This walk takes the rambler through woodland and deep-cut gorge to four sublime waterfalls, each one different in character. It’s a challenging four-mile walk, with some steep descents and ascents to the falls. Take a picnic and make a day of it – each waterfall has a place to sit and relax, as well as enjoy a spot of wild swimming.
Start at the car park at Porth yr Ogof and follow the yellow marker, keeping the river on your right. Where the path forks, keep left and follow the edge of the wood. Now follow the green-banded markers to a crossroads and turn right, following the red markers this time downhill. Bear right until you reach the edge of the forest. Take the steps down to Sgwd yr Eira, poetically named ‘The Waterfall of the Snow’. Here, you can walk behind the curtain of the waterfall.
Retrace your steps to the edge of the wood. Turn left and continue to follow the red markers. At a fork, turn left and drop down to the river. Turn left again to view Sgwd yr Pannwr (Fall of the Fuller), then follow the river upstream in the opposite direction to Sgwd Isaf Clun-Gwyn (Lower Waterfall of the Meadow). To reach the most scenic stretch of this waterfall, some scrambling is required – and a chance for more precarious walking behind the curtain of water if you dare.
Retrace your steps downhill, turn left and climb back up to the top of the gorge. Follow the red-banded marker to Sgwd Clun-Gwyn (Fall of the White Meadow), where there’s a fenced-off viewing area. From here, follow the main track back to the car park, retracing your steps.