Willow Class Explore the Waterfalls near Ystradfellte
On Friday 4th November Willow Class set off on an adventure in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Leaving the coach behind at the Gwaun Hepste car park, they set off towards the falls of the Melte and Hepste rivers. Excitedly, and at an enthusiastic pace, they followed the waymarked posts, making their way towards the first of the 4 waterfalls. Sgwd Clun-Gwyn was not a disappointment and after a short stop to take in the geology and the beauty of the fall, appetities were whetted and the trek continued towards the furthest fall - Sgwd yr Eira.
Sgwd yr Eira
This fall, certainly the best known of the 4, is shaped such that visitors can not only view it from the riverside, but can walk behind the roaring curtain of water. Willow class held their breath and headed around the falling water to stand, as a class, behind Sgwd yr Eira. Standing so close to the wall of water was totally exhilarating and the emotion on the children's faces was fabulous to behold.
Smiles all around
At this stage Willow class were at the furthest point from the coach, and had seen 2 of the 4 falls they had set out to discover. Everyone agreed that the experience was good, or even better than they had expected it to be.
170 steps took them back up to the the main path and past the logging trucks, which were busily munching their way through larch trees. Soon they turned off, down the narrower and rockier path to Sgwd y Pannwr - and the second of their lunch stops!
Sgwd Clun-Gwyn was the final waterfall of the day and was located within the steepest section of the river. A careful negotiating of roots, rocks and streams enabled them to return to the original path and the climb back to the coach. Despite the 6 miles of walking there were still those who had the energy to run the final section and smiles of enjoyment and pride could be seen on everyone's faces.