Pen Arthur Wood, near Llandovery

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Pen Arthur Wood lies on the western edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

This woodland is made up of an attractive mix of conifers and native broadleaved trees.

You can follow the forest roads uphill to enjoy views of the Tywi Valley on one side and of the Black Mountain on the other side.

You can also join the Beacons Way long distance route which passes close to Pen Arthur Wood.

Walking trail

The route is not waymarked.

See the information panel in the car park for the suggested route.

Find out about walking trail grades.

Banc Carreg-foel-gam Viewpoint route

  • Grade: Strenuous
  • Distance: 4½ miles/7.3 kilometres (there and back)
  • Time: 3 hours
  • Trail information: This route is not waymarked. See the information panel in the car park for the suggested route. This walk is uphill on a forest road all the way to the viewpoint so a high level of fitness is needed. The short circuit at the top can be wet so walking boots are recommended. Return to the car park back down the same forest road.

Great views on a clear day of the Black Mountain and the Tywi Valley are your reward for a long climb up to up to Banc Carreg-foel-gam (350m/1150ft above sea level).

The viewpoint is on a short circuit through moorland at the end of the forest road.

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The Beacons Way

The Beacons Way is a 99 mile (159 kilometre) long distance route through the Brecon Beacons National Park.

You can follow a public footpath from the Banc Carreg-foel-gam viewpoint in Pen Arthur Wood to join the section of the Beacons Way to the summit of Garn Goch.

For a circular route, you can return on a minor road to the east of the village of Bethlehem.

Please note that this suggested route is not waymarked and you are not on Natural Resources Wales land once you leave the wood.

For more information about the Beacons Way go to the Brecon Beacons National Park website.

Brecon Beacons National Park

Pen Arthur Wood lies on the western edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

The National Park covers approximately 520 square miles of mountains and moorland in South and Mid Wales.

It is looked after by the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority.

For more information about visiting the Brecon Beacons go to the Brecon Beacons National Park website.

Closures and diversions

Sometimes we need to close or divert trails for your safety whilst we undertake maintenance work or other operations.

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 on site and any temporary diversion signs.

How to get here

Pen Arthur Wood is 8 miles south west of Llandovery.

It is in the county of Carmarthenshire.

Directions

Take the A4089 from Llandovery to Llangadog.

Take the A4069 from Llangadog towards Brynaman.

After 2½ miles the entrance to Pen Arthur Wood is on the right.

Ordnance Survey map

Pen Arthur Wood is on Ordnance Survey (OS) Explorer map OL 12.

The OS grid reference is SN 718 252.

Public transport

The nearest mainline railway station is in Llangadog.

For details of public transport visit the Traveline Cymru's website.

Parking

Car parking is free of charge.

Overnight parking is not permitted.

Contact details

There are no staff at this location.

Contact our customer team for general enquiries during office hours, Monday to Friday.

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