Twizy Tour 6 – Talybont Waterfalls & Reservoirs (20 miles)

Thank you to Photographer, Will Lewis for submitting this Twizy tour.

Tomos Twizy off for a day out

Tomos Twizy off for a day out

We picked up Tomos (every Twizy has a name) from the headquarters of Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages and set off down their drive and turned right. First impressions – this is fun!

After passing through the village of Aber we soon came to Talybont Reservoir, (104205). This is a good place to stop and walk along the dam and take in the views.

Talybont Reservoir

Talybont Reservoir

Blaen y Glyn car park

Blaen y Glyn car park

Continue along the side of the reservoir for about 3 miles until you see a car park sign on the right. This is the Lower Blaen y Glyn car park, (063171). From here you can walk up one side of the river and back down the other. I think the best route is to walk out of the car park and over the bridge and walk up along the right bank of the river. This is a great walk, a bit steep in places but with excellent views of the cascading river.

Blaen y Glyn waterfall

Blaen y Glyn waterfall

After about 20 minutes you’ll get to a footbridge and the main waterfall – not to be missed! Return along the easier path on the opposite bank – about 10 minutes. It’s best allow one hour to take it all in and maybe even have a picnic as well.

Back to the Twizy and turn right out of the car park and up the very steep hill. Would Tomos have problems on the hill? No way – it shot up!

About a mile from the top of the hill is the excellent Old Barn Tea Rooms at Ystradgynwyn,  CF48 2UT, (048158). Highly recommended for teas, coffees and light lunches although there is no charging facility for Twizys here.

Ponsticill road sign

Ponsticill road sign

We carried on for another mile and took a left turn to Dolygaer. Here the road goes between the Pontsticill and Pentwyn Reservoirs – great for views. At this point we could easily have carried on another 2 miles to Pontsticill village and the nearby Brecon Mountain Railway but we set off back along the way we had come.

We were enjoying ourselves so much that instead of taking Tomos back to Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages we carried on past and into Talybont village to the stores and cafe to get some milk and a newspaper, (LD3 7YJ). Next to the stores is a swing bridge over the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal where the road gets hoisted up to allow canal boats through – well worth a look.

Lifting canal bridge

Lifting canal bridge

Reluctantly we returned Tomas to his home. There was plenty of battery life left making us wish we’d planned a longer route.

Tip: be careful when coming up behind walkers, cyclists or people on horseback as they probably won’t hear you – Twizy’s are very quiet!

Charging points (if required)

Talybont stores & cafe

The Star Inn Talybont

Danywenallt YHA

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