Black Covert Woodland, near Aberystwyth
Sheltered picnic site with riverside walk
Riverside picnic area and peaceful woodland walks
Grogwynion is a small car park and riverside picnic site, named after a former lead mine in the Ystwyth valley.
Silver, lead and zinc were mined in this steep sided wooded valley for centuries and the remains of mines and other industrial workings are scattered throughout the area.
The picnic site is in a glade of willow and birch near the bank of the River Ystwyth and it is a peaceful spot for a family day out.
There are two waymarked walking trails within Ty’n y Bedw Woodland on the other side of the road to the car park.
The walking trails are in the adjacent woodland and are waymarked – look out for the large wooden sign opposite the car park which marks the starting point.
1 mile, 1.7 kilometres, easy
This short trail leads along the side of the Ystwyth valley and has some lovely views across the steep wooded hillsides.
There is a short climb at the start and there is a bench along the way from which to enjoy the views.
3 miles, 4.6 kilometres, moderate
This longer trail first climbs up through some huge Douglas fir trees before it meanders around the hillside, switching between wide forest roads and little paths along a stream.
There are views over the Ystwyth valley and old lead mine workings. There are some long climbs and steep descents along the way.
Grogwynion Woodland is 14 miles south east of Aberystwyth.
Parking is free of charge.
Take the B4340 from Aberystwyth to Trawsgoed. Follow this road through Trawsgoed until the road crosses the River Ystwyth and then turn immediately left, following the river. After passing the saw mill, the car park and picnic site is a few hundred metres further on the left.
Grogwynion Woodland is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map 213.
The OS grid reference is SN 694 715.
The nearest train station is in Aberystwyth.
For details of public transport visit the Traveline Cymru website.
Tel: 0300 065 3000
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