Sometimes you need to remove yourself from the noise of everyday life and simply enjoy a short adventure.
Luckily, in the southwest of the Brecon Beacons, Waterfall Country has lots to of stunning scenery for you to explore – and it’s dog friendly. Check out this map!
So, let’s put on our walking boots, grab a packed lunch, and go for a walk!
Waterfall Country (otherwise known as the Four Waterfalls walk) takes you through the following beautiful waterfalls:
- Sgwd Clun-Gwyn
- Sgwd Isaf Clun-Gwyn
- Sgwd y Pannwr
- Sgwd yr Eira
There are two options for parking. You can use Cwm Forth Car Park, or you can use Gwaun Hepste Car Park. Both charge £4 for a full day, and you can start the walk from either one. However, the length of the walk differs slightly depending on your starting point.
From Cwm Forth, the Four Waterfalls walk is an 8.8km round trip, whereas it’s a 9km round trip from Gwaun Hepste. Both are intermediate walks that should take three to four hours to complete.
As you follow the serene valleys and forests, you’ll arrive at the first waterfall, Sgwd Clun-Gwyn. You’ll see the gushing waters, the mists, and the drops of this stunning location. This waterfall is the easiest to access, because it’s so close to the main trail.
However, remember to take care of yourself on the wetter days!
When you continue onto the muddy woodlands, you’ll find a path that will take you to the second and third waterfalls. I hope you brought the walking shoes that I mentioned at the start, because you’ll need them for the steep muddy stairs ahead.
The second waterfall, Sgwd Isaf Clun-Gwyn, is the smallest of the waterfalls – but it’s also the most charming. It’s small, secluded, and even a little magical as it lives amongst ancient and untouched woodland.
Continuing along the muddy trail and over the river, you’ll be able to hear the rushing waters of Sgwd y Pannwr. In fact, you’ll hear this waterfall long before you see it.
Sgwd y Pannwr is the highest of these waterfalls. As the water elegantly streams down along the riverbed beside you, I’m sure you’ll find it as gorgeous as I do. This waterfall also has some plunge pools, so if you’re adventuring on a hot summer’s day, then you can have a well-deserved break.
To reach the final waterfall, you’ll need to walk on the path away from the main woodland trail. It’s also the hardest waterfall to reach, with steep descents and an endless amount of steps. However, you’ve travelled this far, and it would be a waste to turn back now!
Sgwd yr Eira is the largest waterfall on this walk. However, you are able to walk behind its cascading waters, so prepare to get soaked!
After the journey, you’ll have to climb all the way up the steep steps to make your way back to the woodland path, but you only have to follow the lane back to where you started.
If you’re not tired from the climbs, the mud, and the steps; then there’s yet another waterfall you can visit which is just a fifteen-minute drive away.
Henrhyd Falls isn’t technically part of Waterfall Country. However, as it’s a short drive away, and because it’s the tallest waterfall in South Wales – I thought it’d be rude not to share it.
Also, for all the film buffs among you, this waterfall was a filming location used in the Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises.
There is free parking onsite, although there are only twelve spaces. From the car park, Henrhyd Falls is just a short walk away. There is rough and narrow terrain, which will be damp and soggy, so I hope you still have those walking shoes about which I’ve been talking.
When you follow the car park gates, you’ll follow steps and a hill that’ll take you over River Nant Lech. From here, you’ll already hear the grand waterfall, and you might even catch a glimpse of it. If you keep walking on, you’ll see it within minutes.
Henrhyd Falls is nature at its best. It’s scenic, magnificent, and simply beautiful. Like Sgwd yr Eira, you can walk behind this waterfall, but be aware of the falling rocks. I also think the sheer size of it makes it worth the visit as it comes in at ninety feet!
If you wanted to visit Henrhyd Falls on a separate occasion, I’d suggest trying the Nant Llech walk. It’s a 5.6km walk and should take around two hours to complete. Along the way, you’ll see a few smaller waterfalls and you’ll even see the River Tawe.
For more information on the walks and the area then take a look at this link…..
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