I promised to continue the story of the day when I shot the Sunrise at Mumbles lighthouse. As it was still very early and the weather forecast told mostly overcast during the day I decided to visit one of the iconic trail of the Brecon Beacons, the Four Falls Walk. After a short stopover at Sainsbury’s I was on the road. It took me only 45 minutes to get to the car park. Unfortunately it was a pay and display car park and I didn’t have any coin with me. So I had to look for a different solution. Fortunately I remember seeing a small car park halfway there. Eventually I chose that one which was a good decision. The waterfalls were much closer.
After just a five minutes walk I started to hear the sound of the rushing water. It got louder and louder as I got closer. And then I spotted the “Fall Of The White Meadow” in welsh Sgwd Clun-Gwyn. The summer was very dry this year and the water level of the rivers and streams are much lower than usual. I could easily walk on the rocky riverbed. Arriving that early eliminated one of the problems of this trail, the high number of visitors. If your aim is photography you have to wake up early, there is no excuse. I took some shots of the rushing river just before it leaps and then cross it on the wooden bridge. Now I had a better view from the other side. Still it wasn’t the best angle there were too many fallen tree trunks around. But walking alone I didn’t want to risk climbing down.
Leaving Sgwd Clun-Gwyn a longer walk awaited me. It took around 20 minutes to reach the next waterfall. First the trail lead up into the woods and then I had to slowly descend down again to water level. This part of the walk is a bit rough, there were some stone steps and also bigger rocks to walk on. But when you spot Sgwd y Pannwr (Fall Of The Fuller) you know it was well worth the effort. The water comes down in cascades and it’s literally everywhere, simply beautiful. Here you don’t want to say any word at all just to sit down and listen to the magical sound of the water. There are plenty of options here for taking a shot. You can go from ultra wide to normal or you can pick small intimate details. I spent almost an hour here and these became the keepers.
The next spectacular waterfall is only a couples of steps away upstream from here. It’s called Sgwd Isaf Clun-Gwyn which means “The Lower Fall Of White Meadow”. This is the middle one of the three waterfalls on Afon Mellte. What immediately grabs your eyes here is the colours of the rocks. Red and orange tones strongly dominate the rocky riverbed. I rather tried to focus on details at this location.
Again I stayed here more than half an hour long. After that I had to hike back to the main trail. I walked around 20 more minutes until I reached to the steep path of the last waterfall. I stopped for while as the sign said that it took around 170 stony steps down. After a short hesitation I decided I couldn’t go home with one waterfall missing from the series. This was Sdwd yr Eira (The Fall Of Snow) on the river Mellte. What a spectacular location it is! I think this was the cherry on the cake. I had to rush a bit here as it was around 11am and I could hear the distant voice of a walking party. The rain also started to fall. I quickly setup my tripod and prepared my camera with the filters. I only had time to take around three wide shots until the walkers arrived. This is the most famous of the four falls as you can go behind it which is obviously a very unique experience. This time a didn’t have a chance to take photo from this viewpoint, it would probably be a very interesting perspective with an ultra-wide lens. At least there is one more reason left to return to this wonderful location.