AUTHORITIES in charge of a stunning area of Powys known as ‘Waterfall Country’ are urging visitors to be considerate when parking this weekend.

This spectacular part of the Brecon Beacons is popular with tourists, who will surely flock to the region this weekend in light of restrictions easing in Wales and with people able to move more freely.

“Please be considerate when parking at Waterfall Country this weekend,” the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority (BBNPA) posted on their social channels on Saturday (June 19).

“Illegal and irresponsible parking impacts on the lives of residents, farmers and our emergency services. Park in designated spaces only. Not on verges, pavements or blocking access. Thank you.”

Waterfall Country is not officially defined but generally includes the group of falls on the Nedd Fechan, Pyrddin, Hepste and Mellte rivers, all of which lie between the villages of Pontneddfechan and Ystradfellte at the foot of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Some of the stunning falls in the region include Sgwd yr Eira (‘falls of snow’), famous for being the falls behind which you can walk, located on the Afon Hepste.

Sgwd Clun-gwyn (‘fall of the white meadow’) is the uppermost of the three celebrated falls on the Mellte; Sgwd y Bedol (‘horseshoe falls’) is in fact a series of three or four falls in quick succession on the need Fechan; while Sgwd Einion Gam (‘fall of crooked Einion’) on the Pryddin is one of the most spectacular though least accessible of the falls of the area.

The BBNPA is also advising visitors to have a back-up plan to visit another area or walk another footpath if their chose option is busy this weekend, and are also advising people to maintain social distancing.

“Waterfall Country by its nature has narrow footpaths and when these are busy social distancing is virtually impossible,” said the authority.

“We are still in a global pandemic so please be sensible. If it looks busy, it is busy.”

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