Walk the Sychryd Cascades and Sgwd Yr Eira Trail
Walk to Sgwd yr Eira from Pontneddfechan in the heart of Waterfall Country
|6.5 km||234 m||couple of hours|
Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.
Start and Finish: Pontnedd fechan 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.
Occasional buses from Neath and Swansea – 55.Traveline for UK Public Transport
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Walk the Sychryd Cascades and Sgwd Yr Eira Trail Details
This walk from Pontneddfechan in Brecon Beacon’s Waterfall Country, takes you first along the Afon Sychryd and it’s Cascades before heading off to view the more famous Sgwd Yr Eira. The path is easy to follow and clearly way-marked and includes a number of points of interest along the length as well as a set of downloadable MP3 files that you can listen to at specified points in order to learn more about the walk. This includes the steep limestone crags at Craig y Ddinas and Bwa Maen, with the former towering 45m high. It is no surprise that this was the location of an Iron Age hillfort.
There are also links to the industrial revolution along the route, with an old gunpowder work and a silica mine. The gunpowder was made with charcoal from the forest and powered by the river, while the silica mine created heat resistant bricks for blast furnaces.
The highlight of the walk is Sgwd yr Eira, one of the few waterfalls you can walk behind. There is an actual path here, with the name Sgwd yr Eira translating to the Snow Waterfalls – which is what it looks like when you’re under the falls and looking out. The route then returns the same way – with the distance above for the full walk out an back again.
However, if you wanted a longer walk, you could easily tag on the Four Falls Walk to the end of this walk, and then returning the same way. That adds the waterfalls of Sgwd y Pannwr, Sgwd Isaf Clun-gwyn and Sgwd Clun-gwyn.
Sychryd Cascades and the Sgwd Yr Eira Trail Route Description
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