The Brecon Beacons Waterfalls at Pontneddfechan in Wales proved to be an important route for novice hikers like me, who need to be wowed by waterfalls over a gentle climb. Right here’s a couple of factors that will provide help to in your hike.
Whereas this route gives a gentle climb, please take care when strolling on the routes and take your individual precautions should you’re a novice like me!
The place to Park
One of many biggest issues about these Brecon Beacons Waterfalls is the free parking, however you’ll want to arrive early. Pontneddfechan is a really small village, so typing this within the Sat Nav obtained us the place we must be. Past two pubs and beautiful cafe named Sywd Gwladys, there’s not a lot else and the principle street runs out and in once more. Parking is on the roadside with clear areas that you just’ll see in your strategy, earlier than Sywd Gwladys.
The route we needed to take began close to the Guests Centre, nevertheless, there’s one other automobile park named the 4 Waterfalls Automobile Park additional up the street that prices (£4 for the day I believe) and appeared fairly far up the route based on the map.
We arrived at 10:30am and there was loads of roadside parking.
Time of Yr
Once we hiked this path to the Brecon Beacons Waterfalls, it was early September within the midst of an Indian Summer time heatwave. This meant most of the routes as much as the waterfalls have been accessible, however they will not be later within the yr. Please bear this in thoughts when monitoring your expectations of what you might even see.
What to Carry
To reiterate, I’m solely a novice so take the recommendation on this article frivolously and do your individual analysis on stay protected. Primarily based on my expertise, I’d advocate packing water and snacks, carrying a great pair of climbing footwear with a cleaner pair of footwear to swap for the journey again in case you’re muddy, and a towel and swimming costume must you want to swim.
A Cautionary Story
The swimming pools on the base of the waterfalls will be very alluring, significantly throughout summer time, however please be very cautious when swimming because the water temperature is colder than it’s possible you’ll anticipate.
The Mountaineering Route
We opted for the Elidir Path that promised 4 waterfalls with little problem and, it didn’t disappoint. In keeping with the informational maps, the route is estimated to take 1.5 hours for the 1.3 mile hike. It’s a in style route because it is without doubt one of the much less difficult within the Brecon Beacons Nationwide Park.
Described as a ‘Celtic Rainforest’, this route is a superb introduction to the Brecon Beacons Waterfalls beginning via a clearly outlined gate by the customer centre in Pontneddfechan. Welsh fable claims that the doorway is the exact same that trainee monk Elidir used to enter the fairy world after eloping from the abbey from which he escaped merciless remedy.
The primary waterfall you’ll see alongside this route, affectionately often called Woman Falls, stands at 7 meters excessive, and is without doubt one of the few Brecon Beacons Waterfalls you possibly can stroll behind. After roughly half-hour, you’ll come to a footbridge that leads off throughout the ravine and a signpost to a viewpoint. You’ll need to proceed on the trail to the left and ultimately, you’ll attain Sgwd Gwladus.
We continued past the precise viewpoint because it was accessible with some cautious footing throughout rocks and pebbles.
Earlier than backtracking in the hunt for the remaining waterfalls, tiptoe throughout the pebbles to the opposite aspect and comply with the trail as much as the highest of this waterfall proven under.
As I discussed, we visited throughout a dryer spell which meant we might sit over the lip of the waterfall.
Head again down the trail and proceed within the route you first got here till you’re again on the footbridge. With the footbridge in your proper, bear left on the trail upwards. You’ll discover a second bridge that pulls off to the correct, however proceed upwards and never throughout this bridge the place you’ll attain waterfall #2.
So the opposite waterfalls alongside this route are named elsewhere as Sgwd Ddwli Isaf, Sgwd Ddwli Uchaf, Sgwd-y-Bedol, and Sgwd Einion Gam however in addition to Sgwd Gwladus, I can’t confidently identify each I got here throughout, so we’re simply going to name them waterfalls 2, 3 and 4.
Waterfall #2 pictured under was actually pretty, off to the correct of this image is a deeper pool excellent for swimming. As soon as we’d completed ogling, we trekked throughout the rocks to succeed in waterfall #3. I believe that in wetter months this route wouldn’t be accessible.
What’s fascinating is that after we adopted the clear path upwards, we weren’t capable of see this waterfall in any respect. It’s solely as a result of the rocks have been dry that we have been capable of stroll instantly as much as it and even see it at waterfall #2.
After a small ascension, the trail leveled out and we reached waterfall #4. From the trail, we walked right down to the rocks for a more in-depth view. With the hotter climate, we determined to proceed the trail till we reached the highest of this waterfall the place we splashed round within the very chilly swimming pools.
Full of serotonin from the wildlife stroll, we adopted the identical path again down and throughout to the automobile park and loved a well-deserved halloumi wrap at Sywd Gwladys.