A walk to Sgwd Gwladus and a number of other spectacular waterfalls in Waterfall Country on the Elidir Trail
|4 km||149 m||couple of hours|
Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.
Start and Finish: Pontneddfechan to Pont Felin Faen
Number of pubs in Pontneddfechan – with the walk starting directly next to The Angel Inn. There’s a cafe and a couple of other pubs – The Old White Horse Inn and the Dinas Inn.
Waterfalls can be dangerous – so take care if you go off path. When in spate, you should take extra care and avoid venturing off officially marked tracks.
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Brecon Beacons Waterfall Country Walk – Elidir Trail Sgwd Gwladus Walk Route Map and GPX Download
Summits and Places on this Route
- Walk the Sychryd Cascades and Sgwd Yr Eira Trail - 1.0km
- Brecon Beacons Waterfall Country Walk – Cwm Gwrelych Trail - 1.5km
- Brecon Beacons Waterfall Country Walk- Four Falls Trail to Sgwd yr Eira - 5.8km
- Sgwd Henrhyd Falls and Nant Llech Walk - 6.5km
- Walk up the Cribarth Ridge from Abercraf - 9.2km
- Brecon Beacons Waterfall Country Walk – Melincourt Falls Walk - 9.8km
- Pen y Fan and Corn Du Brecon Beacons Walk - 14.4km
- Walk up Fan Frynych and Craig Cerrig Gleision - 14.9km
Pubs and Cafes Nearby:
Brecon Beacons Waterfall Country Walk – Elidir Trail Sgwd Gwladus Walk Details
Sgwd Gwladus is one of the few waterfalls you can walk behind (though it’s probably not recommended – take care!) and one of the most famous waterfalls in the Brecon Beacons Waterfall Country. This walk up the Afon Pyrddin and Nedd Fechan takes in the watefalls of Sgwd Gwladus and Sgwd Einon Gam (which is off the waymarked trail and harder to reach) on the former and a series of waterfalls on the latter – Sgwd-y-Bedol, Sgwd Ddwli Isaf and Sgwd Ddwli Uchaf.
This easy walk follows a really good track, waymarked from the start, with an obvious iron gate denoting Waterfall Country and a time marked signpost stating the time to Sgwd Gwladus. The linear walk takes you first to Sgwd Gwladus which is 6m high (sometimes exaggerated to 15 metres, as is seemingly the case with all waterfalls!) The 26m high Sgwd Einon Gam waterfall requires some difficult walking along the river to reach and would be a tricky proposition when the river is in full flow and the waterfalls at their best. Sgwd Einon Gam is the second highest single drop waterfall in South Wales, the highest being Sgwd Henrhyd.
The Elidir Trail then continues on to Pont Melin-faen. You have the option of walking back the same way (probably the best option) or taking one of the country lanes back to the start. The distance given above is for following the walk out an back.
You can also follow the trail on Google Street View to Sgwd Gwladus and beyond, but while it gives you an idea of the walk the actual view of the waterfall is disappointing.
Elidir Trail to Sgwd Gwladus Route Description
More information is available at this link including an mp3 walk description.