful. We will also take in 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. We will also visit nearby Melincourt Falls; a spectacular 80 feet (24 m) high waterfall and known to have inspired J. M. W. Turner to paint them in 1794.

This is the ideal workshop if you are looking to master the capture of water. We will also have a selection of LEE Big and Little Stoppers on hand for you to experiment with.

You can view some images from previous participants on our waterfall workshop here and view my 'how to photograph waterfalls' video below:



You can also view my guide on how to photograph waterfalls here

More information and how to book

Workshop Fact File

  • Available dates

  • June 29th

  • Meeting Point

  • The Waterfall Centre, Pontneddfechan, SA11 5NR, South Wales

  • Tutor

  • Sarah Howard

  • Max group Size

  • 8

  • Start/finish time

  • 8:45 - 5:00 approx

  • Photographic Locations

  • Sgwd Gwladus (Lady Falls, Sgwd-y-Bedol (Horseshoe Falls), Sgwd Ddwli Isaf and Sgwd Ddwli Uchaf (the Lower and Upper Gushing Falls), Melincourt Falls

  • What's included?

  • A full day of photographic tuition and demonstrations, lunch and transport between locations

  • What's Excluded?

  • Accommodation, transport to and from South Wales, personal insurance eg: Cancellation Plan, equipment insurance, drinks from the bar

  • What will I learn on location?

  • Appropriate camera settings, working with light, composition techniques, depth of field & focusing, exposure & the histogram, use of filters, long exposures with water

  • Ability level

  • Suitable for all

  • Fitness level

  • Moderate/good

  • Cost

  • £140

  • Deposit

  • £60

  • Places remaining

  • Please contact for latest update