Ennig Diary

Cwm Y Nant

The impact of exploring this environment on foot couldn’t be any bigger because as opposed to driving by in the car the reality on Terra Firma presents a vastly different picture stood, as we were, amongst the enormous escarpments of Mynydd Bychan and Y Grib. Sheltered amongst these inclines the discovery of a waterfall rouses the senses bringing to life a rugged wind-swept land interspersed with gnarly trees whilst lower down arboreal woodland conceals, as mentioned, a second waterfall of mythical and legendary status in PwllyWrach the Witches Pool. In addition, worthwhile interactions with locals pull back the vale to reveal what’s basically, a private and secluded world up here near source. Of course, besides the farmers other characters come out of the woodwork like Amos the chap who moved to the Brecon Beacons from the Isle of White and who’s farther it was founded the Ilse of White Festival. A slightly organic type he made good tea and had at his disposal a source of wisdom garnered from his travels and youth, which made for good conversation after a day on the mountain slopes.

Of course, the thing most people head for is the waterfall (Grid Ref: SO 168-327) situated in the aforementioned reserve, which comprises 17.5 acres of ancient woodland looked after by the Brecknock Wildlife Trust. It’s a good place to head for as the denseness of trees define the rivers slopes here making for a kind of temperate forest environment giving the water fall a secluded, chilled and sacred atmosphere. Apart from this during our visit there was not much activity by way of flora and fauna. However, we are informed that in summer it’s abundant. Of course, most people simply come to admire the waterfall as opposed to going all the way to source much like Mathew, Preedawan and Rob a group from Cheltenham we met lounged amid trees and falls. It was an opportunity for us all to share experiences before a return to Telgarth.

Not to mislead; due to time constraints, we didn’t get to follow the river all the way to its confluence but when walking the Lynfi some weeks later we did observe in wonderment the two rivers conjoin from the far side of the bank Grid Ref: SO 151-347 (Landranger Map 161).

Catch the word: this was a micro adventure, which lasted a single day from morning to late afternoon/early evening, it was fun and relatively simple to accomplish because when all is said and done all we did, was to pack some gear and set off into the mountains for a day to discover the source of a river. There was nothing to it in terms of energy expended but the in terms of sampling the joys of our own backyard were immeasurable. indeed, the Ennig was an eye opener and if ever you are in that neck of the woods it’s well worth a trek up to and a visit.

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