Places to Visit in the South Downs
The South Downs National Park is home to four bustling market towns as well as numerous picturesque villages and sleepy hamlets that make great bases for a visit.
Discover 3 of the most romantic waterfalls in the beautiful Brecon Beacons.
The Brecon Beacons is home to some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Britain, and are popular for engagements and other special occasions. If you're looking for somewhere special, check out 3 of the most romantic waterfalls in the national park.
And, if it’s been raining a lot before your visit to one of these beautiful waterfalls, then you'll be treated to even more spectacular scenery. Make sure you hold hands though – the paths can get slippery.
Possibly the most famous of Waterfall Country’s many waterfalls, Sgŵd yr Eira (it is known by its Welsh name, which is usually pronounced skood-err-ay-ra and means waterfall of snow) is on the river Hepste.
It’s top of the ‘waterfall wish-list’ not just because of its natural beauty but the path actually leads you behind the curtain of water on the fall where you can re-enact bits of Last of the Mohicans – only please don’t do the jumping off part as getting badly hurt is not romantic.
You can access Waterfall Country from Cwm Porth car park SN935123 or SN928124
Impress your loved one by knowing that beautiful Henrhyd Falls (pronounced hen-reed) has a drop of 27 metres which makes it the highest waterfall in the National Park
A walking trail leads to the waterfall from the National Trust car park near Coelbren, Follow a steep path down into the mystical wooded valley, with occasional glimpses of the falls through the trees. Stop and look for the abundant wildlife. A wooden bridge will take you across the stream which you then follow up to the pool at the base of Henrhyd Falls. If you have some energy left you can wander down the Nant Llech valley, whose steep sides are lined with sessile oak, ash, small-leafed lime, alder and wych elm trees.
National Trust car park near Coelbren, SN853121
Take a scenic drive out from Talybont on Usk past the picturesque Talybont Reservoir and at Blaen-y-Glyn, you will find the streams which feed the reservoir tumbling down from the hills over clusters of picturesque waterfalls. Wander through the trees and scramble down the slopes in the forest and you will be rewarded by coming across some hidden waterfall gems. Afterwards enjoy one of the pubs in Talybont – cosy up in front of the open fire or on a warm day watch the long boats slide by on the canal.
Car parks at Upper Blaen-y-Glyn (grid reference SO056176) and Lower Blaen-y-Glyn (SO064169).
Discover more of the Brecon Beacons by visiting http://www.beacons-npa.gov.uk/ or let us know your favourite spots in the comments below.