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Ceri Forest (Block Wood), near Newtown

The ancient Kerry Ridgeway drovers’ route cuts through Ceri Forest

View from Kerry Ridgeway

What's here

Dogs welcome
Mountain access
Parking

Overview

Ceri Forest is located in the peaceful uplands of Montgomeryshire.

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

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

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

You can also access the Kerry Ridgeway from the Block Wood car park managed by Natural Resources Wales.

From here you can easily reach some of the historical features on the route:

  • Walk towards Cider House Farm to see two Bronze Age burial mounds, known as Two Tumps
  • Walk in the other direction from the 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
  • 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

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

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

The OS grid reference is SO 149 862.

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

The Cider House car park, which is managed by Powys County Council, is on the B4355.

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

Find out more

Contact details

Tel: 0300 065 3000

Email: enquiries@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk

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