Park car park at Porth yr ogof, near Ystradfellte
The waterfalls are not just pretty to look at – they’re fun to get wet in, too. Some people like to walk behind the curtain of water, or set up their tripod in the stream to take photos. Others like to canoe the rapids, or leap into the flow on high-octane gorge-walking expeditions. Suggested map aqua3 OS Explorer OL12 Brecon Beacons National Park Western & Central areas
This is not an easy walk for your average person but nor is it very difficult, be prepared for a strenuous hike - Paths Riverside paths, some rough sections and steps, no stiles, Wooded valleys, fast flowing rivers, waterfalls. The walk is challenging with never ending views of the rivers and waterfalls. Highlight has to be walking behind the largest waterfall. You need to be fairly fit, wear appropriate footwear and a hiking pole is an advantage in places as it can be slippery. For a lot of the way it is pretty easy but the path itself is bit tricky with slippery mud (even after the driest summer for a while) and tree roots designed to trip you up. The last part up to the fourth waterfall is pretty steep for the occasional walker. It is all worth it however. The falls each have their own character and the walk itself by the side of the river is magical. Some of the paths around the waterfalls were slippery and there are quite a lot of steps.
Keep to the designated footpath and keep an eye out for the dippers and flycatchers which frequent these areas. I can't recommend this walk highly enough.
Don't forget your £4 in change for the car park and please remember to take all your valuables out of the car as you don't want any nasty surprises when you return to it.
Please remember your food and drinks.
1 Cross the road at the entrance to the car park and head down the left-hand of the two paths, waymarked with a yellow arrow. Follow this path on to the riverbank, then keep the river to your right to follow a rough footpath through a couple of kissing gates to reach a footbridge.
2 Continue ahead, drop into a dip and climb steeply out. Keep left to climb to a broken wall where the path forks. Take the left fork here (the bottom right-hand path has a fence along it) and follow the edge of the wood. When you see the odd green-banded marker posts, follow them to a waymarked crossroads where you turn right, now following the red-banded posts.
3 Continue through a dark tunnel of trees and out into more evenly spaced deciduous woodland. Carry on following the waymarked trail to a post directing you downhill. Follow this track, then bear around to the right when you reach the edge of forest. This leads to the top of a set of wooden steps, on the left.
4 Go down the steps to Sgwd yr Eira (Waterfall of the Snow) and then, having edged along the bank and walked behind the falls (waterproofs recommended), retrace your steps back to the edge of the wood. Turn left and continue, still following the red-banded posts, to a fork marked with a green-banded post.
5 Turn left here and descend to the riverside. Turn left again to Sgwd y Pannwr (Fullers Falls), then turn around to walk upstream to Sgwd Isaf Clun-Gwyn (Lower Waterfall of the White Meadow). Take care, the ground is very steep and rough around the best viewpoint.
6 Retrace your steps downstream to your descent path and turn left to climb back up to the fork at the top. Turn left and follow the red-banded waymarkers along to Sgwd Clun-gwyn, where there's a fenced off viewing area. From here, continue along the main trail to the place where you split off earlier.
7 Keep to the left-hand side to drop into the dip and retrace your steps past the footbridge and back to Porth yr ogof.
The New Inn in the small hamlet of Ystradfellte is approximately 1 mile (1.6km) from the start and incredibly popular with walkers, cyclists and cavers. It's a fairly laid-back sort of place, and a little scruffy inside, but the food is good and the beer is excellent.