GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Usk Reservoir

5 miles (8 km)

Follow the circular cycling and walking trail around the beautiful Usk Reservoir on this route in the Brecon Beacons National Park.
The route begins at the car park next to the dam at the eastern end of the reservoir. It follows good compacted-stone forestry tracks and tarmac roads alongside the waters edge and through the surrounding woodland of the Glasfynydd Forest. There are also splendid views of the surrounding countryside and mountains. Look out for wildlife around the reservoir including Red Kites.

Usk Reservoir OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Usk Reservoir Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

If you head a few miles north west of the reservoir you can visit the market town of Llandovery. There's good facilities here with a train station, pubs and cafes. There's also the ruined 13th century castle and some nice trails along the River Towy to try.
Head a few miles south and you will come to two other significant bodies of water in the Beacons. Llyn y Fan Fach are Llyn Y Fan Fawr in a wonderfully isolated spot. There's a popualr trail running to the lakes with climbs to the surrounding mountains for the more adventurous.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

North shore of the Usk reservoir - geograph.org.uk - 236457

North shore of the Usk reservoir. A narrow road runs west along the north shore of the reservoir from the dam wall to the tower. Just over half way along is this picnic area and silt "beach". This is the view back towards the dam wall in the east

Usk reservoir dam wall

Usk reservoir dam wall

Usk reservoir plaque

This plaque is one of two which face each other across the road at the southern end of the dam commemorating its construction and inauguration in 1955.

Usk reservoir tower

This tower is on the north shore of the reservoir. It is so far from the dam wall that it must not be an outlet tower. Above the door of the tower is the date 1955 and the Swansea coat of arms - a bit of a liberty, since the tower is on the Carmarthenshire side of the county line.

Elevation Profile

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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