Millie & Suzy

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Caerfanell River Trail and Waterfalls, Brecon Beacons National Park

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Caerfanell Waterfall, Brecon Beacons – July 2016


For this walk we used: Crimson Short Walks Brecon Beacons (Published 2015) Walk 1: Blaen-y-glyn. Distance: 1.5 miles.

We were tired after our morning of walking in the Taf Fechan Forest, but after a picnic lunch we decided to go ahead with the short waterfall trail as we were already so near. We parked at the lower carpark next to the bridge Pont Blaen-y-glyn, and joined the uphill track into the woods.

A huge Pine tree had fallen blocking the way to grotto at the first waterfall, we attempted to climb over and around it, but still didn’t manage to see the magical cave. We continued steeply uphill to view more waterfalls, but they were mostly hidden from view by thick undergrowth. Retracing our steps back to the main path, we met a couple who were lost. They were looking for their car which they had parked in the Upper Blaen-y-glyn carpark. I was fairly sure it was further up the steep path we had just descended and pointed them in that direction. It was the only path they hadn’t tried. I could see how they were confused, as it was a bit of a muddle of pathways.

We dropped down to the bridge over the Caerfanell River, where we got our first sighting of the spectacular Caerfanell Falls. I gathered the pool at the bottom of the waterfall was very full, making the waterfall seem shorter than usual. We made our way carefully over the slippery rocks to get a closer view, before returning to the bridge. A local man talked to us for a while. He had been wild swimming further down the river, and told us there was a stunning walk with a wrecked Canadian plane and a memorial further up beyond the waterfall. Apparently, the Wellington bomber R1645 came down in bad weather, following a routine training flight on 6 July 1942. The twisted dull grey warplane wreckage, lies strewn around the bracken covered hillside below the cairn.

We climbed up a precariously narrow path to the top of the waterfall, before turning back and continuing back down the river-bank. It took us a while to return to the car as there were so many pretty cascades that we kept stopping to look at. It was a wonderful picture as Pont Blaen-y-glyn came into view. This is a walk that I will remember for a long time.

Our Rating: 5/5



Author: Millie

I practice the art of original Japanese Reiki, aspiring to take a more heart centred approach to life. I'm passionate about wellbeing, spirituality and the great outdoors

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