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The Four Waterfalls Trail – The Brecon Beacons

In the southwest corner of the Brecon Beacons National Park, you can find the beautifully rugged area known as “Waterfall Country”. This is where many rivers run off the Beacons through steep tree-lined gorges before heading south to the sea.

There are several dramatic waterfalls in the region including Henrhyd Falls which was actually used as the entrance to the Batcave in the film ‘The Dark Knight Rises‘.

However, our favourite walk in the area is the Four Waterfall Trail. As the name suggests, the 4 and a half mile circular walk visits four of the most picturesque waterfalls.

Where To Start

We parked at the Four Falls Waterfall Car Park 2 which is marked on google maps. If you are coming from the east on the M4 it’s about one hour from Junction 32 near Cardiff. Travelling from the west then use Junction 43 at Neath.

It is a pay and display car park so remember to bring your change. At the time of our visit the price was £4 all day.

Map of the Four Waterfalls Trail

The car park is above the Porth yr Ogof cave system. This is where the Afon Mellte enters Wales’s largest cave entrance. You will probably see groups of cavers disappearing into small holes within the cave, definitely not our idea of fun.

Cave entrance near the car park

The Four Waterfalls Walk

Four Waterfalls Trail

The walk is well signposted from the car park. It isn’t a difficult walk but you do need to be relatively fit as the path is quite uneven in parts and can get quite muddy. Also, there are steep steps down the side of the gorge to reach the waterfalls themselves, especially Sgwd Yr Eira.

Sgwd Yr Eira
Sgwd Yr Eira Waterfal
Sgwd Yr Eira

On our walk, we headed to the Sgwd Yr Eira, the waterfall furthest away from the car park but a good place to start if you are walking the route clockwise.

Sgwd Yr Eira means “Falls of the Snow”, a perfect name to describe the curtain of white water cascading off the rocks. What is great about this waterfall is that you can walk behind it and yes, you will get wet.

Sgwd y Pannwr
Sgwd y Pannwr
Sgwd y Pannwr

The next waterfall on our route is Sgwd y Pannwr (Fall of the Fuller), about half a mile from Sgwd Y Pannwr. This is the lowest waterfall of the three main falls on the Afon Mellte. They may not be the biggest but they are some of the most picturesque falls in the area.

Sgwd Isaf Clun-gwyn
Sgwd Isaf Clun-gwyn
Sgwd Isaf Clun-gwyn

Not far up the river from Sgwd y Pannwr are the falls of Sgwd Isaf Clun-gwyn. The name translates as the ‘lower falls of the white meadow’. Here, the river runs through a narrow gorge over a series of falls. As with all of these waterfalls, they’re very photogenic, especially after heavy rain.

Sgwd Clun-Gwyn
Sgwd Clun-Gwyn Waterfall
 Sgwd Clun-gwyn

The final waterfall on our route is Sgwd Clun-gwyn, the ‘fall of the white meadow’. You can get a good view by looking down onto the waterfall with its flat rocky platforms and drops. This is a waterfall that looks and sounds very dramatic after a period of heavy rain.

It is just under a mile to walk back to the car park from Sgwd Clun-gwyn. Although the walk is often marked as 4 miles with all ups and downs of the gorge we ended up walking well over 5 miles.

The car parks aren’t big and can get quite busy so when you do visit, try to get there before 11 am to ensure you get a space. Maybe, a bit earlier on the weekends.

If you want to see more of Wales and some walks off the beaten tourist path then take a look at our Walks in Wales playlist on our YouTube Channel.

The Four Waterfalls Trail, Brecon Beacons

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