25. Talybont Reservoir and Forest

This scenic, 3km long reservoir is surrounded by steep hill, forestry and farmland.

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Set in the central Brecon Beacons, this is a popular place to visit with a road crossing the 380 metre long dam to forestry walks on the far side. The wide tracks in the Talybont Forest on the eastern side of the reservoir join up with the Brinore Tramroad and Taff Trail to give longer walks with no barriers. Most of the forestry tracks near the reservoir are level but get steeper further up the hill you go. Lay-bys and car parks alongside the Talybont to Pontsticill road offer good views of the reservoir and surrounding hills. There is one bird hide suitable for the disabled.


How to get there: The reservoir is 1.5km south of Talybont-on-Usk, which is 8km south east of Brecon on the A40.


Nearest town or village: Talybont-on-Usk.


OS Grid Reference: Explorer Map OL 12 / OL13 or Landranger Map 160 / 161 – SO 104 205.


Distance: From a few metres to several kilometres.


Contact: Welsh Water on 01495 769281 or Natural Resources Wales on 0300 065 3000.


Facilities: There is a shop and Post Office with National Park information and several pubs in Talybont-on-Usk.


Parking: There are lay-bys and car parks alongside the Talybont to Pontsticill road and on the other side of the dam.


Toilets: Basic public toilets are located next to the White Hart Inn in Talybont-on-Usk. The nearest disabled access toilets are at Llansantffraed lay-by on the A40.