Radnor Forest - Fishpools, near Knighton

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Fishpools is in the area known as Radnor Forest, a landscape of hill farming, moorlands, steep narrow valleys and hills.

The walking trail goes past an old Birmingham Water Board sighting tower and to a viewpoint over the village of Bleddfa and the surrounding countryside.

Bleddfa means “place of the wolf” and tradition has it that the last wolves in Wales were driven out of Radnor Forest into the valley here and killed.

There are far-reaching views from 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.

Fishpools Walk

  • Grade: moderate
  • Distance: 2½ miles/3.8 kilometres
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Trail information: The route climbs gently uphill on a forest road and then follows a track with a loose stone surface through the woodland. After the second viewpoint, the trail turns off the track and descends steeply on a narrower path with tree roots underfoot. There are benches at both the viewpoints.

The trail first passes an old water sighting tower used to survey the line of pipeline from the Elan Valley to a reservoir in the Midlands.

Further along there are beautiful views to the west, out across the valley and the hills surrounding Abbey Cwm Hir.

There is an optional loop (½ mile/0.9 kilometres) that goes around the heathland where local people once cut peat for fuel (an ancient right known as “turbary”).

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Radnor Forest

Fishpools is in the area known as Radnor Forest.

Radnor Forest was once a royal hunting ground. In those days it wasn’t an area covered in trees but an unenclosed piece of land, legally set aside for the Norman kings to hunt deer.

Today Radnor Forest is a land of hill farming and great moorlands, steep narrow valleys and hills, rising up to the highest point in Radnorshire, Black Mixen at 2150 feet (650 metres).

There are walking trails at two other woodlands managed by Natural Resources Wales within Radnor Forest.

Go to Nash Wood and Warren Wood for more information.

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

Fishpools car park is 8 miles west of Knighton.

It is in the county of Powys.

Ordnance Survey map

Fishpools is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map 200.

The OS grid reference is SO 188 681.

Directions

From Knighton take the A488 to the village of Bleddfa.

After passing through Bleddfa, continue along this road for just over 1 mile and the entrance sign for Fishpools car park is on the left.

Turn off here and follow the track to the car park.

Public transport

The nearest mainline railway station is in Dolau.

For details of public transport go to the Traveline Cymru website.

Parking

Parking is free of charge.

Overnight parking is not permitted.

Contact details

0300 065 3000

enquiries@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk

Related document downloads

Radnor Forest leaflet PDF [2.8 MB]

Other places in Mid Wales

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