Waterfall Country

Up to 12 Waterfalls (including three you can walk behind!)

We offer two different Waterfall Country walks. The first 'All Three Walk Behinds' is three separate walks linked by short car journeys. It features eight waterfalls including all three that you can walk behind . The second 'All the Falls' is a longer version, which includes an additional four waterfalls and comprises of two walks linked by a car journey.

Waterfall Country (A): All Three Walk Behinds 

TOTAL DISTANCE: 6.6 MILES, TOTAL ASCENT: 312M
(Part 1: 0.6 miles, Ascent 26 m), (Part 2: 3 miles, Ascent 126m), (Part 3: 3 miles, Ascent 160m)
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)

£59 PER PERSON

(Based on 2 people, price is reduced with more people. We will run the tour with only one person for £89. Full pricing info is on our Booking and Prices page)

These waterfalls are one of the real jewels in the crown of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Waterfall Country walking tours can be done in all weather conditions - in fact, heavy rain makes the falls flow even more spectacularly. These tours are also wonderfully refreshing on a hot summer's day when it is also possible to swim in some of the pools. 

Behind Henrhyd Waterfall
Behind Henrhyd Waterfall
Behind Sgwd Gwladys
Behind Sgwd Gwladys (The Lady's Fall)
Stepping stones at Sgwd Gwladys (The Lady's Fall)
Behind Sgwd yr Eira waterfall.
Behind Sgwd yr Eira waterfall.

ROUTE MAP

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Route

Part 1

0.6 miles, Ascent 26 m

The tour starts at Sgwd Henrhyd, which has a short but steep walk there and back. This waterfall is the highest in the Brecon Beacons and it is possible to walk behind it. The waterfall is famous for being filmed as the entrance to the 'batcave' in one of the Batman movies. It is also the discovery site of a fossil tree trunk that now lies outside Swansea Museum. The fossil was found by William Logan who later went on to have the highest mountain in Canada named after him.

Part 2

3 miles, Ascent 126m

We then move on by car to Pont Melin Fach. After just 5 minutes we pass a small, nameless yet pretty, waterfall. 10 minutes later we arrive at the impressive Upper Sgwd Ddwli, which appropriately means 'The Upper Gushing Falls'. From here it is only another 10 minutes to the 'Lower Gushing Falls' but we will get a better view of them on our return. After 10 more minutes we reach Sgwd y Bedol / 'The Heart Shaped Waterfall' and on a hot summer's day the pool in front of it is a great place for a refreshing dip! The path then continues on to Sgwd Gwladys / 'The Lady's Fall'.  It is possible to walk behind this waterfall using boulders as stepping stones. We the climb above the waterfall to look down on toit. We then re-trace our footsteps back to the 'Heart Shaped Waterfall'. From there, if the water level allows and you are feeling adventurous, it is possible to walk along the river bed to the 'Lower Gushing Fall' for a close-up and spectacular view which is followed by a short scramble back to main path. Once we arrive back at the car, we stop for our picnic lunch. The vehicle then relocates for the third stage of the walk.

Part 3

3 miles, Ascent 160m

We walk for 15 minutes to reach the first waterfall Sgwd Clun-Gwyn / 'The Fall of the White Meadow'. From here it is a further 30 minutes to reach the most celebrated waterfall in the Brecon Beacons: Sgwd yr Erira / 'The Fall of Snow'. This waterfall is so magical because it is possible to walk behind and watch the water cascading down. The path then climbs a long stair case with large steps before getting back to level ground and the path back to the car park.

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Waterfall Country (B): All the Falls

DISTANCE: 9.1 MILES, ASCENT: 582m
(Part 1: 0.6 miles, Ascent 26 m), (Part 2: 8.5 miles, Ascent 556m)
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)

£59 PER PERSON

(Based on 2 people, price is reduced with more people. We will run the tour with only one person for £89. Full pricing info is on our Booking and Prices page)

This is the classic Waterfall Country walk, taking in all the best waterfalls, including  the highest Sgwd Henrhyd, which is visited on a separate short walk using a car, because it is away from the main waterfall cluster. The walk feels longer than the distance suggests because the paths are uneven and sometimes muddy and slippery. If you want to see the waterfalls in one single, satisfying walk, then this is your choice. On this walk you will see four waterfalls not featured on Waterfall Country (A) these include Sgwd y Pannwr, Lower Cilhepste Falls and Sgydau Sychryd.  The tour also features Bwa Maen (a geological fold), Dinas Rock (where King Arthur's army lies sleeping) and the old gunpowder works.

