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Cwm Rhaeadr, near Llandovery

A remote woodland in the upper Tywi valley with a waterfall walk, an all ability trail and a mountain biking trail for proficient riders

Woman walking two dogs next to a river in Cwm Rhaeadr forest

What's here

Accessible facilities
Dogs welcome
Horse Riding
Mountain biking
Parking
Picnic area
Walking trail

Overview

Woodlands and forests in the Llandovery area 

The woodlands and forests around the town of Llandovery vary hugely in character but they all offer a range of picnic sites and short walks for visitors.

Many were originally planted by the Forestry Commission to produce timber.

Today, however, Natural Resources Wales looks after them for people to enjoy and wildlife to live in, as well as still producing timber.

These woodlands and forests are located in the Llandovery area:

  • Cwm Rhaeadr Forest – a remote woodland and picnic area situated in the upper Tywi valley (see below)
  • Irfon Forest – home to an easy, level walk along the River Irfon
  • Talley Community Woodlands – these woods form a green backdrop to the ruins of Talley Abbey
  • Caio Forest – a woodland that spreads out into the uplands high above Caio village
  • Cilgwyn Wood – a small woodland with a pleasant mix of trees 
  • Pen Arthur Wood – a large forest with an attractive mix of conifers and native broadleaved trees

Cwm Rhaeadr Forest

Cwm Rhaeadr, which means “valley of the waterfall” in Welsh, is a remote woodland and picnic area situated in the upper Tywi valley in Carmarthenshire.

You can catch a glimpse of the dramatic falls on the Waterfall Walk through the woodland. The shorter trail, which is suitable for all abilities, passes by two peaceful ponds.

There is also a high-octane mountain biking trail for experienced riders and a horse-riding route with great views. 

Closures and diversions

Please note:

  • Sometimes we need to close or divert trails for your safety whilst we undertake maintenance work or forest operations
  • Occasionally we may have to close a site in extreme weather, such as high winds or snow and ice due to the risk of injury to visitors or staff
  • Please always follow any instructions onsite and make sure you follow any temporary diversion signs in place

Walking trails

All of the walking trails are waymarked and start from the car park.

Waterfall Walk

2.5 miles, 4 kilometres

The Waterfall Walk takes you along the lower part of the valley with glimpses of the waterfall through the trees. There are also several linking tracks that offer shorter alternative routes.

All Ability Trail

Three quarters of a mile, 1.25 kilometres

The All Ability trail is a shorter route through the woodlands which passes by two ponds which are a popular spot for dragonflies in late summer. It is suitable for wheelchair users.

Mountain biking trail

The mountain biking trail is waymarked and starts from the car park.

See our mountain biking page for a list of all our mountain bike trails and information about grading to make sure you pick a trail that is right for you. 

Please also read the relevant onsite information before setting off on your ride.

Cwm Rhaeadr Mountain Biking Trail

6.7 kilometres, grade red

The Cwm Rhaeadr Mountain Biking Trail delivers quality singletrack riding, including a descent over a rocky ridge, along with stunning views over the scenic valley and waterfall.

Horse riding trail

There is a waymarked linear horse riding trail along the forest road and onto the old bridleway on Mynydd Mallaen.

Accessibility information

The All Ability Trail is suitable for wheelchair users. It is three quarters of a mile long and its steepest gradient is 1/20.

How to get here

Cwm Rhaeadr is near Llandovery and is approximately one mile north of the village of Cilycwm. 

Car parking is free of charge.

Download the location map.

Directions

Follow signs for Cilycwm from the A482 or A483 then continue northwards out of Cilycwm towards Llyn Brianne Reservoir until the sign for Cwm Rhaeadr.

The OS grid reference is SN 765 423.

Public transport

The nearest train station is in Llandovery. For details of public transport visit www.traveline.cymru

Find out more

Contact details

Tel: 0300 065 3000

Email: enquiries@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk

Related document downloads

Llandovery area forests Location map PDF [886.7 KB]

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