Walk part of the waterfall Eira Trail - 4 miles (6.4km) 360ft (110m)

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.

The walk

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. 



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  • Claudine

    We got home by 7.10 pm and ended walking about 7 miles.

    1 · August 24, 2014

  • Claudine

    Thank to those who turned up for the walk yesterday. Looking forward to walking there again in the winter.

    1 · August 24, 2014

  • Claudine

    A small group of us went to walk around the Brecon Beacons Waterfalls and see a few more waterfalls today. Still did not get to see them all. Think I still have 2-3 to tick off the list next time.

    Seeing that I have some great RECCE photos, I only took a few photos of the new waterfalls, which we saw today. I did a lot of hill climbing towards the end of the walk - John Mary & Mary we walked a different route today and coming back was harder than walking on the road back to the car park. — at Brecon Beacons Waterfalls

    1 · August 24, 2014

  • Kirsty

    I have a family emergency so am unable to come along today - really sorry for the short notice

    August 23, 2014

  • Claudine

    Meeting at Cwm Porth car park

    August 23, 2014

    • Claudine

      Car park Is about a 1km South of Ystradfelte GR SN[masked]

      August 23, 2014

  • Claudine

    Please arrive 15 mins before the start to sign in.

    August 23, 2014

  • Judith P.

    sorry i have had to clancel as well.am really disapointed, but am looking after grandaughters, and at 5 and half and 1, they not really up to this.

    August 22, 2014

  • steve w.

    I am sorry, hadn't realised its 2 hours from me am not going to be able to get away on time. Hope you all get soaked.

    1 · August 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey would anyone be able to give me a lift at all? I live in Hotwells and would be happy to meet at a convenient point and contribute to petrol and travel? Patrick

    August 19, 2014

    • Claudine

      There is one leaving Redland at 8 am by the Whitladies Tesco Express next to the Kitchen shop for £4 travel. Meeting at 7.50 am. Each person is paying the same expect the driver. However if anyone is not coming the travel goes up by a £1 per person not in car. Inbox your number and email address if you want it.

      August 20, 2014

    • Claudine

      Travel covers bridge and parking costs too.

      August 20, 2014

  • Yoshi

    Hi everyone . I love to join this walk if I can get a lift. I am happy to share the cost. I live in the centre of Bristol but can get pick up point wherever convenient. Thank you

    August 17, 2014

    • Claudine

      There is one leaving Redland at 8 am. Meeting point is at the Tesco Express by the Kitchen shop on Whiteladies Road. Travel is £6. Covers bridge and packing too. Inbox your number and email address if you want a seat saved for you.

      1 · August 18, 2014

  • Judith P.

    wow
    i could really do with something like this; need to get back to regular running and walking again ;too much sitting in deck chair during the summer. willbringt along everything required and map, and look forward to it very much.

    1 · August 17, 2014

  • Claudine

    Please remember your food, drinks, money and camera. If we are up for it and its not too wet, we can visit more waterfalls on the day. Therefore if you have the OS map no 12 please bring it along. It talks nearly 2 hours to drive to the start.

    August 17, 2014

  • Max A.

    I did pretty much this walk with a group of reasonably fit walkers, we did stop for a sandwich and lots of photos, but the suggested 4 miles was more like 6 and we managed about 1 mile an hour.

    August 13, 2014

    • Max A.

      I don't think it has a postcode. If you pull off the main A4059, it's the second car park you see signs for. And the first on the right.
      Anyone relying on satnav to get them there, you'll want to take the satnav inside and point it at the spot comparing with the roads on a decent map. Or aim it at Ystradfellte.
      You can get the ordnance survey maps from Bing :
      http://binged.it/1v0b...­

      Don't expect to be phoning people up from there, I seem to recall getting no signal. Definitely no internet!!

      August 16, 2014

    • Claudine

      Thanks. Come find me when you get there and we can talk before the walk please.

      August 17, 2014

  • Yvonne

    Anyone going from Bristol I can share cost of petrol and bridge with?

    August 17, 2014

    • Claudine

      Sorry do not think you can make any pickup from Bristol. They are not living from the station but North Bristol and Redland. We have to leave just gone 8 am as its nearly a two hour drive and your train does not get in on time. Maybe look for a pickup from Bath.

      August 17, 2014

  • Matt D.

    Apologies, I had no idea I'd RSVPed for this until I got some notifications this morning. It does sound great though, but alas I've other plans that day. Hope those who go have a good time :-)

    August 10, 2014

  • Claudine

    Waterfalls and the RECCE 10.3 Miles. I have great photos too. Looking forward to walking the shorter route on the 23/08/14.
    http://youtu.be/YfzopPgBpbM

    1 · August 10, 2014

  • Steve

    Like the look of this one but sadly am working that day, hope you decide to repeat it on a Sunday sometime and that I'm free on the day you choose :-)

    1 · August 10, 2014

  • Nick C (.

    Sorry, dropping out: family commitment.

    August 10, 2014

  • Claudine

    Anyone got a sat nav to grab the post code for the car park please?

    August 10, 2014

  • Jason

    Went there alone to do a photo shoot back along, very beautiful area, there's a 4 quid charge for parking at the Cwm Porth carpark just to warn you all, it's not the most difficult of walks although in places is quite narrow with steep drop offs, bring a camera, it's quite a long way to the final waterfall so plenty of food and drink is a must :-)

    July 18, 2014

    • Claudine

      I knew must of the information expect the car park charge. Thanks for letting me know. We have a few stop plans on the way too. Using the route from my friends book.

      July 18, 2014

    • Jason

      Yeah it was abit of a stinger getting to the carpark then finding out ya gotta pay, there are toilets there which is handy, when you say stop plans? What's the general idea is it along the way or before/after. It is a nice walk took a fair few hours when i went and it typically rained lol got some nice shots but wouldn't mind taking some more in better weather.

      July 18, 2014

  • Claudine

    Looking for someone willing to pickup 2 or 3 walkers from Bristol. Can anyone help?

    July 12, 2014

  • Claire G.

    Hiya Claudine,
    Can't do this walk Im afraid as I will be on Scout camp as a helper (in roughly the same region-ish, I think!) Sorry :-(

    April 27, 2014

  • Claudine

    For all walks listed by myself, please make sure that you're fit enough to undertake the walk you intend to join. If you're unsure of your fitness level, try a short and easy walk first. It's much better to find a walk a little too slow or easy than to exhaust yourself.

    Some walks are off-road in rural areas. Please have suitable footwear and clothing for the walk you intend to join and bring some food and drink - even if the walk includes a pub or café break.

    Walk leaders may refuse to accept participants who in their opinion are inadequately equipped or unfit. When in doubt, contact the organiser or leader in advance. For the safety of yourself and others please follow any advice and guidelines issued by the organiser and the instructions of the leader. Although walking is a very low risk activity, no activity is completely without risk and it is your responsibility to behave sensibly and to minimise the potential for accidents.

    Thanks

    1 · April 26, 2014

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