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Brecon Beacons Waterfall Country Walk – Cwm Gwrelych Trail

By Dave Roberts   

on September 23, 2018    No ratings yet.

Brecon Beacons Waterfall Country Walk – Cwm Gwrelych Trail

Further Details

Route Summary:

Walk to the Brecon Beacon’s Waterfall Country’s best kept secret.

Route Start Location: Pontwalby

Distance
Ascent
Time
5.98 km 165 m couple of hours

Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.

Activivity Type: Easy Walk, Trail or Fell Runs

Summits and Places on this Route

Facilities

Pubs, shops and cafes in nearby Glynneath.

 Hazards

Remember that we cannot outline every single hazard on a walk – it’s up to you to be safe and competent. Read up on Mountain Safety , Navigation and what equipment you’ll need.

Parking : SA11 5LU - (Grid Ref - SN 895 067 )

There’s a layby outside the village at SN 895 067 which provides ample parking.

Public Transport:

X55 from Neath or Swansea.

Traveline for UK Public Transport

Recommended Maps

Guidebooks

Brecon Beacons Waterfall Country Walk – Cwm Gwrelych Trail Ordnance Survey Map and GPX File Download

Download file for GPS

Brecon Beacons Waterfall Country Walk – Cwm Gwrelych Trail

Cwm Gwrelych is one of the Brecon Beacons Waterfall Country’s best kept secrets. Located a few kms to the south of Pontarneddfechan, this walk starts from Pontwalby and visits a number of waterfalls along the Nant Gwrelych. Surprisingly, none of the waterfalls along this trail are named on the OS map, despite being quite spectacular.

While they may not be considered part of the traditional Waterfall Country, they’re close enough to be included on your itinerary in the area.

The trail is newly built and way-marked, and while it appears linear, it returns via a slightly different path that’s parallel in places. Other than the waterfalls, Cwm Gwrelych is a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to it’s exceptional geology and has some industrial archaeology to view on the route. As such it’s classed as a “geoheritage trail” and has numerous interpretation boards along it’s length for the interested.

Cwm Gwrelych Trail Walk Route Description

More information on Cwm Gwrelych can be found here.

Dave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader. Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.
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