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Brecon Beacons Waterfall Country Walk- Four Falls Trail to Sgwd yr Eira

By Dave Roberts   

on September 21, 2018    No ratings yet.

Brecon Beacons Waterfall Country Walk- Four Falls Trail to Sgwd yr Eira

Further Details

Route Summary:

Waymarked walk to Sgwd yr Eira and three other named waterfalls in Brecon Beacons’ Waterfall Country

Route Start Location: Gwaun Hepste Car Park

7.23 km 200 m A couple of hours or more if you want to spend time at each of the falls

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


Nearest are in Ystradfellete – which has The New Inn.


Walking behind Sgwd yr Eira is obviously dangerous with the risk of rockfall or slipping into the river – view from a distance!

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 :

Gwaun Hepste Car Park

Public Transport:


Traveline for UK Public Transport

Recommended Maps


Brecon Beacons Waterfall Country Walk- Four Falls Trail to Sgwd yr Eira Ordnance Survey Map and GPX File Download

Download file for GPS

Brecon Beacons Waterfall Country Walk- Four Falls Trail to Sgwd yr Eira

Sgwd yr Eira is one of the most famous falls in the Brecon Beacons’ Waterfall Country. This is a walk to Sgwd yr Eira and 3 of the other well known falls found on the Afon Fellte: Sgŵd y Pannwr, Sgŵd Isaf Clun-gwyn and Sgŵd Clun-gwyn. Sgwd yr Eira is well known as it is one of the few waterfalls in the Brecon Beacons that you can walk behind (with obvious care!) The trail is way-marked from the Gwaun Hepste car park located on a minor road near Ystradfellte. Those wanting to visit the other waterfalls in the area could easily walk to most of the named falls in the area in a day (by walking a number of short walks).

The Four Falls Trail is a named route and is well way-marked, with the metric/imperial problem solved by providing timings to given points. At least timings and how we measure time is one think that isn’t horribly partisan at this point. The first section is a 2km forestry walk, which you’ll also be returning upon. Beyond this the Four Falls Trail takes a loop through the forest and does require a detour from the named path to actually reach any of the falls! You can walk it in any direction, but it makes sense to start with Sgŵd yr Eira and walk it in a clockwise direction, but it can equally be walked in the opposite direction. After Sgwd yr Eira the track heads towards Sgŵd y Pannwr, which is a sizeable detour and we’d suggest following the track nearer the Afon Fellte. The final two, Sgŵd Isaf Clun-gwyn and Sgŵd Clun-gwyn are then found in quick succession just past Sgwd y Panniwr, before following the forestry track back to the car park at Gwaun Hepste.

Four Falls Trail Sgwd yr Eira Walk Route Description

More information can be found at this link.

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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