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A forest with a royal pedigree and a spectacular waterfall
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.
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.
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.
All of the walking trails are waymarked.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Parking is free of charge at these car parks.
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.
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 is off the A488, approximately seven miles west of Knighton.
The OS grid reference is SO 188 683.
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 is off the B4355, near Presteigne
The OS grid reference is SO 314 635.
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.
The nearest train station is in Knighton.
The 461 bus serves the local area. For details of public transport visit www.traveline.cymru
Tel: 0300 065 3000
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