Two Waterfall Trail from Cwm Porth

Two Waterfall Trail from Cwm Porth

Before we headed to Wales, I asked on social media if anyone had any tips for places to visit. One suggestion that caught my eye was the waterfalls near Ystradfellte. I did a little research and came across the ‘Four Falls Walk’. There are several variations on this walk and the trail can start and finish at either Cwm Porth (CF44 9JE) or Gwaun Hepste (CF44 9JB)  car parks (those postcodes are very approximate, but easy to find off the A4059). Both cost £4 to park all day. If you need to, you can get change for the machine at Cwm Porth, there are also toilets and an information point there. I had originally planned to park at Gwaun Hepste and do the full four waterfall trail, however we needed change so we headed to Cwm Porth. I also thought that we should stick to a shorter walk for Finn’s sake, so we cut the original trail a little.

Here is the route we did, taking in two of the falls, Sgwd Clun-gwyn and Sgwd yr Eira, and covering just under 4 miles.

It was mostly flat, apart from the short, steep walk down to Sgwd yr Eira, and on well marked paths. Once again we were blessed with perfect weather for walking as it was sunny and clear with a cool breeze.

If you go out of the main car park entrance, you will see the path to Sgwd Clun-Gwyn is marked. From then on you can follow the signs as the way to each waterfall is marked, plus on the way back there were clear signs to both car parks. So great weather, easy to navigate and gorgeous scenery. This was pretty much a perfect walk!

Here’s  a few photos to illustrate just how lovely it was.


We followed the river towards the first waterfall, Sgwd Clun-gwyn


Sgwd Clun-gwyn

We then followed the track to our second fall.


It was a steep walk down to Sgwd yr Eira, but it was worth it. We even had the place to ourselves


The rocks are slippy, but it is possible to walk behind the waterfall

Here’s a look behind the fall, without having to brave the rocks!

What do you think of our walk? Have you ever walked behind a waterfall?




  • Brooke of Passport Couture Brooke of Passport Couture April 25, at 21:57

    I’ve always wanted to visit the Four Walls Walk since my first visit to the United Kingdom several years ago! I’m so thrilled you had this experience and seeing your photos reminds me of why I wanted to see this in the first place. It looks incredibly beautiful and your post has inspired me to make sure I see this someday!

  • Packing my Suitcase Packing my Suitcase April 26, at 07:46

    Stunning!! I love waterfalls, but I have to say that it has been a while since I last saw one. And I never waked behind one 😀 beautiful, beautiful walk!

    Thank you for sharing your hike on #MondayEscapes 🙂

  • bevchen bevchen April 26, at 08:21

    Gorgeous photos! I love waterfalls – how cool to be able to walk behind one 🙂


  • Rosie (@greenrosielife) Rosie (@greenrosielife) April 26, at 20:35

    I have walked behind a waterfall and I remember getting really wet! I think it was in Wales on a school field trip far too many years ago to remember all the details!

  • afamilydayout afamilydayout April 28, at 22:10

    That’s a fabulous walk. We explored the waterfalls when we were in Brecon Beacons last year so your photos bought back good memories.#Mondayescapes

    • TheHelpfulHiker TheHelpfulHiker April 29, at 06:29

      It’s such a beautiful part of the world. It was our first visit but we’re definitely going back!

  • What a gorgeous liking walk! Definitely worth asking social media for suggestions 🙂 #MondayEscapes

  • Our Seaside Baby Our Seaside Baby May 19, at 19:06

    The walk looks lovely, beautiful photographs. I have walked behind a waterfall abroad but that was many years ago. I haven’t explored Wales so one to put on the list. Thanks for joining in with #MyFavouriteTrip Polly x

  • Katy Katy February 15, at 21:53

    I’ve walked behind that one several times, but I don’t think I’ve ever had the place to myself! Lucky you 🙂

    • The Helpful Hiker The Helpful Hiker February 18, at 07:28

      It’s a beautiful place, we often go out midweek so sometimes get places to ourselves, especially out of season-we’re making the most of it until Finn starts school!

  • Gavin Evans Gavin Evans November 22, at 18:29

    Hi Lauren, we headed to the Brecon Beacons National Park and enjoyed this very walk just a few weeks back. The weather was awful at times which put a bit of a dampener on things (literally) but we most definitely appreciated the beauty of the place. Thankfully, we managed to get all four waterfalls into our hike. We will definitely be heading back there for a second look at it when hopefully the weather will be a little kinder. Would recommend the walk to everyone though!

    • The Helpful Hiker The Helpful Hiker November 23, at 08:39

      It’s a beautiful place isn’t it? I’d like to go back too and hopefully see them all. Glad you enjoyed it, hope you get better weather next time!

  • Isabel Isabel December 12, at 20:01

    Oh this looks fabulous, love your waterfall pictures, wow! #adventurecalling

  • Brandy - Kid Allergy Travel Brandy - Kid Allergy Travel December 12, at 20:52

    I have never been to this location but it is absolutely gorgeous and is a must do the next time our family crosses the pond! The description of the hike are so detailed, thank you! #adventurecalling

  • Lauren Lauren December 13, at 10:44

    Your photos are gorgeous. I’d love to walk behind a waterfall. It looks really magical. It’s actually given me an idea to write down a list of things to try and experience in 2019. – like New Year’s Adventurlutions.

  • Kate Lewis Kate Lewis December 13, at 15:45

    That looks awesome – Funny enough I had a look at what waterfalls were near me (not many :-() but will take another look and see if I can go find one – won’t be as dramatic as yours but will be the thrill of the chase! #adventurecalling

  • Emma Hip2trek Emma Hip2trek December 15, at 11:14

    Oh this looks to be a gorgeous walk, I love waterfalls. Easy navigation and gorgeous scenery does sound like a perfect recipe. There’s a few waterfalls near us but we would never get them all to ourselves! #adventurecalling


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