One of the joys of the Brecon Beacons are its waterfalls. They are spread thoughout the park and during periods of high rain they can turn into raging torrents yet on other days they become tranquil slow moving cascades. The most popular area is known as the 4 waterfalls walk but there are many other lesser known ones with equal charm but a lot less people!
Waterfall Country, known in Welsh as Coed-y-Rhaeadr (Wood of the Water), lies within the triangle formed by the villages of Hirwaun, Ystradfellte, and Pontneddfechan and on the rivers Mellte, Hepste, Pyrddin and Nedd-Fechan, tributaries of the River Neath. Here, old red sandstone and a long belt of outcrop limestone have created a highly distinctive environment of wooded gorges, caves, swallow holes and waterfalls.
The area contains two Sites of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation with fine specimens of sessile oak and ash trees and over 200 species of mosses, liverworts, and ferns. It is also of historical significance, as it contains the legacy of man’s attempts to make a living from this landscape. It receives around 300,000 visitors a year, including walkers, outdoor groups, photographers, climbers, cavers and canoeists.
The most famous waterfall is Sgwd-y-Eira, the Snow Waterfall, on the River Hepste, where a natural path leads right behind the curtain of water.
There are many trails to follow including the circular walk taking in the 4 waterfalls walk which takes about 3-4 hours without rushing.