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Hike along a glacial valley ridge, discovering the best of the Brecon Beacons

For some seriously beautiful views head to the picturesque Talybont Waterfalls. Hike along a glacial valley ridge before descending back down into the valley and cooling off in the waterfall, its pretty fresh! This is a moderately easy hike although at points it is fairly steep.

About The Talybont Waterfalls Seldom can you see so many waterfalls in one area, the water cascades into a glacial valley occupied by the largest reservoir in the Brecon Beacons. This makes for an amazing hiking location with so many awe-inspiring views of the Brecon Beacons. There is a plane wreckage on this route from the 2nd World War. This is a wreckage from 1942 where 5 Canadian airmen were on a training course which took a turn for the worse, it is believed heavy cloud forced the aircraft to descend to 10,000 ft altitude. The aircraft struck the top of the Waun Rydd, killing all those onboard, pretty heart wrenching.

Starting point Follow the postcode CF48 2UT for parking and the starting point for this walk. Stop short of the end destination on the Sat Nav when you reach the Blaen y Glyn Uchaf car park. Parking is free and a bit of a free-for-all so grab a space where you can spot one! The beginning of this hike starts of very steep, after about 20/30 minutes this evens out to a more leisurely walk.


This map shows a visual for the walk. Duration is just over 4 miles, (7km).

The Journey

Lunch Stop

At this point I stopped for a lunch and bevy break, much deserved after the steep climb at the beginning of the walk. And what an absolutely stunning view to enjoy lunch and a drink with.

The Waterfall

This waterfall is located at the starting point/end of your walk. I recommend trying to reacted the Herbal Essences advert here! Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures of myself in the water, but I promise I did actually go in!

Alternative Routes

There are so many amazing areas to explore in the Brecon Beacons. If your after a long day hike check out the Brecon Beacons Horseshoe Ridge walk. Duration is 4-5 hours to hike 9 miles (14km) incorporating the four peaks of Corn Du, Pen y Fan (the highest peak in Southern Britain), Cribyn and Fan y Big.

Starting point for this walk is the same postcode, CF48 2UT. This time follow the postcode until you reach the Taf Fechan Forestry Commission car park. The hike begins as a leisurely walk through country lanes and past the pump house of the Neuadd reservoir. You can see the 4 peaks from this map.

What to wear

Comfy shoes are a must, walking boots with ankle support/ suitable trainers. I would suggest casual sports gear for this climb, definitely avoid jeans and any clothing that restricts your movement.


Pack enough water and snacks to keep you going. Pack small snacks that are easy to eat along the way and give you a burst of energy. Bananas and protein bars are perfect!

Dogs ⁣⁣⁣⁣

Remember to take supplies if your taking your dog, this is pretty strenuous exercise for them to!

For more inspiration on where to go hiking in the UK make sure you check out my other blogs! Subscribe to my newsletter to keep up to date with awesome adventurous outdoor activities in the UK.

Planning a trip to the Brecon Beacons? I would love to see your photos and hear all about your walking routes! Tag/hashtag destinationdowntime. 


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