Black Covert Woodland, near Aberystwyth
Sheltered picnic site with riverside walk
Woodland walk with carpets of bluebells in spring
Just a short drive from Aberystwyth, Gogerddan is an easy to find picnic site with a woodland walk.
The car park and picnic area are adjacent to an ancient woodland, once part of the wealthy lead-mining Gogerddan estate.
The estate was broken up in the 1940s and the mansion and other buildings are now home to one of the institutes of Aberystwyth University.
The woodland is home to some beautiful old trees including oak, sweet chestnut and lime which display an array of seasonal colours in autumn.
In spring, there is a stunning display of bluebells and other seasonal flowers.
The picnic site is in a sheltered location by Nant Clarach stream and the circular walking trail starts from the car park.
It is a fairly short walk but the steep climbs through the trees are rewarded with some lovely views.
The walking trail is waymarked and starts from the car park.
1½ miles, 2.4 kilometres, moderate
Waymarked from the car park, the Gogerddan Trail climbs its way up through the woodland.
The route passes some beautiful veteran trees and, in spring, the woodland is
carpeted with bluebells.
There are many climbs and steep descents along the way and a wooden bench at the viewpoint overlooking the fields and hills.
Gogerddan is 3 miles north east of Aberystwyth.
Parking is free of charge at this car park.
Follow the A487 from Aberystwyth towards Machynlleth. After 2½ miles, turn right for Penrhyncoch and continue straight over the crossroads. In ½ mile, the car park is on the left, after passing the large greenhouses.
Gogerddan woodland is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map 213.
The OS grid reference for the car park is SN 633 836.
The nearest train station is in Aberystwyth.
The bus service from Aberystwyth to Penrhyncoch stops at the Aberystwyth University entrance, very near to Gogerddan woodland car park.
For details of public transport visit the Traveline Cymru website.
Tel: 0300 065 3000
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