A short but delightful Twizy run from Talybont-on-Usk village to reach the Caerfanell waterfalls where you can park and walk alongside the river past a series of small waterfalls until you reach the giant one at the top.
From the village, take the road over the canal drawbridge and follow up the hill through the hamlet of Aber to Talybont reservoir. Here you can park and walk across the dam. On hot summer days, there may even be an ice cream van and the YHA on the far side of the dam runs a cafe at weekends. As you cross the dam, down to your left you can see the turbine house for Talybont Energy’s hydro which runs off the compensation flow from the reservoir. This community-owned 36 kW turbine generates enough electricity to keep 100 Twizys on the road!
Back in the Twizy, follow the road South along the length of the reservoir with fine views up to Tor-y-foel mountain on your left. About a mile after the end of the reservoir, you cross a bridge and take a right turn into the car park for the waterfalls. It is worth walking back to the road, over the bridge and through a stile so you can walk up the West side of the Caerfanell river. At the top waterfall, there’s a footbridge you can cross to walk back down the other side.
After exploring the waterfalls, if you are still feeling adventurous and have plenty of charge left in your battery, it is fun to tackle the famously steep Torpantau hill where you will overtake plenty of puffing cyclists. 2 miles further on will bring you to The Old Barn Tea Room. Alternatively, head back down to Talybont and enjoy tea and cake in the Talybont Stores cafe or a welcome beer in The Star Inn – both are Twizy charge points.
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Here are 6 year old Sam and his Dad heading back to Talybont from the waterfalls.