Venture on the Four Waterfalls Walk in the Brecon Beacons
When there’s such a thing as Waterfall Country, it’s hard to imagine a better way to spend the day than exploring it. That’s exactly what’s on offer with the four waterfalls walk in the Brecon Beacons.
At the head of the Vale of Neath in Wales, there are so many beautiful waterfalls that it’s been coined Waterfall Country – and it sure does live up to its name! Most of the cascades are accessible on foot, as long as you’re prepared to walk through the beautiful woodlands to get there.
In this post, we’ll take a closer look at the Brecon waterfall walk and its glorious waterfall scenery.
Four Falls Walk
The Four Falls trail, Brecon Beacons is a challenging walk – but it is hugely rewarding with stunning country views and spectacular cascading waterfalls. The four waterfalls along the trail are Sgwd Clun-Gwyn, Sgwd Isaf Clun-Gwyn, Sgwd Y Pannwr and the most famous, Sgwd Yr Eira.
Whatever the weather, this Brecon Beacons walk will not disappoint. The stunning circular route is as memorable on a rainy day as it is in blazing sunshine!
How long is the four waterfalls walk?
The Four Falls is a fairly long hike of 5 ½ miles so allow at least three hours plus time for breaks. Keep in mind there is a good amount of up-and-down terrain and no toilets en route. Stick to the waymarked trail, which tends to follow higher ground.
How do I get to the waterfalls in Brecon?
The Brecon Beacons waterfall walk visits four beautiful waterfalls and is one of the best waterfall walks in Britain with delightful woodland gorges, riverside trails along the Afon Mellte and a series of roaring waterfalls.
The carpark is located at Cwm Porth Car Park, Waterfall Centre, Cwm Porth, Ystradfellte, Aberdare CF44 9JF. There are toilets and picnic benches here. Keep in mind that there are none on the walk.
From the car park, you can pick up a useful map for £1 which will outline the circular route of the four waterfalls walk. You can choose to either start the trail along the river or take the entrance just up left from the car park entrance. We advise you to take the route next to the river so that you reach the most spectacular waterfall last and you work your way up to the most impressive one along the trail.
Can you walk behind Henrhyd Falls?
Henrhyd Falls is one of the most photographed of all Wales’ waterfalls, owing to its appearance in the Hollywood blockbuster The Dark Knight Rises, in which the Batcave was hidden behind it. It’s not recommended that you walk behind the water, because of the rockfall risk.
However, you can do so at the final stop on the Brecon Beacons four waterfall walk. The walk climaxes at the most impressive waterfall, Sgwd yr Eira. Probably the most spectacular in the Brecon Beacons, this waterfall allows you to walk behind a curtain of thundering water – making for a great experience you won’t forget in a hurry!