GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Talybont Reservoir

6 miles (10 km)

This circular cycling and walking route takes you around the lovely Talybont Reservoir in the Brecon Beacons National Park. The route makes use of National Cycle Route 8 and the Taff Trail to take you around the 318 acres (1.29km2) reservoir.
You start off at the northern end of the reservoir, near the dam, where roadside parking is available. You then climb through the woodland area on the eastern side of the water, along the Taff Trail. There are splendid views over the water to the surrounding hills and beautiful waterfalls near Abercynafon at the southern end of the reservoir.
The return leg follows a country lane along the western side of the water and Talybont Forest.
If you would like to extend your walk then you could continue west along the Taff Trail to the beautiful Blaen y Glyn Waterfalls. For fine views over the area climb to Tor Y Foel on the eastern flank.


LD3 7YS - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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

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


Head into the pretty village of Talybont On Usk for some refreshments after your walk. The White Hart is an historic Coaching Inn which has welcomed travelersfor over 300years. Located near the canal it has an extensive menu and a nice outdoor seating area. After your meal you could enjoy a gentle stroll along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal which runs past the pub. The inn is dog friendly so you can bring your pooch. You can find the pub at postcode LD3 7JD for your sat navs.
The Usk Inn is another great option. The old pub was established in the 1840s at the time of the Brecon to Merthyr Railway. It has an enviable position on the edge of the village, opposite the former railway station and yard. There's a friendly welcome and a large garden area to relax in on warmer days. You can find the pub at postcode LD3 7JE.

Dog Walking

The reservoir and surrounding forest are a great place to take your dog for a walk. The White Hart mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head about 3 miles north of the reservoir and you can visit another significant body water in the shape of Llangorse Lake. Llangorse is the largest natural lake in Wales and includes a nature reserve with wildflowers and lots of birds to look out for on the water. There's also an interesting old lakeside church and a fine on site cafe. You can also visit the nearby little village of Llangors where there's 2 fine pubs to consider. Also in this area are the climbs to Mynydd Troed, Dragons Back and Waun Fach the highest mountain in the Black Mountains.
The popular Usk Valley Walk passes the northern tip of the lake. The long distance trail runs from Caerleon to Brecon along the river.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Brecon Beacons Walks page.


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Taken from a lay-by on the long road that skirts the reservoir, this is just one section. The hill in the background is Tor y Foel.

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From just south of the reservoir on the Taff Trail. The old Merthyr to Brecon rail track cuts through the forest ahead.

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This image was taken from the track leading to Pen Bwlch Glasgwm

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The North end dam of Talybont Reservoir

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Reservoir overflow. A simple slightly curved wall takes the water out of the reservoir.

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Reservoir and dam viewed from the Usk Valley Walk, the Brecon Beacons can be seen in the background.

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From the public footpath along the side of Tor y Foel looking westwards across the reservoir to the Brecon Beacons.

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View SW towards Allt Lwyd, at a time of low water levels, quite common in the 1990's.


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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