Ystradfellte Four Waterfalls Walk

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Moderate
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2-3h
Distance
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7.2 km
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275 m
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Ystradfellte Four Waterfalls Walk

The Ystradfellte Four Waterfalls Walk is a fantastic adventure in Brecon Beacons National Park that will take you through the forest to visit a series of stunning waterfalls. While out walking the trail, you will enter into the dense cover of the forest and follow along the banks of Afon Mellte, eventually passing by the cascading waters of Sgwd Uchaf Clun Gwyn, Sgwd Isaf Clun Gwyn, and Sgwd yr Eira. This is a wonderfully scenic woodland adventure if you are looking to relax and view some breathtaking waterways in Wales.

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Route Description for Ystradfellte Four Waterfalls Walk

The Ystradfellte Four Waterfalls Walk is a great route for a wide range of outdoor enthusiasts; however, there are some steep sections of terrain, as well as some slippery rocks around the falls that could prove to be dangerous. Be sure to wear proper walking footwear for this adventure. Additionally, the car park at the trailhead is free and quite small, so you will likely need to arrive early in order to secure a space.

You will almost certainly encounter a number of other walkers while out on this popular trail, but that only means that it is a great route worth exploring! Featuring serene woodland terrain, a relaxing riverside setting, and four breathtaking waterfalls, it is no wonder why this is such a well-trodden trail. If you enjoy relaxing in the forest and taking in the majesty of a cascading waterfall, then this is the perfect adventure for you.

Setting out from the car park, you will cross directly over the road and follow the track leading south for 0.7 mi, traversing the lightly forested landscape before the trail turns to the southwest and arrives at a fork in the path. Here, you will take the path on the right and follow it into the cover of the forest as it thickens, leading you downhill to arrive at another junction in 0.4 mi.

Turning right once again, you will make your way to the southwest for another 0.2 mi, following the path further downhill through the beautifully atmospheric woodland setting until you arrive at the first waterfall along this route: Sgwd Uchaf Clun Gwyn. Keeping right along the banks of Afon Mellte, you will continue along the trail for 0.3 mi and make a sharp right to cross over the river, where you will have amazing views of the second and third waterfalls, both known as Sgwd Isaf Clun Gwyn.

After taking in the views, cross back over the river and continue on to the southwest along the weather’s edge, following the path as it turns to the southeast and climbs uphill, eventually arriving at a junction after 0.8 mi. Here, you will take the path on your right and traverse a series of steps to make your way down to the banks of Afon Hepste, where you will find the stunningly beautiful sight of the Sgwd yr Eira falls. Take some time to explore the area around the cascading falls and walk behind the curtain of water, before heading back up the stairs to the junction.

Once you have arrived back at the junction, turn right and follow the path for 0.1 mi, keeping left onto the track and following it straight over the next 0.5 mi. Here, you will come to a junction with the original path from your route. Turn right and follow it to the northeast to make your way back to the car park having completed the Ystradfellte Four Waterfalls Walk.

Trail Highlights

Sgwd yr Eira

As the final waterfall along this route, Sgwd yr Eira is a beautifully scenic destination in Brecon Beacons National Park that should not be missed. Located in the forest along the Afon Hepste, the water forms a curtain that drops over a 50 ft cliff into a pool below and allows visitors to walk behind the wall of water for a fun way to take in the natural beauty of the landmark.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Ystradfellte Four Waterfalls Walk free?

The car park for the Ystradfellte Four Waterfalls Walk is free, so you will need to arrive early in order to secure a space.

Is the Ystradfellte Four Waterfalls Walk suitable for dogs?

The Ystradfellte Four Waterfalls Walk is a public pathway and dogs are permitted along the trail, although they must be kept under control.

Insider Hints for Ystradfellte Four Waterfalls Walk

  • Be sure to wear proper walking boots, as terrain can be steep and slippery in certain areas.
  • Arrive early, as the car park is fairly small and the route is a busy one.

Getting to the Ystradfellte Four Waterfalls Walk Trailhead

The trailhead for the Ystradfellte Four Waterfalls Walk can be found at the Gwaun Hepste car park, 1.0 mi southeast of Ystradfellte.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    No

  • When to do

    Year-Round

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    High

  • Route Type

    Lollipop

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