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Radnor Forest, Warren Wood and Nash Wood, near Llandrindod Wells

A forest with a royal pedigree and a spectacular waterfall

Walking in Nash Wood

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Overview 

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 650 metres (2150 feet). 

The wooded areas of Radnor Forest are managed by Natural Resources Wales and offer waymarked walks from three car parks (Warren Wood, Fishpools and Nash Wood) as well as numerous public rights of way.

History of Radnor Forest

Radnor Forest was once a royal hunting ground. In those days, it wasn’t a forest in the modern sense of being a heavily wooded area, but in the medieval sense of “forest” being an unenclosed area used for hunting deer. 

Within Radnor Forest, The Warren has been a popular spot for tourists for over 200 years because of its spectacular waterfall called Water Break-its-neck. This area changed from a large moorland area with rabbit warrens to a “Picturesque” forest when its Victorian owners planted lots of trees.

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

Current closures and diversionsWarning Triangle

Some of the trees in Radnor Forest have become infected with a fungus-like disease called Phytophthora ramorum. To stop the disease from spreading we need to fell the infected trees in the area. 

The Fishpools car park and Fishpools trail in Radnor Forest will be closed from 4 September while we carry out the tree felling work. We will re-open the car park and trail as soon as possible.

Warren Wood car park and Nash Wood car park are still open for people to enjoy. Read about how you can help stop the spread of tree diseases when you visit one of our forests.

Walking trails

All of the walking trails are waymarked. 

Waterfall Walk from Warren Wood car park

One third of a mile, half a kilometre

This mainly level, short walk from Warren Wood car park goes straight to the waterfall, which was a popular destination for Victorian tourists, and back to the car park.

Water Break-its-neck Trail from Warren Wood car park

Three quarters of a mile, one kilometre

This circular woodland walk from Warren Wood car park leads you above the famous Water Break-its-neck waterfall. 

Warren Trail from Warren Wood car park

1.5 miles, 2.3 kilometres

This circular walk from Warren Wood car park includes a climb of 560 feet (170 metres).  It has view of some of the largest trees in Radnorshire, many of which were planted in Victorian times.

Fishpools Trail from Fishpools car park

2.7 miles, 4 kilometres

This circular woodland trail from Fishpools car park leads to the viewpoint over Bleddfa village and the surrounding countryside. The Turbary loop is an extension to the trail and goes around the heathland.

Nash Trail from Nash Wood car park

2 miles, 3.3 kilometres

This circular trail from Nash Wood car park goes through a mix of woodlands. Halfway round, the viewpoint of Burfa Vista overlooks Radnor Forest and Hergest Ridge as well as some of the hillforts which are a common feature of this border country between Wales and England.

How to get here

Radnor Forest lies between the towns of Llandrindod Wells, Knighton and Kington.

There are three car parks managed by Natural Resources Wales within the Radnor Forest area:

  • Warren Wood car park, near New Radnor
  • Fishpools car park, Radnor Forest, near Bleddfa
  • Nash Wood car park, near Presteigne

Parking is free of charge at these car parks.

Download the location map.

Warren Wood car park

Warren Wood car park is off the A44 between Kington and Llandrindod Wells. It is a small car park with room for 8-10 cars.

The OS grid reference is SO 187 598.

Directions

From the New Radnor direction, look out, after a mile, for a brown advance warning sign for parking and information on your right. Turn here and go through the first parking area and follow the forest road uphill for Warren Wood car park. 

Fishpools car park

Fishpools car park is off the A488, approximately seven miles west of Knighton.

The OS grid reference is SO 188 683.

Directions

Follow the A488 for five and a half miles from Knighton to Bleddfa. Continue for just over a mile and Fishpools car park is on your left.

Nash Wood car park

Nash Wood car park is off the B4355, near Presteigne

The OS grid reference is SO 314 635.

Directions

Follow the B4355 From Knighton to Kington. At the T junction just before Presteigne, turn left onto the by-pass. Opposite the secondary school, turn right and the car park is down this road on your right.

Public transport

The nearest train station is in Knighton.

The 461 bus serves the local area. For details of public transport visit www.traveline.cymru

Find out more

Contact details

Tel: 0300 065 3000

Email: enquiries@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk 

Related document downloads

Radnor Forest Location map PDF [7.5 MB]

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