Black Covert Woodland, near Aberystwyth
Sheltered picnic site with riverside walk
Walks through huge beech trees with views over hills
Our sites and most visitor facilities are open but, under the current coronavirus restrictions in Wales, this is intended only for the use of people who live locally.
You are strongly advised – in line with current Welsh Government regulations – not to drive to any of our sites to exercise unless you have specific health or mobility issues.
We have changed the normal route for some of our trails to help you maintain social distancing – please follow signs on site.
The Arch car park and picnic area is named after a spectacular old masonry arch which sits by the side of the road from Devil's Bridge.
It was built in 1810 to mark the Golden Jubilee of King George III and the road used to run through it. The arch was once the gateway to the nearby Hafod Estate.
The three short walking trails all lead through huge beech trees planted over 200 years ago by Thomas Johnes who designed the Hafod mansion and grounds.
The viewpoint from the Panorama Walk has far-reaching views.
There are picnic tables on the grassy slope by the car park, overlooking the arch.
The walking trails are waymarked from start to finish.
Look out for the information panel at the start of the trails.
Find out about walking trail grades.
See huge 200 year-old beech trees planted by Hafod Estate designer, Thomas Johnes, on this short trail.
The Arch Woodland Trail winds its way uphill, passing through several areas of broadleaved trees.
It has views to the surrounding hills, especially in the areas where trees have been felled recently.
After a short but steep climb through heather and bilberry, you’ll reach the viewpoint with bench and panoramic views over the surrounding hills - on a clear day you can see Cadair Idris many miles away in Snowdonia National Park.
The trail continues down a steep slope and returns to the car park through areas of huge beech trees.
There are five waymarked walking trails at the nearby Hafod Estate which is famous for its “Picturesque” landscape.
The Cambrian Way passes by the Arch car park.
This long distance trail crosses some of the highest and wildest parts of Wales on its journey from the coast at Cardiff to Conwy.
Find out more about The Cambrian Way.
The Arch has been designated as a Dark Sky Discovery Site as it is one of the best local places to see the stars.
It is located in the Cambrian Mountains which have some of the darkest night skies in Europe.
Dark Sky Discovery Sites are places that:
Get tips for enjoying the night sky on the UK Dark Sky Discovery Partnership website
We have felled groups of larch trees infected with the fungal disease here to help stop it spreading.
The walking trails all pass through areas of recently felled trees and there are now more views from the paths to the surrounding hills.
Read more about tree health in Wales
The Arch car park is 15 miles east of Aberystwyth.
It is in the county of Ceredigion.
The Arch is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map 213.
The OS grid reference is SN 765 756.
Take the B4574 from Devil's Bridge to Cwmystwyth.
After two miles, pass a stone arch on the left and the car park and picnic area is just after it on the left.
For details of public transport visit Traveline Cymru's website.
Parking is free of charge.