The Four Waterfalls Trail

Friday, October 14, 2016

the four waterfalls trail Ystradfellte brecon beacons
Deep in the Brecon Beacons national park there is a gem of a walk. Not far from the village of Ystradfellte you can find the four falls trail. 
Waterfalls are an absolute novelty for us as we have none at all in Norfolk. When C found the four falls trail it sounded exactly like my cup of tea. There were two options for parking (although we later found out that one was shut). We use the Cwm Porth car park which was pricey but had toilets and an information point. We bought the pamphlet for the trail to be on the safe side and set off down the path, though quite frankly it would have been nigh-on impossible to have gone wrong really but never mind. 
the four waterfalls trail Ystradfellte brecon beacons

the four waterfalls trail Ystradfellte brecon beacons
I haven't made any effort to get the photographs in the right order or to remember the names of each fall as I think it's more important that you go and do the walk yourself if at all possible. Hopefully, you'll be inspired to visit. Above (I believe) is the waterfall you can walk behind. We didn't as I saw a few people looking saturated and didn't fancy hypothermia.
the four waterfalls trail Ystradfellte brecon beacons

the four waterfalls trail Ystradfellte brecon beacons

the four waterfalls trail Ystradfellte brecon beacons
The trail itself was around 6km long and the terrain varied wildly. I'd say it took us around 4 hours as we took it at a gentle pace, with a stop for lunch and plenty of photographing the waterfalls and scenery. It's a proper walk though, you'll need sturdy boots as the paths were undulating, rocky, wet, a little muddy and slippery in places. 
the four waterfalls trail Ystradfellte brecon beacons

the four waterfalls trail Ystradfellte brecon beacons
It was pretty quiet when we went during the week in mid September, but it reportedly gets busy in high season and weekends so for the best kind of peaceful walk I'd say head along when the crowds are elsewhere if practical. There were plenty of steps too, to get to a couple of the waterfalls. It's not hard, but just a slog.
the four waterfalls trail Ystradfellte brecon beacons

the four waterfalls trail Ystradfellte brecon beacons

the four waterfalls trail Ystradfellte brecon beacons

the four waterfalls trail Ystradfellte brecon beacons

the four waterfalls trail Ystradfellte brecon beacons

the four waterfalls trail Ystradfellte brecon beacons

the four waterfalls trail Ystradfellte brecon beacons

the four waterfalls trail Ystradfellte brecon beacons
There were some paths very close to the edge and some viewpoints which were just on the cliff edge so I can't help thinking it would be rather child unfriendly (or parent unfriendly?) as there were plenty of hazardous points.
the four waterfalls trail Ystradfellte brecon beacons

the four waterfalls trail Ystradfellte brecon beacons

the four waterfalls trail Ystradfellte brecon beacons

the four waterfalls trail Ystradfellte brecon beacons
The scenery and falls were beautiful, I imagine by now, the changing colours of the landscape would make it look completely different. That's the beauty of visiting somewhere all year round; taking in all the different sights, smells and feel of the place. I would love to return again one day.

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  1. This look utterly beautiful. I'm going to show Andy, he likes a waterfall and, you never know, it might be enough to persuade him to take a week off next year!

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