Hiking Travel

Discover the Tranquil Beauty of Brecon Beacons: Exploring the Four Waterfall Walking Trail

29 January 2024
Waterfalls in the Brecon Beacons

The Brecon Beacons in South Wales are a haven for nature enthusiasts and hikers alike, offering a myriad of breathtaking landscapes. One of the most enchanting trails in this region is the Four Waterfall Walking Trail, a journey that unveils the true beauty of the Beacones and specifically its abundance of waterfalls. Each waterfall in the Brecon Beacons is a must see. I visited over the New Year and wrote another piece about some of the other amazing activities you can do here too.

You can find the actual trail from within the amazing OS Maps app. The route itself is here.

Sgwd Clun-Gwyn (Fall of the White Meadow)

The adventure begins with Sgwd Clun-Gwyn, a spectacular waterfall that cascades gracefully over a series of rocky ledges. As you traverse the trail, the soothing sound of the water and the lush greenery surrounding the falls creates a really wonderful chilled out space. To reach Sgwd Clun-Gwyn, the most common starting point is the Cwm Porth car park, situated off the A4059 road near Ystradfellte. Sgwd Clun-Gwyn presents a spectacular sight: water plunges over a wide ledge into a scenic pool below, surrounded by rocky outcrops and lush vegetation. It’s a perfect spot for nature photography, picnics, or simply to relax and enjoy the peaceful ambiance. The waterfall is particularly impressive after rainfall, when the water volume increases, creating a more dramatic cascade.

Sgwd Isaf Clun-Gwyn (Lower Fall of the White Meadow)

Following the trail, you’ll encounter Sgwd Isaf Clun-Gwyn, the lower part of the first waterfall. This tiered cascade is a lovely little bonus. Its secluded location and the play of sunlight filtering through the trees make it an ideal spot for a peaceful stop, allowing you to take in the sound of the falls, also great for a slow shutter photograph 🙂

Sgwd y Pannwr (Fall of the Fuller)

As you continue your exploration, Sgwd y Pannwr comes into view, showcasing the power and majesty of nature. The sheer force with which the water plunges into the pool below is awe-inspiring. The surrounding rocks provide an excellent vantage point to marvel at the forces that have shaped the landscape over centuries.

Sgwd-yr-Eira (Fall of Snow)

The crown jewel of the Four Waterfall Walking Trail is Sgwd-yr-Eira, a waterfall unlike any other. What sets this waterfall apart is its amazing path that leads behind the cascade itself. Visitors can walk behind the curtain of water, experiencing an intimate connection with the falls and ultimately getting a bit wet tooo 😉 During colder months, the mist transforms into a delicate spray resembling snow which is particularly crazy.

Each waterfall on this trail offers a distinctive perspective on the raw beauty of the Brecon Beacons. From the serene Sgwd Clun-Gwyn to the captivating Sgwd-yr-Eira, this walking trail is a symphony of nature’s wonders. Whether you seek a peaceful retreat or an adventurous exploration, the Four Waterfall Walking Trail promises an unforgettable journey through the heart of South Wales’ natural splendor.

Don’t forget to check out the 7 best things to do in the Brecon Beacons too. There’s a few really quirky and fun things to do!

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