Walking in Wales – Grwyne Fawr Reservoir

The Grwyne Fawr Reservoir is tucked away high up in the Black Mountains, cast in the shadow of  Waun Fach.  The landscape is rugged and unspoilt. This area makes for some of the best hiking in South Wales and the Brecon Beacons National Park. The best access from the South of Wales is up the Old Hereford Road from Abergavenny. Turn off left just after the Crown in Pantyjelli (stop for obligatory pint), follow this road up through Bettws, stay on this road until you reach the five way junction just after the Forest Coal Pit, at this point you take the northern road up to the reservoir. It is signposted from here. Parking is best half a mile after you pass Nant y Bedd farm. 

There are three main routes up to the reservoir from the car park. Two of the main routes are along the right hand side of the river. One is the high rugged path up to the top end of the dam wall, this is the easiest route up the water. The second walk up the right hand side of the river is along the tarmacked road up to the bottom of the dam wall, this route follows the river meandering down from its source past some old farm houses foundations and eventually past the pump houses at the bottom of the dam wall. This route culminates in a short climb up a spiralling track with beautiful views of dam wall and the valley below.

The third route for the adventurous is along the western side of the river and climbs up the route to Waun Fach. This adds considerable effort but rewards the dedicated with breathtaking views and tired legs.

Here’s a photo trail of my walk. We took the hard road cos we’re ‘arrrd bastards. Fishing report to follow.






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