Crychan Forest – Cefn Farm, near Llandovery

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Cefn Farm is one of our car parks in Crychan Forest.

It is the starting point for a walking trail past a ruined farmhouse.

There are picnic benches around the car park.

Walking trail

The walking trail is waymarked from start to finish.

Look out for the information panel at the start of the trail.

Find out about walking trail grades.

Cefn Farm Trail

  • Grade: Moderate
  • Distance: 2½ miles/4.3 kilometres
  • Time: 1½ hours

You’ll pass the ruins of the old 19th century farmhouse Glyn Moch before dropping down to the stream in Cwm Dulas.

Try to imagine pigs rooting about here – as Glyn Moch means ‘valley of pigs’.

Easy tracks return you to the car park.

Crychan Forest

Cefn Farm is within Crychan Forest.

Set in beautiful countryside between the Brecon Beacons and the Cambrian Mountains, Crychan Forest is criss-crossed with many old tracks that linked the farms that were once here.

In the 1930s the Forestry Commission bought the farms and land and planted trees here as part of the efforts across the UK to replenish timber stocks which had been run-down during the First World War.

A few ruined dwellings remain and you may come across them as you explore.

The forest is made up of oak, ash, beech, hazel and conifers and the colours vary depending on the season from bluebells in the spring to the golden hues of autumn.

Nowadays it provides valuable timber and is home to a wide variety of wildlife.

Goshawks, buzzards and red kites nest here, and you may catch a glimpse of roe deer.

As well as the walking trail from Cefn Farm there are walking trails from our three other car parks in Crychan Forest:

Halfway car park is the easiest of these to reach as it is situated just off the A40, a few miles from Llandovery.

The car parks at Brynffo, Cefn Farm and Esgair Fwyog are located on minor roads off the A483 between Llandovery and Builth Wells.

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Horse riding in Crychan Forest

There is open access for horse riding throughout Crychan Forest.

Our car parks in Crychan Forest are the starting point for many miles of horse riding on forest roads and old tracks.

There are also shortcuts onto the Epynt Way, a 50 mile long bridleway around the boundary of the Sennybridge military training area.

Facilities for horse riders at our car parks include corrals and tethering rails.

The car parks at Halfway and Brynffo are the most suitable for horse boxes.

There is access for carriage drivers at Brynffo car park.

For more information about horse riding in Crychan Forest, go to the Crychan Forest Association website.

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Closures and diversions

Sometimes we need to close or divert trails for your safety whilst we undertake maintenance work or other operations.

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 on site and any temporary diversion signs.

How to get here

Location

Cefn Farm is 6 miles north east of Llandovery.

It is in the county of Carmarthenshire.

Ordnance Survey map

Cefn Farm is on Ordnance Survey (OS) Explorer map 187.

The OS grid reference is SN 813 386.

Directions

Take the A483 from Llandovery towards Builth Wells.

After 4½ miles turn right at the brown and white sign for Crychan Forest Trails.

After 50 yards, fork right uphill and follow the narrow single track road.

After approximately 1¼ miles the Cefn Farm car park is on the left.

Public transport

The nearest mainline railway station is in Llandovery.

For details of public transport visit Traveline Cymru's website.

Parking

Car parking is free of charge.

Overnight parking is not permitted.

Contact details

There are no staff at this location.

Contact our customer team for general enquiries during office hours, Monday to Friday.

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