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The Mellte, Breconshire

Historical Description

Mellte, The, a river of Brecknockshire and Glamorgan. It rises in two headstreams, called the Llia and the Drin-garth, near Fan Llia and Fan Dringarth, under the Brecknock Beacons, runs about 10 miles southward, past Ystrady-fellte, to a confluence with the Hepste at Kilhepste, and combines with that stream and with the Sychrhyd to form the river Neath. It passes near Ystradyfellte through a very curious cavern called Porth-yr-Ogof, about 40 feet high, 20 wide, and 1800 long, and is rejoined at the middle of the cavern by a portion of its water which had disappeared near Ystradyfellte church, and flowed underground to the cavern. It also at Clyngwyn makes a very beautiful fall amid precipitous rocks, so close as to prevent all approach from below, and it likewise makes two other falls further down than Clyngwyn.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

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