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    Talybont Reservoir Walk

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    Talybont Reservoir Walk

    The Talybont Reservoir Walk is a relaxing outdoor experience in Wales that will take you around the shoreline of the largest stillwater reservoir in the central Brecon Beacons. While out walking the trail, you will traverse quiet roads and footpaths through the forest, as you take in some beautiful views across the water. While this is an easy-going walk, be sure to keep an eye on children and dogs when walking along the road portions of the route.

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    Route Description for Talybont Reservoir Walk

    While there are some scenic portions of the Talybont Reservoir Walk, a large portion of this route does follow along roadways. If you are travelling with young children or dogs, be sure to keep a close eye on them. Additionally, you will want to wear proper walking boots that will be comfortable on both forest pathways and paved roads.

    Even though this route utilizes roads on several occasions, the views of the reservoir and surrounding woodland terrain are scenic enough to make it worthwhile. Whether you are looking to sit by the water’s edge and gaze out across the reservoir or are hoping to lose yourself and relax in the peaceful forest setting, this is a good walking route to simply get outside for some exercise while taking in the views.

    Setting out from the car park, you will head to the northeast along the road for 1.0 km, where you will come to a junction in the road. Turning right here, you will begin to make your way across the dam wall while enjoying beautiful views of the reservoir extending before you to the south. After reaching the opposite side, you will enter into the cover of the forest and turn right to follow a track to the southwest.

    While walking along this portion of the trail, take some time to appreciate the peaceful forest atmosphere and intermittent views of the water that present themselves through the tree cover. After 3.6 km along the east shore of the Talybont Reservoir, you will turn right onto a footpath and follow it downhill to cross over the banks of Caerfanell.

    After crossing over the river, you will continue along the trail for another 0.3 km, where you will come to the edge of C0151. Turning right here, you will follow along the road over the next 3.3 km in order to arrive back at the car park where you began your day on the Talybont Reservoir Walk.

    Trail Highlights

    Talybont Reservoir

    At 318 acres, the Talybont Reservoir is the largest stillwater reservoir that can be found within the central Brecon Beacons. Built by Newport Construction between 1931 and 1939, the reservoir supplies the nearby town of Newport with its water. The reservoir underwent modernisation upgrades in 2019 that amounted to £10 million.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can you fish in Talybont Reservoir?

    Yes, daily fishing permits are available for the Talybont Reservoir and the lake is stocked with brown trout.

    Can you paddle Talybont Reservoir?

    You can paddle the Talybont reservoir if you have your own watercraft or rent one; however, you will need the appropriate permits to do so.

    Insider Hints for Talybont Reservoir Walk

    • Wear proper walking boots for this adventure, as there is a variety of terrain throughout.
    • Arrive early, as parking is limited at the trailhead. Alternatively, you can park at another car park on the opposite shore of the reservoir.

    Getting to the Talybont Reservoir Walk Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Talybont Reservoir Walk can be found at the car park along the west shore of the reservoir, just 3.5 km southwest of Talybont-on-Usk.

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      YHA Danywenallt

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