Sgwd Gwladys
Sgwd Gwladys
Walking along the river bed of the RiverNeath to the Lower Gushing Falls / Sgwd Ddwli Isaf
Sgwd Ddwli Uchaf (Upper Gushing Falls)
A very full Sgwd Clun Gwyn (Falls of the White Meadow)
Sgwd Clun Gwyn Isaf (Lower Falls of the White Meadow)
Walking on from having been behind Sgwd yr Eira
Continuing on the way after having walked behind Sgwd yr Eira
Tram rails that used to ascend Sgwd Sychryd to reach silica mines

Route

PART 1

0.6 miles, Ascent 26 m

The tour starts at Sgwd Henrhyd, which has a short but steep walk there and back. This waterfall is the highest in the Brecon Beacons and it is possible to walk behind it. The waterfall is famous for being filmed as the entrance to the 'batcave' in one of the Batman movies. It is also the discovery site of a fossil tree trunk that now lies outside Swansea Museum. The fossil was found by William Logan who later went on to have the highest mountain in Canada named after him.

PART 2

8.5 miles, Ascent 556 m

The walk starts in the village of Pontneddfechan which lies on the boundary of the historic counties of Glamorgan and Brecknockshire. The walk starts by passing a large outcrop of the 'Farewell Rock' which is a layer of rock that lies beneath the South Wales Coal measures. We then pass some beautiful fossil trees in an overhanging ledge. The path at this stage is wide an easy and was a former tram road for a silica mine in the valley. Soon we pass the abandoned adit of the mine. Sandstones rich in quartz were mined in this area and then crushed to produce fire bricks or 'Dinas' bricks which were used to line furnaces.

After a while further we reach the first waterfall Sgwd Gwladys/'The Lady's Fall'.  It is possible to walk behind this waterfall using boulders as stepping stones. We then climb above the waterfall to look down on it. We then continue up the gorge to Sgwd y Bedol/the 'Heart Shaped Waterfall'. From there, if the water level allows and you are feeling adventurous, it is possible to walk along the river bed to the 'Lower Gushing Fall' for a close-up and spectacular view which is followed by a short scramble back to the main path. 10 minutes later we arrive at the impressive Upper Sgwd Ddwli, which appropriately means 'The Upper Gushing Falls'.  About 10 minutes further on is a small nameless waterfall and 5 minutes after this is a beautiful meadow with picnic tables where we will eat our lunch. This place is called Pont Melin Fach.

After Pont Melin Fach we leave the River Neath which we have been following since the start of our walk and cut through the fields via footpaths, followed by a short section on a minor road and again on a footpath to reach the next cluster of waterfalls which flow over the River Mellte.

Our first waterfall in this valley is Sgwd Clun Gwyn which means the 'Fall of the White Meadow'. From  here we follow the the river on a narrow path on the side of the gorge to reach Sgwd Clun Gwn Isaf/'The Lower Falls of the White Meadow'. These falls are in fact a whole series of waterfalls and are amongst the most spectacular in Wales. To see these falls we climb down a steep path from waterfall to waterfall. At the base of the falls, the path is much flatter and follows a boardwalk above the mud to reach Sgwd y Pannwr /'The Fall of the Fuller'. From here, we pass through woodland on a narrow and muddy path to eventually reach the Lower Cilhepste Falls. From these falls, it is only a short distance to the most celebrated waterfall in the Brecon Beacons: Sgwd yr Erira / 'The Fall of Snow'. This waterfall is so magical because it is possible to walk behind and watch the water cascading down.

