Carmel National Nature Reserve, near Llandeilo
Dramatic disused quarries, ancient woodland and...
Peaceful upland woodland with several waymarked trails
Caio Forest is made up of several woodlands which spread out over the uplands high above the historic village of Caio in Carmarthenshire.
The Forestry Commission planted this conifer forest on moorland in the 20th century to produce timber.
There are several waymarked circular walking trails from the car park and many miles of forest roads and tracks.
The small picnic area is set in a clearing, just over the river from the car park.
Nearby is the National Trust’s Dolaucothi estate where there are walking trails and a Roman gold mine which is open to visitors.
All of the walking trails are waymarked and start from the car park.
1 mile/1.6 kilometres, easy
This pleasant walk through the forest crosses a bridge over the stream where there is a picnic table in the clearing.
1¼ miles/2 kilometres, moderate
This trail follows grassy paths and forest roads as it makes its way up through a variety of trees.
The climb is rewarded by great views from the seat at the top.
2½ miles/4 kilometres, easy
The longest of the waymarked trails is an easy and reasonably flat walk on forest roads.
There is a network of colour-coded trails of different lengths around the nearby Dolaucothi estate.
The trails take you through woodland and past the remains of the mansion and its grounds.
For more information about the Dolaucothi estate go to the National Trust website.
Caio Forest is nine miles north west of Llandovery.
Car parking is free of charge.
Take the A40 from Llandovery towards Llandeilo. At Llanwrda, take the A482 towards Lampeter. After eight miles, turn right onto a minor road to Caio. Go through Caio village, past the church and continue onto a no through road. Bear left onto a forest track to Caio Forest car park.
Caio Forest is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map 186 or 187.
The OS grid reference for the car park is SN 679 405.
The nearest train station is in Llandovery.
For details of public transport visit Traveline Cymru's website.
Tel: 0300 065 3000
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