In the Vale of Neath, to the southern part of the Brecon Beacons National Park, lies the Four Waterfalls Walk. This is short walk of only five miles or so which takes in, as the name implies, four waterfalls.
This is an area rich in geology, where sandstone meets mudstone and where rivers have eroded the landscape over many years. As well as waterfalls there are large cave systems running deep underground. We passed numerous entrances where rivers seemed to disappear, or where holes in rocks simply fell away into an abyss of nothingness.
The flat rock ledge about a third of the way down allows you to get up close and personal.
Walk on from Sgwd Clun-gwyn heading south, through the forest adjoining the Afon (River) Mellte, to where it is joined by the Afon Hepste. A short way up the Hepste is another waterfall, the Sgwd-Yr-Eira, meaning “falls of snow”.
…but we weren’t really dressed for the occasion. Don’t do it, Poppy!
Just to the north of Sgwd y Pannwr is the final of the four waterfalls, Sgwd Isaf Clun-gwyn, meaning “lower fall of the white meadow”. This is another one you can clamber behind, but this time you need a little more than just waterproofs.
Points on this part of the walk (copy and paste the co-ordinates into Google Earth)
- Sgwd Clun-gwyn: N 51° 47.200 W 003° 33.625
- Sgwd-Yr-Eira: N 51° 46.690 W 003° 33.260
- Sgwd y Pannwr: N 51° 46.880 W 003° 33.770
- Sgwd Isaf Clun-gwyn: N 51° 47.025 W 003° 33.710
- Date of Walk: 25 July 2015
- Walk distance: 5.99 miles
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