Pen-y-Fan and Sgwd yr Eira in a single day

Many people would agree that the two most amazing places to be standing in the Brecon Beacons National Park are: 1 - The summit of Pen-y-Fan, the highest mountain in southern Britain, and 2 - Behind the plummeting cascade of Sgwd yr Eira waterfall. Both locations require walking to get to, but if you are relatively fit and able to walk for approximately 5.5 hours you can be in both iconic locations in a single day.

'The Two HoneyPots' - Walking Tour (Grade C)

DISTANCE: 8.5 MILES,  ASCENT: 723 Metres

£56 per person if 2 participants, click here for full price information and how to book
Includes a picnic lunch and expert guiding by a Mountain Leader and Geologist
Pick up and return from Abergavenny station or your local accommodation (depending on location)
A composite of the 'Two Honey-pots' Pen-y-Fan Mountain and Sgwd yr Eira waterfall.
A very full Sgwd Clun Gwyn (The Fall of the White Meadow)
Behind Sgwd yr Eira waterfall
The view of Corn Du from Pen-y-Fan
The view of Pen-Fan from Corn Du

Route Maps

Part 1

3 miles (2 hour approx) walk to Sgwd yr Eira Waterfall
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Part 2

5.5 miles (3-4 hours approx) ascent of Pen-y-Fan mountain
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ROUTE

PART 1

DISTANCE: 3 MILES,   ASCENT: 160 metres

We walk for about 15 minutes to reach our first stop  Sgwd Clun Gwyn waterfall, also called 'The Fall of the White Meadow'.  After spending some time here, we walk a further 30 minutes to reach the Brecon Beacons National Park's best known waterfall Sgwd yr Eira which means 'The Fall of Snow'. Here we can walk behind the waterfall for a magical view of the water thundering down. The flow of water is always impressive but after heavy rain it can become much fuller. If we walk behind when it is full, the spray will make us quiet wet! On our way back we have to climb a long series of steps that we also descended on our way to the waterfall. These steps are hard work because of their large size. After 30 minutes we arrive back at  Sgwd Clun Gwyn waterfall and view it from the opposite side of the bank for a different view before returning to the car.

We travel 20 minutes by car to reach Storey Arms at the base of Pen-y-Fan. Here we have our pic-nic lunch before starting our climb up the mountain.

PART 2

DISTANCE: 5.5 MILES,  ASCENT: 563M

This is the easiest way up to the top of the highest mountain in southern Britain, Pen-y-Fan, at 886m.  The views at the top are superb.  Looking north it is possible to see Brecon, Llangorse Lake, the Black Mountains, the Cambrian Mountains and in the far distance the Malvern Hills and on exceptional days Cadair Idris in Snowdonia! Looking south it is possible to see the Bristol Channel, Mumbles Lighthouse in Swansea and even the coast of Devon. On the summit there are also the remains of an iron age cairn. We will also visit the summit of Corn Du, the Brecon Beacon's second highest summit as we complete our loop back to the car.