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Sgwd Uchaf Clun-Gwyn: A Majestic Waterfall

Nestled within the stunning Brecon Beacons National Park in South Wales, Sgwd Uchaf Clyn Gwyn is a magnificent waterfall with stunning views that captivates visitors along the popular Four Waterfalls Walk. This impressive 40-foot (12-metre) cascade, formed by the Afon Mellte river, plunges over a cliff edge into a serene pool below, surrounded by lush vegetation. It is a perfect spot for photography and relaxation, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the tranquility of nature.


Accessing Sgwd Uchaf Clun-Gwyn

Access to Sgwd Uchaf Clun-Gwyn is straightforward, with a well-marked footpath leading from the nearby car park to a viewing platform at the base of the waterfall, accessible for those with a reasonable level of fitness. While the main forest trail is relatively easy and suitable for most visitors, it can present some challenges, such as steep and slippery sections, particularly after rain, so wear walking boots if in doubt.

Waterfall Car Parking

The best place to park for visiting the waterfalls is a private field open during the summer months, with the nearest postcode being SA11 5US. It costs £5 per car and is a 10-minute walk to the first waterfall, Sgwd Clun-Gwyn. Alternatively, follow the sign to Gwaun Hepste and Cwm Porth car parks, which are recognized by the national park and cost £7 per car.

Four Waterfalls Walk

The Four Waterfalls Walk is a scenic circular route that showcases four of the most breathtaking waterfalls in the Brecon Beacons National Park. Visitors can enjoy stunning vistas, tranquil woodlands, wild life, and the soothing sounds of the Mellte river on a great day out here. The waterfalls along the trail are:

  1. Sgwd Uchaf Clun-Gwyn

  2. Sgwd yr Eira, where visitors can stand behind the cascading water

  3. Sgwd y Pannwr

  4. Sgwd Isaf Clun-Gwyn

Difficulty and Ability Required

The trail varies in difficulty, featuring narrow paths, rough terrain, cliff edges, steep climbs, and pebbled woodland paths. Rain can increase the water flow and make the trail more challenging. There are limited toilet facilities in the area. However, walkers who undertake the lower and upper falls long walk will be rewarded with beautiful views and peaceful picnic spots.


Brecon Beacons National Park

Renamed Bannau Brycheiniog in Welsh, the Brecon Beacons National Park in the UK gained its status in 1957. It offers a diverse landscape of forests, cliffs, rivers, routes, descents, and waterfalls. Visitors can enjoy peaceful walking trails or engage in adrenaline-fuelled activities, ensuring something for everyone.

South Wales - Waterfall Country

Waterfall Country in South Wales, accessible from nearby cities like Cardiff and Swansea, boasts some of the UK's most dramatic waterfalls and mountains. Combine a guided walk with a visit to the market town of Brecon for a great day out. The area features 10 waterfalls, with the largest measuring 80 feet tall. Visitors can explore the main woodland path to Sgwd Uchaf Clun-Gwyn and continue to other waterfalls such as Sgwd yr Eira and Sgwd y Pannwr, culminating at Sgwd Isaf Clun-Gwyn.

Additional Outings

Head to the coast at Porthcawl, or the gentle hills and countryside of the Garth mountain, to enjoy a variety of scenery. To complete your holiday, absorb the rich history of the mining towns in locations including Blaenavon Heritage Centre near Newport, and Rhondda Heritage Park.

Nearby Attractions

In addition to the great outdoors, this region of Wales boasts culture in the nearby city of Cardiff. Events such as free festivals in Bute Park and Cardiff Bay, plus wheelchair accessible routes around Cardiff Barrage, Park Run, dogs friendly venues, book shops, arcades, food and drink in many independent quirky cafes plus the usual chain coffee shops, mean you will find something worth exploring with likeminded people whatever your interests.

Hiking the Trails: Brecon Beacons National Park

The Brecon Beacons National Park, home to Sgwd Ddwli Uchaf, is a paradise for hikers. Offering an array of trails that vary in difficulty, the park caters to a diverse range of hikers, matching trails to their fitness and experience levels. Whether you are a seasoned hiker seeking a challenging trail or a novice looking for a leisurely walk, the park has something to offer everyone.

Guided Walks With Beezra Activities

For a safe and enjoyable adventure, book a guided walk to the waterfalls with Beezra Activities. Visit our website, Four Waterfall Walk | Beezra Activities, to discover a range of adventure ideas for booking over spring, summer, and autumn, from March onwards. Join us for guided walks, canyoning, climbing, caving, and kayaking, whatever your fitness abilities, with or without accommodation. Contact us to map out your ideal getaway with friends and family, and we'll help create a fantastic outdoor experience in Waterfall Country, whatever your abilities.



From the cascading beauty of Sgwd Ddwli Uchaf to the lush landscapes shaped by the River Nedd Fechan, the Brecon Beacons National Park is a testament to the captivating beauty of Wales’ Waterfall Country. It’s not just about the stunning waterfalls; it’s about the journey, the rich biodiversity, the historical significance, and the opportunity to be one with nature.

So, lace up your hiking boots, pack your camera, and set off on an adventure to discover this gem in Wales. Whether you’re enjoying the majesty of Sgwd Ddwli Uchaf, exploring the trails of the Brecon Beacons, or taking a moment to appreciate the flora and fauna, remember to tread lightly and respect the natural beauty around you. After all, it’s in our hands to ensure that the captivating beauty of Sgwd Ddwli Uchaf continues to inspire generations to come.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best time to visit Sgwd Ddwli Uchaf?

The best time to visit Sgwd Ddwli Uchaf is in spring or autumn, with autumn being ideal for photography due to vibrant autumnal colours and fallen leaves.

What should I bring on my waterfall adventure?

For your waterfall adventure, bring waterproof clothing, walking boots, a warm hat, gloves, a rucksack with food and water, and a camera with necessary filters to handle changing weather and capture the experience.

Are there any other waterfalls in the area?

Yes, there are several other waterfalls in the vicinity of Sgwd Ddwli Uchaf, such as Sgwd Clun-Gwyn, Sgwd Isaf Clun-Gwyn, Sgwd y Pannwr, and Sgwd yr Eira.

What is the significance of the River Nedd Fechan?

The River Nedd Fechan holds historical significance as a boundary marker between Brecknockshire and Glamorgan, and was important during the industrial era.

How can I support the conservation efforts in the park?

You can support conservation efforts in the park by following the Countryside Code and the Dog Walking Code, respecting wildlife, staying on marked paths, and properly disposing of litter and waste. These actions help maintain the park's natural beauty and protect its wildlife.


Other waterfalls on the four waterfalls walk are

Elidir Trail 

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