When we found out that Tom’s job was taking him to Cardiff, I started researching weekend activities in the local area, including the Breacon Beacons. Unfortunately my grand plans for Welsh adventure usually turned into a weekend at parkrun, shopping, swimming or hiding from the rain.
But this weekend the sun was out in full force in Wales, and we took full advantage, finally tackling the Four Falls Walk in the Breacon Beacons.
Just on the edge of the National Park, it’s about an hour drive from Cardiff to the lay-by where this walk starts. Although the trail itself is fairly well signposted, the start isn’t and you just have to hope that you’re abandoning your car in the right place. The people in the Waterfall Centre shop will suggest that you need a map for this walk – you don’t, but do take a photo of the route on your phone before setting off. The walk is free, as is parking the lay-by, although you may have to pay to park in the other car parks.
The first fall, Sgwd Clun-Gwyn, is one of the most impressive on the walk. You can walk right above the fall or along the ledge to sit next to it quite easily.
Before we left, I spoke to my Mum on the phone who said ‘don’t mess about by the falls’. Firstly, are we 10? Secondly, does it count as messing about by the falls if you clamber about on the rocks?
We then walked around the main path towards the fourth and biggest of the falls; Swgd yr Eira. This one was the busiest with people enjoying their picnics along the water – sadly we didn’t think to bring a picnic with us so had to settle for a nibble of some Dime Cadburys and water.
As you can see you can walk behind this fall, although there were signposts (that we saw afterwards) telling people not to loiter under the fall due to risk of falling rocks. It was a little slippery getting there, and it quickly became crowded, with a line of people trying to get in and out. Although I think the walk was busier than normal due to the amazing weather, I didn’t love the crowds under there.
After ticking the two largest falls off the list, we followed the green route round to see the last two falls; Sgwd y Pannwr and Sgwd Isaf Clun-Gwyn.
The whole walk is about 5.5 miles, and according to the map should take 3-4 hours. It took us just under 3 hours round trip, including pit stops at each fall. It says that the walk is pretty flat, however there are plenty of steps up and down to the waterfalls. We were starving by the time we made it back to the car so found the closest pub selling food and stopped there. In true country style, there was no menu, only the choice of chicken, beef or lamb. Our lunch was actually really tasty, and definitely well earned.
My top tips for this walk – wear trail shoes or boots (my trainers were a little slippery), bring water and snacks, wear bug repellant (both Tom and I are covered in small itchy bites!)