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Family picnicing at Pont Llogel Dyfnant Forest.

Family picnicing at Pont Llogel Dyfnant Forest.

Family having a picnic at Pont Llogel Dyfnant Forest.

Picnic Site, free entry

Details

This is a small woodland next to the Afon Efyrnwy.

This tranquil area has been designated a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) because of its wide range of plants. We removed a lot of coniferous trees (trees with cones) to allow light to reach the woodland floor and encourage native plants and trees like oak and hazel to grow.

Choice of walks
You can follow our sheltered waymarked walk along the River Vyrnwy and either return the same way or use the high level return path if you don't mind steep sections and flights of steps.

The Pont Llogel Walk follows part of Glyndwr’s Way (commemorating the Welsh folk-hero who gave Wales a brief taste of independence), a long distance footpath from Knighton to Welshpool.

You can also start two walks looked after by Powys County Council from here. The 7-mile linear Ann Griffiths Walk (commemorating the famous hymn writer) winds an enchanting course down the Vyrnwy valley from Pont Llogel to Pontrobert. The way marked route runs in harmony with sections of Glyndwrs Way, giving walkers various options including a 16 mile figure-of-eight excursion from Pont Llogel, plus two circular walks from Pont Llogel or Pontrobert. There is a short flat section of this walk down to the riverside, which is suitable for wheelchair users and families with small children.

Another walk, the challenging Pererindod Melangell, starts from across the road and goes to Llangynog, 15 miles away. This challenging 15-mile linear walk traces a route between the Vyrnwy and Tanat Valleys, trodden in centuries past by pilgrims, quarrymen and drovers. It’s an undulating route with long climbs linking the valley floors with huge tracts of open moor-land.

Experienced walkers should have no difficulties in completing this walk in one day. Recreational walkers may find it better split in two, breaking the route at Llanwyddyn, where there are plenty of facilities based around Lake Vyrnwy.

Directions

Take the A458 Welshpool to Dolgellau road and turn on to the B4395 at Llangadfan to Lake Vyrnwy. Proceed into the hamlet of Pont Llogel after about 3 miles. Just over the bridge on the right hand side you will find the Natural Resources Wales car park.

OS Grid Reference: SJ033154

Disabled accessPicnic site

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs accepted

There are three car parks managed by Natural Resources Wales in Dyfnant Forest from which to start your visit. All three have free parking: Penyffordd – the hub for the Dyfnant Rainbow Trails for horse riders. The facilities here are: Purpose built car park with a one way system to allow drivers of horse boxes to roll in and roll out. Ample parking for horse trailers and cars. Corral for horses. Hendre - the starting point for the carriage driving routes. The facilities here are: Car park with hitching rails. Picnic tables. Quiet area to harness up and put to. Ample space for horse boxes. Pont Llogel - a small woodland with a waymarked short walk along the River Vyrnwy and access to two longer walks looked after by Powys County Council. Please note: Sometimes we need to close or divert trails for your safety whilst we undertake maintenance work or forest operations. Occasionally 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 onsite and make sure you follow any temporary diversion signs in place.

Open all the time

Prices

Free entry

Location

Directions

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Map reference: SJ 033154  Lat: 52.72803 Long: -3.43261

Directions to Pont Llogel:

Take the A458 from Welshpool to Dolgellau road and turn on to the B4395 at Llangadfan to Lake Vyrnwy. After about three miles you reach the hamlet of Pont Llogel. Just over the bridge on the right hand side you will find the Pont Llogel car park.

The OS grid reference is SJ 033 154

Directions to Penyffordd:

Penyffordd car park is located on the B4395 between Llangadfan and Lake Vyrnwy. You can get onto this road off the A458 (Mallwyd to Welshpool) at Llangadfan or off the A490 (Llanfyllin to Welshpool) at Llanfyllin, taking the B4393 and then left onto the B4395 signposted to Llwydiarth and Pont Llogel.

The OS grid reference is SJ 033 154

Directions to Hendre:

From the Penyffordd car park: turn left onto the B4395 (from A458 Llangadfan heading to Lake Vyrnwy). Follow this road for one and a half miles before turning left by Hendre cottages on the corner. The Hendre car park is 300 metres up this road on the right hand side.

From Llanfyllin: take the B4393 and then turn left on to the B4395 signposted to Llwydiarth and Pontllogel. Turn right by Hendre cottages. The Hendre car park is 300 metres up this road on the right hand side.

The OS Grid Reference is SJ 029 148

Parking: free

Facilities

  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

There are three car parks managed by Natural Resources Wales in Dyfnant Forest from which to start your visit. All three have free parking: Penyffordd – the hub for the Dyfnant Rainbow Trails for horse riders. The facilities here are: Purpose built car park with a one way system to allow drivers of horse boxes to roll in and roll out. Ample parking for horse trailers and cars. Corral for horses. Hendre - the starting point for the carriage driving routes. The facilities here are: Car park with hitching rails. Picnic tables. Quiet area to harness up and put to. Ample space for horse boxes. Pont Llogel - a small woodland with a waymarked short walk along the River Vyrnwy and access to two longer walks looked after by Powys County Council. Please note: Sometimes we need to close or divert trails for your safety whilst we undertake maintenance work or forest operations. Occasionally 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 onsite and make sure you follow any temporary diversion signs in place.

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