Welsh Walks - Some Beautiful Walks in Wales

A 5 mile walk at Cwm Rhaeadr in Carmarthenshire, Wales

This is my first ever drone video after having it for 48 hours; some of the drone footage is a tad basic. Hopefully I shall polish my skills a bit over the coming months! Enjoy the walk.

Walk Description

This is a 5 mile walk that starts at Cwm Rhaeadr in Carmarthenshire, Wales - approximately a mile or so north of the village of Cil-y-Cwm. It can be extended into a longer walk by contiuing up to the standing stone on Mynydd Mallaen or by walking to the foot of the waterfall in the forest. You can see the Ordnance Survey map here

The walks is a moderate walk that starts at the car park at Cwm Rhaeadr near Llandovery. Park in the forest car park and walk back to the road turn right and follow the road for several hundred meters going past some cottages in a dip, After rising back up past the cottages you will see a wooden gate with a track beyond. Turn up the track and follow it up, there are wonderful views of the Brecon Beacons as you ascend.

At the end of the track is a metal gate which gives access to the open land on the mountain. As you go through the gate turn right and (after an initial zig zag) find the track that goes up the mountain. The track continues up until you reach a plateau on top. At this point you need to navigate carefully in roughly a north direction. It can be disorientating up on top; but you are aiming for a point behind the waterfall at Craig Ddu. Also be aware of the cliff edge near the waterfall especially in bad weather. This area can be muddy in wet weather.

Walk down to the stream, Nant y Rhaeadr, that feeds the waterfall and cross it carefully via the large stepping stones taking care as they are often slippery. This is a good spot to stop for a break on the rocks that are just behind the waterfall. The views are magnificent.

After enjoying the view continue up the path on the other side in almost a northerly direction until you meet the footpath heading south east that brings you to the back of the forest. Find the small gate into the forest, cross the mountain bike track and walk down to the forest trac. Turn left here then descend down the forest track bearing left at the first junction then swinging right at the second. This will bring you back to the car park where you started.


The map below shows you the route of this walk. Bing Maps is a useful resource for Ordnance Survey maps and you can see the wider area here

Please ensure that you are properly equipped for the ground conditions and weather. The information on this site is given in good faith and was accurate at the time of writing but you are responsible for your own safety when out walking. We accept no liability for anyone doing anything stupid!

Cwm Rhaeadr