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Walking Route, free entry

Brechfa Forest

Brechfa Forest

Brechfa Forest

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Byrgwm Forest Walk (4 Miles, 6.4 kilometres)
This middle distance forest walk which undulates through a mixture of mature Douglas Fir, broad-leaved wood, clear-felled areas and forest tracks.
The waymarked walking trail passes a derelict smallholding, one of a number of similar ruins throughout Brechfa Forest. These are a poignant reminder that more people used to live off the land here.

Mountain bikers of all abilities can enjoy the woodland, too, as there is a trail for beginners and families and a black route for proficient riders.

Derwen green (easy) grade Trail (5.7 miles, 9.2 kilometres).
Typically, green trails are all on forest roads or canal towpaths - but not in Brechfa Forest! Named after the oak woodland it effortlessly flows through, the Derwen trail gives the inexperienced off-road rider a unique introduction to the world of mountain biking with some steady climbs and fun descents.

Derwen Trail blue (moderate) grade extension (2.6 miles, 4.2 kilometres).
This an extension to the green Derwen Trail which you join halfway along the green route. It then climbs a steeper bank before taking in a long, fast descent and rejoining the green trail to return to the car park.

Raven Trail black (severe) grade (11 miles, 18.2 kilometres).
This trail was designed by Rowan Sorrell and Brian Rumble, who are well known in the mountain biking world.

Suitable only for proficient bikers, the trail takes goes out into the more interesting corners of the forest. It mixes up the more traditional narrow woodland singletracks with some brash descents and fast, undulating trail between trees, into berms and over jumps.

Directions:

Byrgwm is two miles north-east of Brechfa village on the B4310.

From the A40 between Llandeilo and Carmarthen, take the B4310 towards Brechfa village.

Public Transport:

The nearest station is in Carmarthen.

The OS grid reference is SN 585 340.

More information in relation to whether or not they are suitable for you and where you can get training can be found on the Natural Resources Wales website.

Accepts groups

Children welcomeDogs 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

Contact

Enquiries

0300 065 3000

Address

Abergorlech,
Carmarthenshire,
UK

Location and nearby places

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

Facilities

  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • 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.

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