The Usk reservoir can be
found in the upper reaches of the Usk river valley. This beautiful
upland reservoir at 1050
feet above sea level and covering some 280 acres is situated just off the minor road between Trecastle and Llanddeusant
7 miles W of Sennybridge. It is the most recent
reservoir in the national park and was completed in 1955. It is one of the remotest parts of the Brecon Beacons National Park and offers
fine views of a broad escarpment of the Carmarthen Fans. The reservoir is
surrounded by a large areas of coniferous economic forestry which are
largely impenetrable. Under the European Union Habitats Directive certain
major rivers including the Usk and Wye qualify in their own right as Special
Area's of Conservation.
There are a number of public
footpaths and cycling routes in the vicinity of the reservoir that
offer an opportunity to get away from crowded
routes such as the Beacons Horseshoe. Map
and Navigation skills required plus suitable footwear
and clothing, etc. There is a route around the reservoir. Common wildfowl and woodland birds
are found here. The surrounds of the Usk reservoir contain a varied
range of flora and fauna. Red Kite
frequent the area and the Marsh
Fritillary butterfly can be found here.
The small market town
of Llandovery, with its craft shops and Llandovery Heritage Centre run
by the National Park Authority is only some 8 or 9 miles distant.
The circular that passes near to the Usk reservoir from Trecastle to Llanddeusant
onto Llangadog then Llandovery is one of the most scenic in the
National Park offering stunning views of the Black Mountain and the
river valleys of the Towy and the Sawdde. It should be noted that
this route and the the roads leading to and in the vicinity of
the Usk reservoir are primarily single track and require careful driving.
It is the policy of the National Park Authority to conserve the quiet character of these roads.
For Further information visit:
The Usk reservoir is only a few miles
downstream of the source of the River Usk below Fan Foel on the Black Mountain.
It has a reputation as one of the finest trout fisheries in Wales. The natural brown
trout are supplemented by regular restocking of brown and rainbow trout.
It is a secluded quiet location where several sections of the reservoir
bank are not far from the perimeter road. Fly fishing, spinning and
worming are currently permitted. The upland location of the reservoir
leaves it exposed to the wind which may cause some problems for fly
Season March to October from 7am ending
sometime between 18.30pm and 21.00pm. Day tickets available from
dispenser located in a small hut on the bank at the western side of the
dam wall. (£1 coins required). Permission required to use a boat on the
Please contact Glas
Cymru on 01495 769281 for the latest information on recreational
facilities at this reservoir which are subject to change.
Fishing at Usk Reservoir
excellent source of information of fishing locality.