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Pistyll Rhaeadr. Note the natural arch in the middle.

Pistyll Rhaeadr is the tallest waterfall in England and Wales and the fifth tallest in the United Kingdom.


It is located a few miles from the village of Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant in Powys, Wales, twelve miles west of Oswestry.

There is ample car parking space at the foot of the waterfall for people who want to explore the waterfall, with a café and a B&B alongside.

A Wonder of Wales

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It is formed by the Afon Disgynfa river passing over a 240-foot (73 m) Silurian cliff-face, after which the river is known as the Afon Rhaeadr. The waterfall descends in three stages, totalling 240 foot. Pistyll Rhaeadr, whose name means the "spring of the waterfall", is counted as one of the Seven Wonders of Wales and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The 19th century author George Borrow in his book Wild Wales remarked of the waterfall, "What shall I liken it to? I scarcely know, unless it is to an immense skein of silk agitated and disturbed by tempestuous blasts, or to the long tail of a grey courser at furious speed. I never saw water falling so gracefully, so much like thin, beautiful threads as here".

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