I walked past this small and usually rather quiet car park a couple of weekends ago and it was locked. This is my exchange with NRW

Please explain why Pont Melin Fach and other car parks are closed. I walked past on Sunday and saw this… No explanation, an all summer time frame and the creation of at busy times chaos on country lanes…4 commentsLikeCommentShare



  • Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru / Natural Resources WalesHi Andrew,I have been advised of the following and hope this helps:Following discussions with Brecon Beacons National Park (BBNP), and Dyfed-Powys Police, the Pont Melin Fach car park is closed from March 22nd until September 30th. Access at our forest entrance along the road west of the bridge is also restricted.This closure is part of a partnership approach between NRW and BBNP, to manage visitors to Waterfall Country. A sign stating ‘Car park ahead CLOSED’ was commissioned by BBNP and is displayed at the junction on Ystradfellte Road, and similar information is affixed to the barrier at the (now closed) car park entranceThanks,Garin
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  • Andrew LambWelcome to Wales! A terrible look for tourism in the area. Shameful Garin. Limiting parking options is not the solution. Did the authorities not think that this would lead to dangerous parking at the closed locations? Perhaps you could put a sign up at the barrier stating that the authorities do not want visitors to the countryside as that certainly seems to be the case. I don’t use Pont Melin Fach to park but I would support those who wish to. Closing the countryside and adding pressure on the honeypot locations is something that ought to be avoided at all costs. The disaster of the quoted partnership at other locations in the BBNP, in particular at Pont ar Daf, demonstrates that the authorities couldn’t manage a in a brewery… Indeed, this has been admitted to me by most parties involved. Open up the car parks and let people enjoy the countryside as they have always done. 
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  1. Hi Andy, I unfortunately only came across your post after I’d tried to visit earlier today. Is that a picture of cars parked outside Pont Melin Fach? There’s no way the road is wide enough for that!

    Did you get any more replies from NRW out of curiosity and do you know if there are any good alternatives to Pont Melin Fach other than the always-far-too-busy Pontneddfechan to access that end of the Elidir trail?

    1. I only have this to add https://www.walesoutdoors.co.uk/moans/parking-in-the-brecon-beacons/ as the BBNP have failed to offer any comment on this matter and NRW simply state it’s part of the management plan. There is no other suitable parking for the Elixir Trail and we can only suggest that the authorities really do not want visitors to the area.

      I will note that the warden was spotted in this car park in his vehicle last weekend having his very quiet lunch.


  2. Hi I drove here the other week just to visit Sgwd Dwlli, I came all the way from Abertillery just to find it closed. I use this car park because walking difficulties do not allow me to walk up from Pontneddfechan. Please open it.

    1. If you write to the BBNP, NRW and Dyfed Powys Police – it is they that collectively closed this and other smaller car parks. Certainly not an inclusive decision and one that makes totally no sense whatsoever.

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