Cwm Rhaeadr, near Llandovery

What's here


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 mountain biking trail for experienced riders.

Walking trails

The walking trails are waymarked from start to finish.

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

Find out about walking trail grades.

Cwm Rhaeadr Accessible Trail

  • Grade: Accessible
  • Distance: 1 mile/1.6 kilometres
  • Trail information: This trail is suitable for wheelchair users. The steepest gradient is 1 in 20.

This trail through the woodland and along a boardwalk.

It passes by two ponds where dragonflies can be spotted in summer.

Waterfall Walk

  • Grade: Moderate
  • Distance: 2½ miles/4 kilometres

There are glimpses of the waterfall through the trees on this trail through the lower part of the valley.

It crosses over a wooden bridge and follows the stream back to the car park.

Mountain bike trail

All our mountain bike trails are waymarked from start to finish and have been graded for difficulty.

At the start of the trail there is an information panel – please read this before setting off.

Cwm Rhaeadr Trail

  • Grade: Red (difficult)
  • Distance: 6.7 kilometres

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

This trail may be short but it offers singletrack riding, a descent over a rocky ridge and stunning views over the valley and waterfall.

Accessibility information

The Accessible Trail is suitable for wheelchair users.

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


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

It is in the county of Carmarthernshire.

Ordnance Survey map

Cwm Rhaeadr is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map 187.

The OS grid reference for the car park is SN 765 422.


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.

Public transport

The nearest train station is in Llandovery.

For details of public transport visit the Traveline Cymru website


Car parking is free of charge.

Overnight parking is not permitted.

Contact details

Tel: 0300 065 3000


Related document downloads

Location map PDF [936.0 KB]

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