Top 3 places for waterfalls in the Brecon Beacons

Of all the many places to see waterfalls in our Park, here are three of the best – we hope you enjoy!

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1. Waterfall Country: living landscapes 

Waterfall Country is one of the most beautiful and popular parts of the Brecon Beacons National Park and the Fforest Fawr Geopark, it  lies within the triangle formed by the villages of Hirwaun, Ystradfellte, and Pontneddfechan. With steep, tree-lined gorges and an abundance of tumbling water. You’ll find a series of waterfalls to explore, the most famous waterfall is Sgwd-yr-Eira, ‘the Snow Waterfall’, on the River Hepste, where a natural path leads right behind the curtain of water.

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© Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

The main entry point to the region is the village of Pontneddfechan. A series of walking trails in Waterfall country can also be found here

2. Blaen-y-Glyn: lively waters

Much of the water that fills Talybont Reservoir begins its journey high up in the mountains at the head of the Talybont Valley in the eastern Beacons. At Blaen-y-Glyn, the infant River Caerfanell, the Nant Bwrefwr and other streams tumble down from the hills over tremendous clusters of picturesque waterfalls.

There are pleasant walks to these falls from the Natural Resource Wales car parks at Upper Blaen-y-Glyn (grid reference SO056176) and Lower Blaen-y-Glyn (SO064169).

3. Henrhyd Falls: the highest waterfall in the Brecon Beacons National Park

With a drop of 27m, Sgwd Henrhyd, on the River Nant Llech north-west of Glyn-Neath, is the highest waterfall in the National Park.

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© Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

A walking trail leads to the waterfall from the National Trust car park (grid reference SN853121) near Coelbren, off the A4221 a mile south-east of Abercrave. You follow a steep path down into the mystical wooded valley, with occasional glimpses of the falls through the trees. A wooden bridge takes you across the stream which you then follow up to the pool at the base of Henrhyd Falls.

For further information on all the waterfalls in the Brecon Beacons please have a look at our website here or purchase the waterfalls guide here 

A reminder to everyone to wear the appropriate walking footwear and be safe when visiting these area’s.  Also please help us to preserve our waterfalls by taking care, sticking to the paths and following the Countryside Code.

Have a read of one of our previous blogs We love Waterfalls, streams and Rivers too.

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