Friday 27th October
Due to various commitments over the next few months we decided to make a break for it, for a last long weekend for a while.
I’d recently heard about the “4 Waterfalls Walk” in Brecon National Park, Wales, and decided I needed to get some photos of big waterfalls.
We headed out to the Caravan and Motorhome site at Brecon Beacons on Friday for 2 nights with the plan to head to the Angel Inn, Pontneddfechan, on Sunday. That would allow us to do the Waterfalls walk on Monday, in relative solitude (it gets busy at weekends).
The C&M Club site is immaculate, even by their standards…the toilet blocks are simply gleaming. Hats off to the staff there.
On Friday afternoon we walked 15 minutes to the “local” for a pint at the Three Horseshoes but it’s basically a restaurant with no pub atmosphere to speak of. Nice food I hear but I was looking for a log fire and wingback chairs. We drank up and left the diners to dine.
It’s a nice walk along the Brecon and Monmouth canal into Brecon town centre, about 30-40 minutes strolling and not too muddy. We had lunch there on Saturday before a walk back. It’s getting dark so early now that it’s easy to get caught out. Brecon is a nice market town, reminiscent of Devizes nearer to us, also accessed by a canal walk.
After dinner back at Humberto we hit the sack early so we could hit the road early on Sunday.
Sunday 29th October 2017
After a stunning drive over the hills of the Brecon Beacons (on the A470..we didn’t risk anything smaller) we arrived at Pontneddfechan and the Angel Inn pub. The Landlord was in the car park and helped us back in. There was absolutely no issue about staying over the night as long as we used the pub. We were booked in for a meal at 16:30 so all was good.
Any plans of an early pint were scuppered when we found the pub rammed with customers having Sunday lunches. We headed round the corner to the Old White Horse instead.
After a lovely meal at the Angel we headed “home” and wasted time trying to find a TV signal. Strange to have 4G WiFi but no TV signal, it’s usually the other way around.
Monday 30th October 2017
The walk. OK it’s actually only a short walk but we were several miles from the start. We decided to get a Taxi to the start rather than spend 2 hours walking along the road. This proved to be an excellent idea because we arrived back 5 hours later worn out. Read on..
The walk itself is stunning. 4 impressive waterfalls at conveniently spaced intervals, perfect to keep you going. The final falls, at the southern end of the walk, nearest town, is the most impressive, even allowing you to walk behind the curtain of water and get only slightly sprayed. The only issues with the walk itself are the gradients involved and the path surface.
The geography that gives rise to waterfalls also gives rise to some very steep access paths. Some of the ascents/descents have steps cut into the slope but mostly we were treading carefully on mud and rather treacherous rocks. If you have ANY difficulty with steep domestic stars then this is NOT the walk for you, it’s hard work, tricky going and, potentially, quite dangerous if you aren’t confident on steep, rocky ground.
The rewards are worth it though. Try as we might we didn’t break an ankle or fall into any muddy bogs. Instead we were rewarded with superb weather and superb views.
As we staggered back to the Angel Inn at 14:30 we JUST made it for lunch “last orders”. Never has Fish & Chips tasted so good. Once lunch was consumed we walked to Humberto, in the car park, fired him up and headed home. A very enjoyable weekend, highly recommended (especially the Angel Inn for the Waterfalls walk).
Click below for larger images of the weekend.
Here’s a short video of the Waterfalls Walk..