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Sgwd yr Eira

Nestled within the picturesque expanse of the Brecon Beacons National Park in South Wales, the captivating Sgwd yr Eira stands as a testament to the region's natural splendour. Translating to "waterfall of the snow" in Welsh, this enchanting cascade derives its name from the ethereal spray that resembles delicate snowflakes, particularly during the winter months.

Flowing gracefully along the course of the River Hepste, Sgwd yr Eira distinguishes itself from other waterfalls in the vicinity with a remarkable feature—it offers visitors the rare opportunity to venture behind the veil of water cascading from the cliff above. This distinctive perspective allows adventurers to immerse themselves in the mesmerizing spectacle of the waterfall, offering a truly unparalleled experience that is sure to leave a lasting impression.


Accessing Sgwd yr Eira Waterfall

Accessing Sgwd yr Eira is an adventure in itself, as visitors embark on a scenic journey through verdant woodlands before ascending a steep staircase that leads to the pathway behind the waterfall. The sensation of walking in the shadow of cascading water, feeling its powerful embrace as it tumbles from the cliff's edge, is nothing short of awe-inspiring.

Popular among hikers, photographers, and nature enthusiasts alike, Sgwd yr Eira is a cherished highlight of the Four Waterfalls Walk. This circular route meanders through the park, unveiling the beauty of four of the most magnificent waterfalls in the Brecon Beacons National Park, including the illustrious Sgwd yr Eira.

In summary, Sgwd yr Eira is an essential stop in waterfall country for any visitor to the Brecon Beacons. Its idyllic setting, coupled with its unparalleled beauty and unique allure, ensures that it remains a cherished destination for all who have the privilege of experiencing its wonders firsthand.

Brecon Beacons National Park

The Brecon Beacons National Park is full of things to do - from walking trails up Pen y Fan mountain to the waterfall walk in Pontneddfechan. Come visit and join us for a great day on a guided walking tour of the area. We offer an all 8 waterfalls trek, or a four waterfalls walk, for those after a half day trip.

South Wales Valleys

South Wales is home to some of the best hills and valleys in the country, traditionally known for its coal mining Welsh history in the 1800s. It makes a perfect destination for a holiday with loads of activities to try. Join us on a package holiday in South Wales for amazing activities and fun. In addition, visit Cardiff Bay and its trail path to the barrage, explore Cardiff city centre for shopping and cultural attractions, and learn about the life of Dylan Thomas in Swansea.

Best Car Park to access the Waterfalls

The best car park to see these waterfalls is a private field open over the summer months, the nearest post code is SA11 5US. It costs £5 per car to park and takes 10 minutes to see the first waterfall called Sgwd Clun-Gwyn. The main car parks you can use are Gwaun Hepste car park or Cwm Porth car parks. These car parks are recognised by the national park but take longer to walk to the waterfalls. It costs £7 per car to park here.

Most Dramatic Waterfall

The most dramatic waterfalls in South Wales is definitely the Eira waterfall as you can walk behind it without getting wet in low water conditions, giving great photo opportunities. The river Hepste flows into the river Mellte and down into the river Neath. Fallen trees where the rivers meet enhance the scenery of the beautiful region of this waterfall country.


Other Waterfalls in Waterfall Country

Other waterfalls on the four waterfalls walk are

Elidir Trail 

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