After passing behind Sgwd yr Eira we climb up the other side of the Hepste gorge and reach the ruins of an abandoned farm. From here he cut down to the river again and see another small, unnamed waterfall. From here we follow the river on a small path to reach the ruins of an old gunpowder works. From here, the path continues until we reach Dinas Rock. This rock is an impressive buttress of limestone that has also been modified by quarrying. There was probably an Iron Age fort on its summit, and legend says King Arthur's Army lies sleeping in a cave within it, ready to be called when Britain needs them again. A short distance around the corner from Dinas Rock is the spectacular Bwa Maen/'The Stone Bow' fold. This impressive geological feature shows layers of rock crumpled up into a great fold. Also at this site we can see fossil corals, the Neath Disturbance fault, the entrance to caves, the route of an old tramway and our final waterfall, Sgwd Sychryd. From here it is a short walk through the village of Ponteneddfechan, which conveniently has two pubs, back to our vehicle!

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

Reviews

WATERFALL COUNTRY A (WALKING TOUR)

"A group of us went with James on a hike to see the best waterfalls. It was a beautiful walk. Very well organised. James was lovely - very informative and had lots of interesting stories! The walk wasn't difficult at all. Would definitely recommend it to anyone"

@Teamfafa, Lithuania
Review was posted to TripAdvisorNovember 2018

WATERFALL COUNTRY A (WALKING TOUR)

"Wow! From start to finish we had a stunning day. We were fortunate enough to have both James & Abby on our tour. Both were very knowledgeable & used every day language insuring that we had full understanding of all that was being said. Throughout our waterfalls tour both James & Abby made us feel as if we were touring with long established friends because along with imparting information, our tour was liberally sprinkled with laughter. If you are thinking of visiting the Brecon Beacons I have no hesitation in highly recommending this tour."

Joi F., Jamaica
Review was posted to TripAdvisorApril 2018

WATERFALL COUNTRY A (WALKING TOUR)

"Simply the best better than all the rest. A special thank you to James and Abby for going above and beyond to ensure every element of our Brecon Beacon waterfalls tour were tailored to our needs, from being picked up at our hotel at 9.30am to dropping off at 6pm. We captured so much of the beauty of the Brecon Beacon in that, plus with the ultimate knowledge of James and Abby made it awesome. Oh that delicious picnic... I forgot how nice a good Welsh cake can be... By the way James I now have a passion for geology. THE BEST BRECON BEACONS TOUR COMPANY. Thanks again, Verona"

Verona F., London, England
Review was posted to TripAdvisorApril 2018

WATERFALL COUNTRY A (WALKING TOUR) & THE ABERGAVENNY TRIO (WALKING TOUR)

"Really enjoyed my past two days of guided walks (All 3 Walk Behinds & Black Mountains) with James! He was very knowledgable about the area, and I learned so much more than I would have if I had come alone. He was great at recommending changes in the itinerary when the weather wasn't cooperating, and I am very pleased with all of the mountaintop views and (12!!!) waterfalls I got to see! What a great adventure I stumbled across! Thank you again!"

Hannah H., Kentucky, USA
Review was posted to TripAdvisor,& Facebook December 2017

WATERFALL COUNTRY B (WALKING TOUR)

"My sister found this activity while we were looking for activities close to the B&B we were staying at, for a weekender in the Brecon Beacons region of Wales). We were looking to do some hiking in the area, and the idea of having someone take us on a guided hike, rather than relying on our own limited navigational abilities, as well as telling us about the history and geology of the area, seemed ideal. Out of the options available, we chose the day hike through waterfall country. We were collected by James at the B&B at a very respectable 9.30am, and took a spectacular, scenic route through the park to arrive at our jumping off point. What can I tell you.... the weather was marvelous, the locations were spectacular, and the guide was great! Get beyond the history and the geology, and you have an individual who clearly loves what he's telling you about; the people, the history and the land. The pace he set was exactly the pace we wanted, and there was a bonus of a pub stop a few miles from the end to refuel flagging leg muscles. Lunch was prepared in advance by his very understanding partner, and there was no shortage of treats! Be aware that this walk will last most of the day, and is approximately 11 miles in length, however there are shorter options available. The route is sometimes muddy underfoot (this is waterfall country after all), and is at an intermediate level with a fair amount of rough terrain. His unique selling point is his desire to take you to all the best places, while trying to avoid the main routes and other tourists. Goal achieved. We had a great time with a knowledgeable and humorous individual - thank you James, for your knowledge, enthusiasm and fun! Highly recommended :)"

Paula K., Hampshire, England
Review was posted to TripAdvisorJune 2017