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1. Forest of Fawr Waterfall Walk

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Forest of Fawr Waterfall Walk

The Fforest Fawr (Great Forest) is an area of largely unforested sandstone hills dropping down to a porous limestone belt in the south.
 
The hills rise up to the south of the A40, west of Brecon, with the dramatic A4067 piercing the western side of the range, and the A470 defining the Fforest's eastern limit. Between the two, a twisting mountain road crosses a bleak plateau and descends into one of Britain's classic limestone landscapes, around the village of Ystradfellte.
 
With a dazzling countryside of lush, deep ravines on its doorstep, Ystradfellte has become a popular centre for its walks over great pavements of bone white rock next to cradling potholes, disappearing rivers and crashing waterfalls.
 
A mile to the south of the village, the River Mellte tumbles into the dark mouth of the Porth-yr-ogog (white Horse Cave), emerging into daylight a few hundred yards further south.
 
Waterfall Walk 
A signposted path heads south from the Porth-yr-ogof car park and into the green gorge of the river Mellte. After little more than a mile, the first of three waterfalls is reached at Sgŵd Clun-gwyn (White Meadow Fall), where the river crashes fifty feet over two huge, angular steps of rock before hurtling down to two other falls, the impressive
and Sgŵd Isaf Clun-gwyn (Lower White Meadow Fall) passing Sgwd y Pannwr (Fall of the Fuller).
 
The walk's climax is the Sgwd Y Eira (Fall of Snow), whose rock behind the main tumble has eroded back six feet, allowing you to walk directly behind a dramatic twenty foot curtain of water.

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