Last weekend I and a few friends spontaneously took a trip to Brecon Beacons, although our original plan was to climb Pen Y Fan, but the visibility up there would be 0%.
This series of Waterfalls can be found in Fforest Fawr, which is situated in Brecon Beacons National Park. To start, if you’re not a local then travelling by car would be the easiest option. There are 2 main spots to start this hike, also car parks situation around the National Park that will all link up to the route. The car parks do charge £4 and will only take coins, so don’t forget to take some change!
The car park at Cwm Porth is near a pub, so great if you would like to stop for a pub lunch or just to have a sit down. If you would like a short hike on a flat trail, you are best parking at the Angel Inn, in Pontneathvaughan. If the weather is bad, wear appropriate footwear/clothing and I want to say wear warm clothing, but I did and I was sweating buckets by the end of it.
The rocky and muddy trails run along four small rivers, The Mellte, Hepste, Pyrddin, and Neath Fechan. All four rivers cascade into a series of Beautiful Waterfalls. To access these waterfalls some of the trail is quite steep and semi dangerous, so for anyone who is afraid of heights stay as close to the rock face (and don’t look down). Although there is a path, and if you’re like me and a bit of an adrenaline junkie then you don’t have to stick to the path.
Depending on what time of year you go and visit these amazing waterfalls, you can walk behind the Sgwd yr Eira Waterfall in the summer when the flow is low. You can do this in the winter but you will get wet and it can get a bit slippery, so be careful!
We set off on foot around 14:00/14:30 and we are in the middle of winter so our sun sets around 16:30 so at the end of the day we were walking back along a muddy and rocky trail in the dark which was a little dangerous but we made it before it was completely dark, obviously think about the time you go and the time the sun sets.
Having grown up travelling to Brecon Beacons very often, I knew this versatile hike was going to be beautiful, and it did not disappoint. The trails are also so versatile that if you wanted to do a quick hike, you can. If you wanted to make it a 7 hour day hike, then you can.