Cenarth Falls

Cenarth Falls

Cenarth falls is the main attraction in Cenarth, but the village itself is also quite interesting and borders 3 counties.

We like a good waterfall and often visit Cenarth Falls.  Partly because the falls themselves are so easy to walk to, but also because of the feel of the place.  It’s just so quiet, peaceful, relaxed and laid back.  A really good place if you’re looking to chill out but also see something interesting.

There’s a car park right next to the falls.  In fact you can see them without getting out of the car.  Which we suppose is a good thing if it’s raining.  And probably the rapids are more of a torrent then.  We don’t know because we’ve never done it.  But maybe we should!

Anyway, we definitely recommend getting out of the car if you’re visiting Cenarth Falls.

We last visited in September 2020 and found social distancing no problem.  This walkway makes for an easy flat walk to view the falls from different angles.

We got up close and personal by negotiating the huge boulders to the side of the water flow as it was at the time.  We did see someone hop across to the middle but we definitely would not recommend this.  Not least because he found it far more difficult to hop back.  In fact, by the time he did, he’d drawn a few spectators.  We suspect at least some were hoping to make some money from a bloopers video.

Getting to Cenarth Falls

The village of Cenarth is situated on the A484 and Cenarth Falls are right at its centre.  As this is a popular tourist attraction it’s well signposted the closer you get to it, and it’s best to follow the Brown Tourist Destination signs.  This map may help you.  

From the North

Take the A487 heading South.  At Synod Inn take the A486 and then take a right on to the B4571 to Newcastle Emlyn at Ffostrasol.  When you get to Newcastle Emlyn go straight on at the roundabout and on to the A475 which crosses the River Teifi.  Proceed through the town and then turn right onto the A484 (Old Graig Street) which will take you to Cenarth.  Cenarth is approximately 1 hour from Aberystwyth.

From the South

Head to Carmarthen on the A40. Take the A484 (Carmarthen by-pass) to Cynwyl Elfed/Newcastle Emlyn.  At Cynwyl Elfed carry on through the village on (Sturgeon Street)  which will continue as the B4333 to Newcastle Emlyn.  At Newcastle Emlyn turn left onto the A484  (Old Graig Stret) which will take you to Cenarth.  Carmarthen to Cenarth is approximately a 40 minute drive. 

From the East

Head for Newcastle Emlyn on the A475 and follow the directions as above.

From the West

Take the A487 or the B4239 and head for Eglwyswrw.  Turn right at Eglwyswrw onto the B4332 until you get to Cenarth.   Haverfordwest to Cenarth is a drive of approximately 1 hour.

Parking

Cenarth Falls Car Park

On the approach to Cenarth on the B4239 there is a small parking area along side the river.  Here you will find some disabled parking bays.  The main car park is just off the north side of the bridge next to the Salmon Leap Giftshop.  Parking charges are £2.50.

  • Map ref. 26 41
  • Grid Ref SN 26821 41524 disabled parking bays
  • Grid Ref SN 26909 41619 car park entrance
  • Post Code SA38 9JP

Facilities near Cenarth Falls

There are plenty of places to eat and drink near Cenarth Falls as well as public conveniences.

Options include a couple of pubs, (Three Horseshoes Inn and the White Hart Inn), and a tea-room (Ty Te Cenarth) serving traditional cream teas and meals with a large garden for warmer days.

Overlooking the falls is the National Coracle Centre and 13th century flour mill.  The Coracle Centre is open from Sunday through to Friday and there are a couple of gift shops at opposite sides of the Bridge. 

There’s also a great picnic area on the opposite side of the bridge near the White Hart Inn (on the B4332).  We’ve used this a few times and it’s very convenient for the free parking bays.  Not a bad view either!

More Information

You will find the public conveniences on the right of the main road past the Salmon Leap Gift Shop. When we last visited they were free.

Cenarth Falls is one of 4 waterfalls in and around Pembrokeshire.  Check out our posts on 2 of the others – Ffynone waterfall and Gwaun Valley waterfall walk.

If you are visiting Cenarth Falls now or in the near future please be aware that social distancing rules still apply in Wales.  Please keep yourselves and others safe.

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2 thoughts on “Cenarth Falls”

  1. What a lovely waterfall! I’m envious you have so many great walks with waterfalls near you. And cute pubs too makes for a wonderful day out!

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