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Best trails in Aberdare

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Explore the most popular trails near Aberdare with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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Map of trails in Aberdare
Top trails (4)
#1 - Sgwd yr Elra Falls from Penderyn
Brecon Beacons National Park
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Length: 8 mi • Est. 4 h 14 m
Excellent hike with three legs; each the side of a triangle, and each of very different character. There are tremendous views of the river and various falls. The highlight of the route for many will be the crossing behind the curtain of water at the Sgwd yr Elra falls. Important to note that the route cannot be completed as shown if the waterfall crossing is not made - please also see the tips section. The first leg takes you from Penderyn to Craig y Ddinas at Pontneddfechan. It follows a well-marked trail that starts alongside the modest but exposed peak of Moel Penderyn with sweeping views. It then descends toward where the rivers meet, becoming lush, sheltered and more rocky underfoot. The second leg rises up steeply through trees and across a golf course. Then north through farmland to join a moorland road for a few hundred meters before turning right into the woods towards the first of the falls. The northern apex of the route is at a footbridge among the falls. The final leg has three distinct sections. The first is along wonderful rocky and rooty trails on the steep side of the river valley. On crossing the river at the main waterfall, the second section follows a green, narrow and unprotected trail along the top of the cliff which can be boggy toward the end. Finally, out on to moorland and old quarry roads the final section leads you back to the village of Penderyn. Show more
#2 - Fforest Fawr Loop
Brecon Beacons National Park
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Length: 8.3 mi • Est. 5 h 5 m
#3 - LLwyn-on Reservoir
Brecon Beacons National Park
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 4 m
#4 - Daren Walk
Aberdare, Rhondda, Wales
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 3 h 5 m