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Picnic Site, free entry

Brechfa Forest

Brechfa Forest

Brechfa Forest

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Abergorlech Picnic site is in a lovely wooded location where the Gorlech and Cothi Rivers meet. There is a childrens' play area and accessible picnic facilities.

‘Aber’ means the point where two rivers join, and ‘Gorlech’ is the name of the river which joins the Cothi nearby. Strangely shaped stones have been found in the river, and examples of these ‘Gorlech Stones’ are displayed in the front gardens of cottages in the villages. Sewin (sea trout) and salmon manage to find their way up the river Gorlech each year to spawn.

A forest with a difference

Forestry Commission staff created Brechfa Forest Garden (1957–1961) by planting a variety of trees, mainly coniferous, to see how well they grew. Many of the trees have matured and now form an arboretum with a difference. Instead of one or two trees of each type of tree, you will find a whole stand. Try our Forest Garden Trail to see trees from all over the world – giant redwoods from California; eucalyptus from Australia; nothofagus from South America; firs from all the continents and a variety of European species like sessile oak, walnut and spruces.

One mountain bike trail starts from this car park:

Gorlech Trail (11.8 miles, 19 kilometres).
This trail is a hard, fast, all weather surface which becomes more and more exciting as your skill level and speed progress. Highlights include perfectly sculpted berms and huge switchbacks, jumps and tabletops.

Directions:

Abergorlech Picnic Site is in Brechfa. Abergorlech is a small village located next to Brechfa Forest on the B4310 road. Follow the A482 between Lampeter and Llandovery until the turn off for Llansawel (B4302). Once in Llansawel follow signs for Abergorlech.
From the A482 between Lampeter and Llandovery, turn off onto the B4302for Llansawel. From Llansawel follow signs for Abergorlech.

Abergorlech, Llandovery, Llandeilo, Brechfa, Llanybydder, Pumsaint, Llansawel, and Rhydcymerau are the nearest towns or villages.

Public Transport:
The nearest train station is Carmarthen.

The OS grid reference is SN 585 340.

Accepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs accepted

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

Facilities

  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

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.

Location

Directions

Plan route to Brechfa Forest (NRW) using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SN 585340  Lat: 51.98685 Long: -4.06127

The A482 (Lampeter to Llandovery), the A40, and the A485 (Lampeter to Carmarthen) encompass the forest. There are numerous roads that lead to Brechfa Forest, and Abergorlech and Brechfa are small villages located next to Brechfa Forest on the B4310 road. Follow the A482 between Lampeter and Llandovery until the turn off for Llansawel (B4302). Once in Llansawel follow signs for Abergorlech.

Parking: free

Contact

Enquiries

0300 065 3000

Address

Abergorlech,
Carmarthenshire,
UK

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