Ceri Forest, near Newtown

The ancient Kerry Ridgeway passes alongside Block Wood car park in Ceri Forest

What's here

This site and visitor facilities are open – please see more details on this web page.

 

Coronavirus update

 

There are coronavirus local restrictions in some areas of Wales.

 

Our sites remain open in areas with local restrictions but you should not travel from outside the area to visit them - this site is located in the county of Powys.

 

We have changed the normal route for some of our trails to help you maintain social distancing – please follow signs on site.

 

You need to wear a mask when going inside one of our buildings.

 

You can check-in via the NHS app when entering one of our buildings – scan the QR-code on the NHS Covid-19 poster on site.

 

Welcome

Block Wood is one of the conifer plantations that make up Ceri Forest.

You can access the Kerry Ridgeway long distance footpath from the Block Wood car park.

There are good views from the picnic tables amongst the trees around the car park.

Kerry Ridgeway long distance footpath

Kerry Ridgeway signpostThe Kerry Ridgeway long distance footpath passes through Ceri Forest.

The Kerry Ridgeway is an ancient trackway with a long tradition as a trade and drovers’ route from Wales to markets in England.

The route never dips below 1000 feet (300 metres) above sea level, resulting in remarkable views to Wales on one side and England on the other.

Walkers, horse riders and cyclists may follow this route.

Walking the Kerry Ridgeway

The Kerry Ridgeway long distance footpath is 15 miles (24 kilometres) long from the Cider House car park, near the village of Dolfor in Powys, to Bishops Castle in Shropshire.

The Kerry Ridgeway footpath is looked after by Powys County Council.

There is some waymarking but we recommend that you take a map for longer walks.

If you park at the Block Wood car park, you can easily reach some of the historical features on the Kerry Ridgeway.

  • Walk towards Cider House Farm from Block Wood car park to see two Bronze Age burial mounds, known as Two Tumps
  • Walk in the other direction from Block Wood car park to see the distinctive fox weathervane perched on a telegraph pole, known as Kerry Pole
  • If you walk on from Kerry Pole, you will reach prehistoric ditches known as Upper Short Ditch and Lower Short Ditch
  • If you would like to do a longer circular walk, the Kerry Ridgeway footpath cuts through Offa's Dyke National 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

Location

Block Wood car park in Ceri Forest is situated off the B4368, three miles south of the village of Kerry.

It is in the county of Powys.

Car parking in Block Wood car park is free of charge.  

The Cider House car park at the start of the Kerry Ridgeway is managed by Powys County Council. It is located on the B4355.

Ordnance Survey map

Ceri Forest is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map 214.

The OS grid reference is SO 149 862.

Public transport

The nearest train station is in Newtown.

Newtown is served by bus services 41 and 81.

For details of public transport visit Traveline Cymru's website

Contact details

Tel: 0300 065 3000

Email: enquiries@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk

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