Ystradfellte waterfalls: Brecon Beacons National Park four waterfalls walk

On Sunday we did the iconic four waterfalls walk in Ystradfellte, Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales. It was the farthest I’d been from my home since the whole coronavirus pandemic began in March!

The drive was two hours from our house and it was my birthday day out!

9 years ago, just before we had children, Ben had surprised me with a night away in the Brecon Beacons and we did the this very same Ystradfellte waterfalls walk.

It was great to return with the kids and show them this amazing place, make some memories and capture them too in the below photos.

However… it was so busy!

Horribly busy!

Not surprising though considering everyone has been stuck at home for months and now wants to get out!

Plus, most peoples summer holidays abroad will have been cancelled so more people will be exploring the U.K. this year instead, opting for a staycation.

Money might also be tight for a lot of people so they are heading for free UK days out like our lovely U.K. National Parks to save money on travel!

If I’d have known how busy it would be before we went, I’d have gone somewhere else.  I love to get into nature to get away from people, not be surrounded by them!

Luckily we took a different route at the start of our walk, over crazy tree roots and rocky paths, which was really quiet. But after reaching the first waterfall we hit the crowds of people for the rest of the walk.

We did go on a Sunday, so you might have more luck in the summer holidays choosing a weekday instead.  We are both busy with work on weekdays, so could only pick the weekend.  We still had a great time and the waterfalls are so impressive.

The kids were absolute troopers! The Health app on my iPhone said we walked 8.6km. The terrain in places was crazy, even tricky for adults!

At one point we climbed down a steep path filled with tree roots and rocks… when I looked up from the bottom I couldn’t believe we’d climbed down! It didn’t look like a walkable path at all.

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There is plenty of parking for the four waterfalls walk.  We managed to park in the normal car park and pay £4 for the day.  On return we saw how packed it was!  The car park we had parked in was full and an overflow car park for £5 per car had opened.  It must have had at least 50 cars already parked, but still plenty more space.

The Brecon Beacons National Park is free to enter, but you will need to pay a small fee for parking if you wish to use their car parks.

Luckily the car park has a toilet which was very much needed by the kids and me after two hours in the car and also after four hours of walking!

See our photos and my comments below.

Four waterfalls walk photos

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We took the route from the Cwm Porth car park right along the water so it must be the light grey route, over rocky paths and crazy tree trunks and roots. We then joined the Four Falls Trail for a short distance and took the Waterfall Link Paths to see the waterfalls as close up as possible.
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Wear sensible shoes as the paths are slippy and rocky in many places!
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Incredible rock formations!
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The start of our walk was so peaceful. The crowds must have followed the red trail, but we took the path less travelled!
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There are lots of places to stop for a paddle!
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Crazy tree trunk and tree roots path!
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Bella looking cool 🙂
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We didn’t actually cross this bridge, but posed for a photo!
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The first waterfall. There’s quite a drop down!
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The crashing waterfall sound was great to hear
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Bella looking worried with all the rocky cliffs above our heads!
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We just climbed down here! Looking back up, it doesn’t look like a path at all!
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People in the distance going for a dip. The water was lovely and clear
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Water, water, everywhere
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My favourite waterfall of the day!
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Catching a ray of light!
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Me and Reuben having a waterfall moment
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This waterfall is definitely the highlight as it’s possible to walk behind it! It was horribly packed here though, there must be 100 people behind us all wanting a turn to walk under the waterfall.
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It’s crazily noisy here, under the waterfall, and the kids didn’t like it!
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An amazing place to be able to stand!

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Beautiful views as we choose an easier path to head back from the four waterfalls to the car

It was so great to get out of our home county of Gloucestershire for a day, finally!

With the coronavirus pandemic, travel lockdown and restrictions on some of our freedoms, we have decided to mostly concentrate on home improvements for this year.  We have almost completed our home after six years of living here, so it might be finished by the end of this year!

Once done, we’ll be back on the travel wagon.  Until then, I’ll share some of our short trips and days out.

 

More of our adventures in Wales:

Is Barry Island worth a visit?

24 hours exploring Mumbles, Gower, kid-free!

Bluestone National Park Resort twixmas holiday review + Kingdom of the Elves

Brecon Beacons National Park Wales: Pen y Fan and Cribyn mountain walk

Visiting Skenfrith Castle in Wales with kids

Snowdonia National Park with kids – 3 day travel diary & photos – Cadair Idris, Aberdovey, Harlech Castle

My very honest Bluestone review – 3 night Christmas break in Wales

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