Brecon Beacons Waterfall Country Walk – Cwm Gwrelych Trail
Walk to the Brecon Beacon’s Waterfall Country’s best kept secret.
|5.98 km||165 m||couple of hours|
Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.
Start and Finish: Pontwalby
Pubs, shops and cafes in nearby Glynneath.
X55 from Neath or Swansea.Traveline for UK Public Transport
Parking and Post Code for Sat Nav (where applicable): SA11 5LU - (Grid Ref - SN 895 067 )
There’s a layby outside the village at SN 895 067 which provides ample parking.
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Brecon Beacons Waterfall Country Walk – Cwm Gwrelych Trail Details
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.