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Ystwyth Forest is near the coastal town of Aberystwyth and sits within a spectacular landscape which is characterised by river valleys.
Waymarked walking trails start from these parts of Ystwyth Forest:
The nearby Hafod Estate, famous for its “Picturesque” landscape, offers five waymarked trails.
All of the walking trails are waymarked and circular.
1.5 miles, 2.4 kilometres
This trail from Gogerddan car park includes numerous climbs and steep descents as it passes by veteran trees and several viewpoints.
1 mile, 1.6 kilometres
This trail from The Arch car park is named after the spectacular old masonry arch which was built in 1810 to mark the Golden Jubilee of King George III.
2.5 miles, 4 kilometres
This trail starts near the water wheel in the village of Pontrhydygroes and passes over the miners’ bridge high above the Ystwyth gorge. It then climbs a hill overlooking the Castell Grogwynion hill fort – one of the largest in Wales – before passing a spectacular waterfall and returning via a path along the bottom of the gorge.
0.5 mile, 1 kilometre
This trail, which include a short climb, goes from Grogwynion picnic site through part of the Ystwyth valley overlooking old lead mine workings. There are two wooden benches along the route where you can enjoy views of the surrounding countryside.
2.5 miles, 4 kilometres
This trail starts at Grogwynion picnic site and leads through beautiful mixed woodland with some huge Douglas fir trees. It is a moderate walk with numerous long climbs and steep descents.
One and a quarter miles, 2 kilometres
This trail offers a gentle walk from the picnic site and alongside the River Ystwyth returning through woodland filled with the scent of resin.
2 miles, 3.2 kilometres
This trail includes numerous long climbs and steep descents as it passes an attractive pond and the 2000 year old hill fort of Allt-Fedw. There is a viewpoint with panoramic views over rolling hills and valleys.
Ystwyth Forest is nine miles east of Aberystwyth.
There are four car parks managed by Natural Resources Wales in Ystwyth Forest:
See below for directions to these car parks and for parking advice in the village of Pontrhydygroes (which is the starting point for the Maenarthur Trail).
Parking is free of charge at these car parks.
Take the A44 from Aberystwyth to Llangurig. After approximately five kilometres take the left hand turning at Lovesgrove onto the A4159 for Machynlleth. After going through Capel Dewi you will climb a hill. When descending look for a crossroads at the bottom and turn right for Penrhyncoch. Go past huge greenhouses on your right and pass a row of houses on the left. The car park entrance appears suddenly on the left after the last house.
The OS grid reference is SN 634 837.
Take the B4574 from Devil's Bridge to Cwmystwyth. Approximately three kilometres from Devil's Bridge, you pass a stone arch on the left and the car park and picnic area is just after it.
The OS grid reference is SN 765 756.
Take the B4340 from Aberystwyth to Trawsgoed. Follow this road through Trawsgoed until the road crosses the River Ystwyth and then turn immediately left, following the river towards Pontrhydygroes. At the entrance to Pontrhydygroes village, park sensitively on the left-hand side of the road by the Miners’ Bridge (opposite the mill wheel). Go through the footpath gate to get to the walk.
The OS grid reference is SN 738 722.
Take the B4340 from Aberystwyth to Trawsgoed. Follow this road through Trawsgoed until the road crosses the River Ystwyth and then turn immediately left, following the river. The car park and picnic site is on the left a few hundred metres after the saw mill.
The OS grid reference is SN 694 715.
Take the B4340 from Aberystwyth to Trawsgoed. Turn right over the bridge (signed Llanilar B4575) then turn immediately left and left again into the car park.
The OS grid reference is SN 667 730.
The nearest train station is in Aberystwyth.
Buses pass near the car parks at Gogerddan and Black Covert. For details of public transport visit www.traveline.cymru
Tel: 0300 065 3000
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