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Black Covert Woodland, near Aberystwyth

Sheltered picnic site and walk to an ancient hillfort

What's here

Dogs welcome
Picnic area
Walking trail
The Birchgrove Walk is closed as the path is blocked by fallen trees.


Black Covert is a peaceful spot by the River Ystwyth which flows through this steep sided valley on its way to Aberystwyth.

There is a picnic area within the shelter of large ash, birch and sweet chestnut trees and a wooden bench right by the crystal clear water.

The Birchgrove Walk climbs its way up to the ancient hillfort of Allt-Fedw where there is a viewpoint overlooking rolling hills and valleys.

The Riverside Walk is an easier route through a beech woodland which is carpeted with bluebells in spring.

Walking trails

Woman and riverAll of the walking trails are circular and are waymarked from the car park.

Riverside Walk

1¼ miles, 2 kilometres, easy

This trail offers a gentle walk from the picnic site alongside the River Ystwyth. It returns through the woodland which is filled with the scent of resin and swathes of bluebells in spring.

Birchgrove Walk

2 miles, 3.2 kilometres, moderate

The Birchgrove Walk passes a tranquil pond as it makes its way up to the 2000 year old hill fort of Allt-Fedw. Here there is a viewpoint with panoramic views over rolling hills and valleys. There are many long climbs and steep descents along this trail.

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

How to get here

Download the location map.

Black Covert is 9 miles south east of Aberystwyth.

Parking is free of charge.


Take the B4340 from Aberystwyth to Trawsgoed. Turn right over the bridge (signed Llanilar B4575) then turn immediately left and left again into the car park.

The OS grid reference is SN 667 730.

Public transport

The nearest train station is in Aberystwyth.

The bus service from Aberystwyth to Tregaron via Pontrhydfendigaid stops near Black Covert car park.

For details of public transport visit the Traveline Cymru website.

Find out more

Contact details

Tel: 0300 065 3000


Related document downloads

Ystwyth Forest Location map PDF [155.0 KB]

Other places in Mid Wales

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