Sgwd Wen waterfall walk

Including the often overlooked Sgwd Wen.

Ability requirements (key)


From Cardiff, take the A470 to Brecon. From Brecon, take the second turnoff at the roundabout, along the A40 to Llandovery. From Llandovery, turn right on the A483 towards Builth Wells. After passing the Powys county sign, then the entrance to the Esgair Dafydd forestry area, there are two lay-bys. About half a mile after passing those, take the next left onto a country lane. Turn right at the next junction. The walk starts at the next farm on the left, Ty'n-y-maes, and you may need to park on their driveway. SN 8628 4562.


It is essential that you ask at the farm for permission to visit the waterfall - the owner is extremely welcoming, and is unlikely to refuse access, but you may have to locate him in one of his fields first. Once you have your permission, head through the farmyard, and pick up the gated track leading out the far end. Follow it as it swings right, and starts to climb steeply. When a grassy track heads over to the left towards the stream, take it to the stream, then continue upstream to reach the waterfall. It is in three sections, and depending on the state of foliage and fallen trees, you may need to carefully ascend the right side of it to reach the upper sections.

There is no public right of way for any of this walk, and there is no further right of way leading from the end of the track. As a result, I have no useful suggestions for how to extend the walk.


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Whilst every care has been taken in the compilation of this description, neither the author nor his fellow walkers can accept responsibility for loss or injury arising from any errors, omissions or inaccuracies in this description. This description is intended as a guide only, and you should select a route to suit your own abilities, at your own discretion. Ability requirements are a guide only. Route maps are approximated. You follow this description at your own risk.