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!
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.
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.
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
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.