Walking trails in Waterfall Country

Several waymarked trails lead through this beautiful region of the Brecon Beacons National Park, to the most dramatic waterfalls.

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These trails are linear. The distances shown below are the total mileage, there and back.  

Four Falls Trail

Distance
5.5 miles

Grade
Energetic

Starting point
Gwaun Hepste or Cwm Porth car park

OS grid reference
SN935123 or SN928124

This trail leads to Sgwd Clun-Gwyn, Sgwd Isaf Clun-Gwyn, Sgwd y Pannwr and Sgwd-yr-Eira on the River Mellte in the heart of Waterfall Country.

As you approach Sgwd Clun-Gwyn, listen out for the thundering roar of the falls before you reach them.

Elidir trail: fairy kingdom on the banks of the Nedd 

Distance 
1.3 miles to Sgwd Gwladus, 1.2 miles to Pont Melin-Fach

Grade 
Very moderate, then moderate

Starting point 
Waterfalls Centre (or Pont Melin-Fach car park, to walk the trail in reverse)

OS grid reference 
SN900075 or SN907104

The entrance to a fairy kingdom is reputed to be somewhere along the Elidir Trail, which takes you upstream along the path on the right hand side of the River Pyrddin to Sgwd Gwladus, the Lady Falls.

To continue, double back to the bridge and bear left along the banks of the Nedd Fechan to reach Sgwd-y-Bedol (the Horseshoe Falls), shaped in several levels of semi-circular ledges. A little further upstream the water cascades over Sgwd Ddwli Isaf and Sgwd Ddwli Uchaf (the Lower and Upper Gushing Falls) which after heavy rain, truly live up to their name. From here you can continue on to the picnic area at Pont Melin-Fach or retrace your steps back to Pontneddfechan.

The Powder Trail trail: life and death in the gunpowder works

Distance 
1.5 miles

Grade 
Very moderate

Starting point 
Dinas Rock car park – turn right over the bridge and right again to reach a welcome panel for the trail

OS grid reference 
SN912079

In the gorge at the far end of Pontneddfechan village are the remains of the Glyn-Neath Gunpowder Works. The Powder Trail audio will take you on an fascinating journey through this historical site, discovering what life was like for the men and women who worked in the dangerous  trade of gunpowder manufacture. The walk takes you through a wooded setting with the River Mellte rushing below.

As you go, look out for the purple waymarkers and numbered posts which indicate which audio track to play. Cross the bridge to return or take the spur up to the viaduct before heading back.

Sychryd all-ability trail and Ddinas trail: King Arthur's Cave

Distance 
0.5 miles

Grade 
Very moderate, easier access

Starting point 
Dinas Rock car park

OS grid reference 
SN912079

A stone-dust path winds its way through the narrow wooded gorge carved by the River Sychryd to the Sgydau Sychryd cascades. On the other side of the river is the spectacular rock known as Bwa Maen, an impressive geological fold which earns its name of the bow or arch rock. This trail is suitable for more robust wheelchairs and buggies.

 

Sgwd-yr-Eira audio trail: rocks, hillforts, mining and waterfalls

Distance 
2 miles

Grade 
Energetic

Starting point 
Dinas Rock car park

OS grid reference 
SN912079

This trail leads to Sgwd-yr-Eira, the Snow Waterfalls. The audio trail describes how this land has been used by different people, from early farmers to rock miners and climbers.

As you go, look out for the yellow waymarkers and numbered posts which indicate which audio track to play.