Leading activities in Waterfall Country

This page is information intended for activity providers only rather than independent visitors. Other visitors can find out more about the area under Accessing and enjoying Waterfall Country.

Gorge-walking

The land within Waterfall Country is owned by the Forestry Commission Wales, the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority and a number of private landowners. While much of the site is designated Open Access land, this only allows for general public access on foot, not commercial or otherwise organised activities. Private land may not be fenced or marked but there is no right of access to these areas.

Organised groups can gain permission to operate in the area from the Forestry Commission Wales through agreement with a Concordat. Visit the SWOAPG (South Wales Outdoor Activity Provider Group) website for more information.

As much of the area in and around the gorges is legally protected for the high quality and rarity of its habitats, activity groups must follow a simple Code of Conduct to minimise the environmental impact of a visit. Compliance with the Code is a requirement of being permitted to access the site.

Watch the video below to find out how you can minimise the environmental impact you have on the area:

Visit the SWOAPG website for more information.

Many activity providers make use of Waterfall Country and so it can get busy at peak times. Please be considerate in where to park buses, changing from wet clothes, excessive noise levels and leaving litter.

Caving

Porth yr Ogof caves can be accesses from Cwm Porth car park. Parking is £7 for minibuses and £4 for cars. Pre-paid booklets for minibuses can be purchased from the National Park on (01874) 624 437. There is a small shop at the car park that sells snacks and drinks and there are also basic toilets and changing facilities.

When using the cave with groups activity leaders should be aware of the following safety documents:

Porth yr Ogof Safety Statement

Climbing

For information on climbing at this site please contact the Forestry Commission on 0300 068 0300.

Canoeing and Kayaking

There are currently no official access agreements for this area. The rivers of this area are suitable for experienced paddlers only.