To the bat cave

Stood underneath the falls looking out from the Batcave © John Millar

Stood underneath the falls looking out from the Batcave

Wales is home to many rare bat habitats but none rarer or more famous than the home of Batman himself.

When Hollywood blockbuster The Dark Knight Rises hit cinema screens the Caped Crusader’s legendary lair would have looked very familiar to many in Wales. That’s because South Wales’s tallest waterfall 88 feet (27 metre) the stunning Henrhyd Falls, in the Brecon Beacons doubled as the Bat Cave in the big-budget film starring Christian Bale.

Behind the falls

Cinemagoers would have seen the movie’s stars disappear behind the waterfall and enter Batman’s incredible hideout. Amazingly that is no camera trick as any visitor to this magical place can do the same and disappear behind a curtain of white water.

Once you walk behind the falls you find yourself in space more vibrant than any film set where darkness glistens, light sparkles and water thunders down like the river’s own heartbeat.