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 Waterfall Walks

Britain has larger and more dramatic waterfalls, but seldom can you see so many falls in such a small area. Talybont is a classic "hanging valley" where water cascades into a glacial valley occupied by the largest reservoir in the Brecon Beacons.

We start our trek from Blaen Y Glyn car park

You are promised some stunning views and they won’t disappoint!

We start by following a path along the river avoiding fallen trees and other things that Mother Nature has put there, until we reach a gully that has to be descended to cross the river, this can be very slippery and deep so caution is paramount.

On the way we encounter many waterfalls (unsurprising given the name of the walk!) as we follow the upstream.

We continue following upstream (with the stream on our left) until we reach some ruins, this is an ideal place for lunch.

We continue upstream until a crossing point and towards a forest.

Now come’s the aching legs!

Walk towards the apparent summit ahead/right, which is the headland of the Craig Fan Du ridge. The path along the ridge is not clear at first but follow its line, moving towards the right hand side of the ridge until you pick up the path proper, which runs along the edge of a cliff. Some sections are marked with cairns and the ridge gradually narrows.

We follow this round until we arrive at the monument and wreckage of  a crashed World War 2 bomber. We will stop here for a break and an opportunity to pay respects and take some stunning photos, a lot of people leave a card or wreath, feel free to do so too.

Now we start to make our way down joining the Waterfall Walk and re-walk the last bit until we get to a crossing point and towards and through a forest.

We cross a cattle grid then onto 3 culverts that empty into a waterfall, we crawl through these!

Then it’s a half mile walk to Torpantau Station, we wade through flood water roughly three feet deep until we get to the tunnel, torches are then taken off of you!

If this is part of Team Building then you will then construct a stretcher to carry through the tunnel, it is 600 meters of pitch darkness!

We will meet you at the other end with a nice cup of hot tea!

Once through we walk a hundred or so meters until we reach a hidden gem of a tunnel on our right, this is two tunnels over each other, its your choice which one you do or you can even do both if you wish, but you have to go through to cross to the final stretch.

Once through the tunnel/s we are in woodland on a steep path, this can be incredibly slippery so caution is paramount!

Negotiating fallen trees on the way down until we reach the bottom, this scramble was only 150 meters but feels like a mile!

At the bottom we reach the road, obvious caution is needed due to traffic, then it’s a fifth of a mile down hill to the car park where we started.

The distance is a little over 10 miles. The ridges we walk are exposed and may be dangerous in stormy weather.

Notes Talybont on Usk - A small village lying alongside the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal and close to the river Usk. It is an ideal point from which to enjoy the canal-side walk. The Talybont reservoir is nearby.

Talybont Reservoir - The largest man-made lake in the Brecon Beacons, this long reservoir is a haven for wildfowl. It fills the centre of what once was the valley of a major glacier.