Wilderness Wales


Ystradfellte Falls

Waterfalls are found throughout the Brecon Beacons, but nowhere in such high a concentration as the Ystradfellte Falls. In fact, this is the highest concentration of decent sized waterfalls in the whole country, and possibly the UK too. It also boasts a number of extensive cave systems.

This area is extremely popular with tourists, and justifiably so. It's rare not to encounter other walkers in the area, no matter what the weather, day of the week or season of the year. In fact, during bad weather is an especially good time to visit. Heavy rain shows the waterfalls at their dramatic best and a long cold spell sometimes results in frozen waterfalls.

There are five rivers in all, two main ones, the Afon Nedd Fechan and the Afon Mellte, each boasting three main falls, as well as cave systems and a gorge further up the valleys. Then there are two main tributaries, the Afon Pyrddin and the Afon Hepste, each boasting two main falls, for a total of ten main falls in the whole area. Additionally there's a fifth river, the Afon Sychryd, often overlooked, which offers a few additional small falls.

Sgwd Clun Gwyn Sgwd Einion Gam Sgwd Gwladus Frozen Sgwd Gwladus
Sgwd Ddwli Sgwd Einion Gam Sgwd Gwladus Sgwd Isaf Clun Gwn
Sgwd Isaf Clun Gwyn Sgwd yr Eira

If you're planning to visit the area, why not check out the website at www.ystradfellte.net for more information?