Belelle river: waterfall, river and marsh
It is born in San Martiño de Goente, in the town of As Pontes de García Rodríguez and it crosses the towns of A Capela, Fene and Neda.
The Belelle river, with its affluents, goes down from the Forgoselo mountains and it makes wetlands and forests of oak, willows and hazelnut trees, which hide the water between their leafs. In the descent to the ría (estuary) of Ferrol it has different heights which create so beautiful waterfalls worthy to be photographed. On its way through Neda, the river passes for a hydroelectric power station from the beginning of twentieth century, which provided electricity to the nearer towns.
Among its other jobs, the Belelle river provides water to the citizens of Ferrol and the mills of its banks were used to grind cereals and then cook the famous bread of Neda. Also in its banks, there is the country house of Elizabeth II, an old textile factory from the nineteenth century. Its fame is given by its powerful waterfall, with fifty meters of height, which plunge its water on the rocky wall, and its fall resound between the oak and chestnut trees which surround the pool.
In the mouth, it flows into the ría (estuary) of Ferrol and it creates a beautiful marshland with great natural interest, due to be the only wetland which survives inside. This is an area with great biodiversity which is crossed by the English Way
Photo courtesy of Marta González Felguerias