From the mesmerising Four Falls Trail to hidden gems like Sgwd Einion Gam, here is our list of the best waterfalls in the Brecon Beacons.
The Brecon Beacons, also known as Waterfall Country, is home to some of the most stunning waterfalls in Great Britain. From the tallest waterfall in the national park, to the infamous Four Falls Trail, there are so many incredible sites to see.
This mountainous range located in the south of Wales is home to the best waterfalls in the Brecon Beacons. Like something out of a fairytale, nothing beats connecting with nature in the tranquil woodlands where these waterfalls lie.
I love visiting Henryd Falls, the tallest mountain in the Brecon Beacons, or going wild swimming in Lower Ddwli Falls. Whether you want to go for a hike on the Four Falls Trails, discover the remains of a tramway at Afon Sychryd, or discover the Witches Pool at Pwll y Wrach Nature Reserve, there’s something for everyone.
Keep reading to check out our list of the 13 most stunning Brecon Beacons waterfalls. Make sure you mark these on your map when planning your trip to Wales because you’re not going to want to miss out on these!
13 Stunning Waterfalls in the Brecon Beacons
Henrhyd Falls is not only the tallest waterfall in the Brecon Beacons with a 90 foot drop, but it is also one of the most magnificent. Known for its sheer size and beauty, this is a must-see. Walk behind the curtain of water and listen to it roar as the waterfall cascades into the pool below.
Cared for by the National Trust, this waterfall has been the filming site for some of the iconic scenes in Batman: The Dark Knight Rises!
Sgwd yr Eira
Part of the Four Falls Trail and set on top of the Afon Hepste river, this breathtaking waterfall is like something out of a fantasy film. Marvel as the three-pronged waterfall falls off the cliff’s edges.
This is the perfect spot for holiday makers as it is easily reachable from Dinas Rock, the limestone cliff at the edge of the village of Pontneddfechan. Or perhaps you’d prefer a walk through the serene forest on the Penderyn to Sgwd yr Eira Trail?
Lower Ddwli Falls
If you’d like to try waterfall swimming, Lower Ddwli Falls is the choice for you. With several smaller waterfalls along the river, this is the perfect place for a relaxing dip.
Lower Ddwli is a vast open pool where you can try your hand at wild swimming as you’re sprayed by the waterfalls hitting the water’s surface. On a sunny day you may be able to spot a rainbow between the trees.
Afon Sychryd, which is along the 5 mile Sychryd River, is a deep gorge cut into the idyllic landscape. Follow the enchanting woodland path to discover a series of small waterfalls, each cascading into the river.
Located on the outskirts of the National Park, this is a must see for tourists. As you follow the waterfalls you can see the Dinas Silica mines or discover the remains of a tramway.
Located on the north east of the Brecon Trails is Caerfanell Falls, one of the best waterfalls in the Brecon Beacons.
Did you know there are 20 waterfalls along the Upper Caerfanell River! Caerfanell Falls, also known as Blaen y Glyn, is one of the only falls with a name.
Sgwd Einion Gam
Sgwd Einion Gam, also known as The Fall of the Crooked Anvil, is one of the lesser known waterfalls in the Brecon Beacons, so it is a must-see for those of you who like to discover hidden gems. It’s also one of the biggest waterfalls in Wales!
Although difficult to reach, there are few public paths and routes which will lead you to this natural beauty. Swim in the water below where the water cascades over the rocky overhang.
Sgwd Uchaf Clun-Gwyn
Meaning ‘upper fall of the white meadow’, this is often the first waterfall hikers encounter in the Brecon Beacons. This is also part of the Four Falls Trail.
Made up of two waterfalls, Sgwd Uchaf Clun-Gwyn is the upper of the two. The upper falls cascade dramatically into the River Melte and are the taller and more dramatic of the two.
Sgwd Isaf Clun-Gwyn
Sgwd Isaf Clun-Gwyn means ‘lower fall of the white meadow’ and is the second waterfall, just a hundred metres from Sgwd Uchaf Clun-Gwyn.
This waterfall is a series of smaller cascades that enter the river below. Whilst not as tall as their upper falls, they are still magnificent.
Pwll y Wrach Nature Reserve
The 45 acre reserve is named after the ‘Witches Pool’, a dark pool of water which the waterfall flows into. Surrounded by enchanting woodland, you can sometimes see hiding dens that previous visitors have built. Don’t forget to smell the wild garlic.
Pwll y Wrach is located outside the town of Talgarth, so you can pop over to Talgarth Mill to see a working mill. Why not pop into the bakery to grab some treats for your waterfall picnic?
Sgwd y Pannwr
Sgwyd y Pannwr is the last waterfall on the Brecon Beacons Waterfall Walk and is located on the Melte River. You can get super close to this waterfall so it’s perfect for those of you who crave a little adventure.
The waterfall has three distinct falls that all lead to a gorgeous pool of water. It really is like something out of a fairytale!
Despite being small, Blaen-y-Glyn is definitely worth a visit. The waterfall is made from a series of small cascades.
This is a small walk but is known for its steep terrain so it’s not for beginners. Enjoy the circular walk as you take in Blaen-y-glyn and the landscape that surrounds it. It’s definitely advisable to go in the summer when the path is dry.
Located along the Elidir Trail is this gorgeous waterfall. The name Gwladys is said to have originated from one of the daughters of Brychan, the 5th-century King of Brycheiniog.
The walk follows the path horse-drawn carts once took to get to the silica rock mines and ends at the gorgeous Sgwd Gwladys falls. This is one of the shorter Brecon Beacon waterfall walks so it is perfect for beginners.
Nant Sere Waterfalls
Rounding up our list of waterfalls in the Brecon Beacons is Nant Sere, one of the hidden gems of the national park. Whether you like the serene walks, gorgeous waterfalls, or wild swimming, there’s something for everyone here.
The waterfall cascades over mossy edges into the pools below, which is perfect for a cold dip! You can even stand underneath the waterfall or journey into the second, deeper pool to submerge yourself.
Before you head on your Welsh waterfalls trip, check out our post on the best time to visit Wales, or read more fun facts about Wales before your visit!
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