Waterfall walks in the Brecon Beacons

The Welsh countryside is home to some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the whole of the UK.

I’m going to recommend my top 3 favourite waterfalls and tell you how you can reach them (it’s really easy).

Waterfall Number 1: Scwd Ddwli

West of Merthyr Tydfil you will find Waterfall Country, one of the most beautiful and popular parts of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Here lies the Fforest Fawr Geopark, with steep, tree-lined gorges not just one but many beautiful waterfalls. The main entry point to the region is the village of Pontneddfechad – simply head here on your Sat Nav and you will come to a little village with a pub and a little place to park your car. The entrance to waterfall country is easily signposted and you can pick from a variety of walks that are different lengths and showcase different scenery. All in all the whole thing (with lots of stops for photos and seeing all the waterfalls here) will take you a few hours. In the summer you will see people having picnics and swimming in the waterfall water.

Waterfall 2: Gwladys

Waterfall number 2 is located on the same walk as waterfall number 1, so you’re in luck if you want to see two of my favourite waterfalls whilst on the same trip! You may also see people jumping off here in the summer (check out this video on Youtube!). After seeing both these waterfalls and the others on the same walk (yes there’s more!) you can head back to the car for a quick drink in the local pub. A great spot after a couple of hours walking! These walks are all dog friendly but I would recommend keeping them on the leads because of all the steep drops!

Waterfall 3: Henrhyd Falls


The great thing about this waterfall is that not only is it the biggest, but it is only a short (but steep) walk. To get here the waterfalls will be signposted from the A4067 and A4221 by brown tourist signs (It’s a National Trust Spot). The car park is located just outside Coelbren on the minor road to Pen y Cae. It came up on the Sat Nav for us pretty easy and the signage was good, but just in case the OS Grid ref is: SN853121.

This waterfall is huge and is amazing to see in full flow. The last time I visited was with two friends Ally and Dylan (seen in the picture behind it) on a boiling hot summers day – yet the waterfall was still flowing and people were swimming beneath it.

Fun fact from Dylan here: Batman, The Dark Knight Rises was filmed at these falls!

Round up:

So if you like adventure, water, great photo and picnic spots, a good laugh with your mates or an interesting place to walk the dog – this is a great (and free) day out for all the family! Feel free to ask questions about these walks and if you’ve got any waterfalls to recommend to me outside of these three then I’d love to hear from you.