Best of Both Worlds

Summit the highest mountain and walk behind the best waterfall

WALKING DISTANCE: 8.5 Miles,  ASCENT: 723 Metres
Includes picnic lunch, expert guiding by a mountain leader/geologist, and pick up from Abergavenny station or your local accommodation
Duration: 10am - 6pm
Number of places: 1-6 (or more if using your vehicle)

£56 PER PERSON

(Based on 2 people, price is reduced with more people. We will run the tour with only one person for £84. Full pricing info is on our Booking and Prices page)

Many people would agree that the two most amazing places to be standing in the Brecon Beacons National Park are firstly, on the summit of Pen-y-Fan, the highest mountain in southern Britain, and secondly, behind the plummeting cascade of Sgwd yr Eira waterfall. Both locations require walking to get to, but if you are relatively fit and able to walk for approximately 5.5 hours you can experience both iconic locations in a single day.

A composite of Pen-y-Fan Mountain and Sgwd yr Eira waterfall.
A very full Sgwd Clun Gwyn (The Fall of the White Meadow)
Behind Sgwd yr Eira waterfall
The view of Corn Du from Pen-y-Fan
The view of Pen-Fan from Corn Du
Best of Both Worlds Brecon Beacons Tours

Route

PART 1

DISTANCE: 3 MILES,   ASCENT: 160 metres, (2 hour approx)

We walk for about 15 minutes to reach our first stop  Sgwd Clun Gwyn waterfall, also called 'The Fall of the White Meadow'.  After spending some time here, we walk a further 30 minutes to reach the Brecon Beacons National Park's best known waterfall Sgwd yr Eira which means 'The Fall of Snow'. Here we can walk behind the waterfall for a magical view of the water thundering down. The flow of water is always impressive but after heavy rain it can become much fuller. If we walk behind when it is full, the spray will be quite drenching! On our way back we have to climb a long series of steps, which we also descended on our way to the waterfall. These steps are hard work because of their large size. After 30 minutes we arrive back at  Sgwd Clun Gwyn waterfall and view it from the opposite side of the bank for a different view before returning to the car.

We travel 20 minutes by car to reach Storey Arms at the base of Pen-y-Fan. Here we have our picnic lunch before starting our climb up the mountain.

PART 2

DISTANCE: 5.5 MILES,  ASCENT: 563M, (3-4 hours approx)

This is the easiest way up to the top of the highest mountain in southern Britain, Pen-y-Fan (886m).  The views at the top are superb.  Looking north it is possible to see Brecon, Llangorse Lake, the Black Mountains, the Cambrian Mountains and in the far distance the Malvern Hills. On an exceptional day you can even see Cadair Idris in Snowdonia! Looking south it is possible to see the Bristol Channel, Mumbles Lighthouse in Swansea and even the coast of Devon. On the summit there are also the remains of an iron age cairn. We will also visit the summit of Corn Du, the Brecon Beacons' second highest summit, as we complete our loop back to the car.

Boots Symbol Explained

When booking this tour please also read our Weather page, because it can be affected by bad weather.

Reviews

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS (WALKING TOUR)

"I booked a tour to Pen-y-Fan grade B. However, on that day the weather in the mountains was not that great in the morning, so James suggested to visit a few waterfalls first and then take an easier way to Pen-y-Fan when the weather gets better in the afternoon. It was very nice to have alternative route instead of walking for a few hours in rain and fog. He is a real professional guide who knows a lot about the history of the region and about nature. Very talkative and easygoing, so the tour was very nice and interesting. I definitely recommend it for anyone who wants to visit Brecon Beacons."

Mikhail M., Moscow, Russia
Review was posted to TripAdvisorMarch 2018

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS (WALKING TOUR)

"According to the weather forecast, there won't be much of a scenery on the Pen-Y-Fan Grade B Walk (which I chose for the tour) so the guide, James, suggested an alternative plan (2 Honey Pots Tour) for the day. James is friendly, encouraging and knowledgeable about Brecon Beacons. The tour is at a reasonable price as you are paying for his expertise, transportation (car), packed lunch and interesting insight of the national park. Really enjoyed the experience. It was my first mountain :) Great Tour!"

Amira A., Singapore
Review was posted to Google & Facebook March 2018

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS (WALKING TOUR)

"According to the weather forecast, there won't be much of a scenery on the Pen-Y-Fan Grade B Walk (which I chose for the tour) so the guide, James suggested an alternative plan for the day. James is friendly, encouraging and knowledgeable Brecon Beacons. The tour is at a reasonable price as you are paying for his expertise, transportation (car), packed lunch and interesting insight of the national park. Great Tour!"

Amira A., Cardiff, Wales
Review was posted to TripAdvisorMarch 2018