Black Covert Woodland, near Aberystwyth
Sheltered picnic site with riverside walk
Waterfall walks for all to enjoy
Our sites and most visitor facilities are open.
We have changed the normal route for some of our trails to help you maintain social distancing – please follow signs on site.
Hafren Forest was planted by the Forestry Commission in the 1930s and named after Afon Hafren (the Welsh name for the River Severn).
The River Severn begins quietly in a squelchy peat bog on the slopes of Plynlimon, Mid Wales’ highest mountain.
In no time at all it becomes a torrent with falls and cascades plunging headlong through the forest.
The source of the Severn lies just outside the forest’s boundary but you can walk to it on our waymarked walk.
There are also shorter walks through the woodland to the famous Severn Break its Neck waterfall and Blaenhafren Falls and a boardwalk takes you along the riverbank to the Cascade Falls.
Hafren Forest is the start (or end) point for two long distance, linear walks - the Wye Valley Walk and the Severn Way.
The walking trails are waymarked from start to finish.
Look out for the information panel at the start of the trails in the main car park (Rhyd-y-benwch).
Find out about walking trail grades.
The Cascades Walk goes down to a boardwalk along the riverbank and onto the tumbling cascades.
Here there is a raised platform to enjoy the view before returning through the forest to the car park.
The Severn-Break-its-Neck Trail sets off along the river and then goes through a meadow with a boardwalk section.
It crosses a foot bridge where the River Severn thunders down a gully into the famous Severn-Break-its-Neck waterfall.
It returns to the car park on a forest road with views across the forest.
This scenic route goes through the heart of the forest alongside the River Severn to Blaen Hafren Falls.
The Source of the Severn Trail leads alongside the river and through the forest to Blaen Hafren Falls.
It then climbs steeply to the forest boundary and onto a stone path through boggy moorland to the Severn’s source - this is marked by a post.
The trail passes by a standing stone and the remains of a mine and a farmstead - look out for the information panels along the route.
The Wye Valley Walk is a 136 mile long distance walk along the River Wye to Chepstow.
Hafren Forest is the start (or end) point for this linear walk.
For more information see the Wye Valley Walk website.
The Severn Way is a 210 mile long distance walk to Bristol.
Hafren Forest is the start (or end) point for this linear route.
For more information see the Long Distance Walkers Association website.
Small sections of Glyndŵr’s Way, a National Trail, pass through the eastern edge of Hafren Forest.
For more information see the Glyndŵr’s Way website.
Sarn Sabrina is a 25 mile circular waymarked walk, part of which passes through Hafren Forest.
The route is named after the Celtic myth of Sabrina, a water nymph said to inhabit the waters of the River Severn.
For more information, see the Sarn Sabrina website.
The Sustrans cycle route 8 is a signposted route between Cardiff and Holyhead.
It passes through Hafren Forest along the road maintained by Powys County Council.
For more information see the Sustrans website.
Ospreys spend the summer by Llyn Clywedog in Hafren Forest and return to Africa in late August.
You can watch the live feed from one of the osprey nests during the breeding season (normally March to August).
Hafren Forest is 6 miles west of Llanidloes.
It is in the county of Powys.
Hafren Forest is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map 214.
The OS grid reference is SN 857 869.
Follow Short Bridge Street out of Llanidloes town centre.
Cross the river and turn left.
Follow this narrow road for 5½ miles, passing through Old Hall, and the Rhyd-y-benwch car park is on your left.
The car park can also be reached via minor roads from the northern end of Llyn Clywedog.
The nearest mainline railway station is in Caersws.
For details of public transport visit the Traveline Cymru website.
The main car park is Rhyd-y-benwch.
Car parking is free of charge here.