Brechfa Forest – Byrgwm woodland, near Carmarthen
A woodland with a walking trail and mountain bike trails for beginners and experienced riders.
Brechfa Forest is the modern name for part of the ancient Glyn Cothi Forest.
Glyn Cothi Forest was managed for centuries by local people in order to provide building materials, products and grazing.
In 1283, following the final defeat of Wales by Edward I, Glyn Cothi became a Royal Forest administered under Forest Law for several centuries.
Since those days a very different forest has developed. In the 1900s Brechfa Forest was replanted with conifers by the Forestry Commission to boost Britain’s timber reserve after the heavy use of timber in the First World War.
Today Brechfa Forest covers some 6500 hectares and is looked after by Natural Resources Wales for the benefit of people, wildlife and timber production.
The car parks at Keepers and Gwarallt are the starting point for two short waymarked walking trails.
The walking trails are waymarked and start from the car parks.
1.5 miles, 2.5 kilometres
This attractive woodland trail is never very far from water and it crosses several bridges.
0.25 miles, 450 metres
Pobl y Fforest, a local community group, created this short but attractive trail with funding from Forestry Commission Wales.
The Gwarallt Walk was designed for wheelchairs but involves a gradual climb of 100 feet/30 metres. It is 0.25 miles/450 metres long and starts from Gwarallt car park.
Keepers and Gwarallt car parks are accessed from the A40.
Parking is free of charge at these car parks.
Take the A40 from Llandeilo towards Carmarthen and at Pont-ar-gothi turn right onto the B4310 towards Brechfa village. In Brechfa turn left by the Post Office and both car parks are on this road, about 600 metres apart.
The OS grid reference for Keepers car park is SN 523 319.
The OS grid reference for Gwarallt car park is SN 520 322.
The nearest train station is in Carmarthen. For details of public transport visit www.traveline.cymru
Tel: 0300 065 3000
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