Brecon Beacons offers a stunning selection of natural beauty, from the tall hills to the deep valley and the flowing waterways that marble the ground. Totalling approximately 140 miles of rivers and 35 miles of canals, the waterways of Brecon Beacons is a defining part of the regions personality, and that’s not to mention the nine reservoirs and Wales’ largest natural lake! The variety of water havens means that the area has become well-known for a plethora of watersports and wild swimming. If you’re heading off on a trip to one of our Brecon Beacons holiday cottages, here are a few of the most stunning lakes and waterways that we recommend you visit!
As the largest natural lake in Wales, this beautiful site has long drawn visitors to gaze over the rippling water. Surrounded by the lush greenery of towering hills, thick meadows and fields, the beauty of this area is awe-inspiring. On a visit to the lake, you’ll likely spot some canoe, SUP boarders, pedalos and rowing boats, as well as a number of visitors taking the time to dip their toes into the cool water on a warm summers day. Llangorse is also a fantastic place to spot some of the fine local wildlife, including otters, water voles and swifts. As a Site of Special Scientific Interest, we’re sure that this lake will stay engrained in your memory for its beauty, charm and uniqueness.
Llyn y Fach
The name Llyn y Fan Fach translates to ‘Lake of the small hill’ and the lake is on the northern margin of Carmerthenshire’s Black Mountain, still within the perimeter of Brecon Beacons National Park. The pool of water is quite deep at 18m, and has been named one of the world’s ‘1000 Ultimate Sights’ by Lonely Planet. This is a stunning sight that can be enjoyed on The Beacons Way footpath and is a fantastic area for photography, particularly if you catch sight of a fish flipping in the water, or a red kite, buzzard of kestrel souring through the sky. The lake is said to be haunted by ‘the Lady of the Lake’, the most beautiful woman in the land, who disappeared in the 13th century. She is thought to guard the lake’s beauty from harm and does not cause any disruption to those who visit.
Llyn Cwm Llwch
Llyn Cwm Llwch is a beautiful glacial lake that is a Site of Specific Scientific Interest and is truly breathtaking. Hidden within the wild landscape of Brecon Beacons, the waters of the lake add a beautiful sense of calm and magic to the surroundings. There are many fairytales associated with Llyn Cwm Llwch, including one of a secret garden, accessible through a rock near the lake that allowed visitors to step into their enchanted kingdom. However, one visitor stole an exquisite fruit, leading the whole of mankind to be banished from its charm. The pretty, dainty wildflowers offer an insight into where the tales grew and brighten up The Cwm Llwch Horseshoe, which is an 8-mile journey, perfect for those looking to take on a challenge and fit in a visit to this much-loved lake.
Lower Ddwili Falls
For those who love to see the dramatic sights of a waterfall, this is something that certainly isn’t lacking in Brecon Beacons, and Lower Ddwili Falls has often been voted a favoruite. The grand open pool of water is met with a crashing waterfall, which, on a sunny day, creates a spectacular array of miniature rainbows. This is the perfect place to take a dip in the water, or stop off for a picnic on a long walk. With more than 20 pools over a five-mile stretch surrounding the Lower Ddwili Falls, this is a truly unique site that will leave you awe-struck for sure.
Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal
This canal is one of the most well known waterways in Brecon Beacons, and offers a fantastic experience for those wanting to explore like on the water. You can hire a boat, canoe or kayak and float under the historic bridges, green canopies and explore the stunning sights from a different view on the 35-mile journey. Alternatively, take a walk alongside and you’ll be able to spot the dragonflies hovering above the water and see the buzzards and herons darting around. This is a very relaxing place to visit if you’re looking for a retreat away from all the chaos of everyday life and there are plenty of homely country pubs to stop off at to refuel!
Which of these beautiful waterways and lakes are you planning to visit this year? We’d love to hear from you via our social media channels!