The Crychan and Halfway Forest is set in beautiful countryside nestling between the Brecon Beacons and the Cambrian Mountains. Here miles of waymarked trails take you through tranquil grassy gorges, along old drover's routes and past cascading waterfalls, taking in breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains of Mid Wales.
The Forest is beautifully situated at the gateway of the Cambrian mountains, on the border of the Brecon Beacons National Park. There is a contrast of trees from the native oak, ash, beech and hazel of the original ancient forest, to the imported conifers, which have a beauty all of their own. Depending on the season, the colours vary from the winter whites of snowdrops, the yellow hues of daffodils and gorse, the spectacular sight of the blue haze made up of thousands of bluebells, and the golden amber of the autumn foliage.
The many miles of way-marked routes with breathtaking views, are on forest roads, criss-crossed with old tracks and drovers roads providing a safe environment for horse riding, cycling and walking. The drove roads were once used to drive livestock through the wild mountains of mid-Wales en route to Smithfield Market in London. The horse trails follow old tracks where possible, whereas the cycle routes follow the varied gradients of forest roads. All these routes are available to walkers.
On these tracks which run over hills and through wooded valleys, you may be lucky enough to see a variety of wild life, including red kites, honey buzzards, goshawks, many more birds and animals. You may come across the ivy-clad ruins of one of the old farms that once dotted this area.
Try horseriding routes galore and more!
Crychan and Halfway Forests are criss-crossed with many old tracks and drovers routes. Years ago, before the trees were planted, cattle and sheep passed through here from the wild mountains of mid-Wales on their way to Smithfield Market in London.
Nowadays you won't hear the bleating of sheep or the lowing of cattle, more likely the cry of a buzzard or red kite as they soar on the rising currents of air.
There are two trails that start from the Halfway car park:
Nant y Dresglen Trail (2.2 miles, 3.6 miles).
This trail is a circular walk which winds its way through the trees, never going far from the waters of Nant y Dresglen.
Allt Troedrhiw-fer Cycle Trail (3.91 miles, 6.3 kilometres).
The Allt Troedrhiw-fer Trail follows the gentle gradients of forest roads over the waters of Nant y Dresglen before returning along the side of Allt Troedrhiw-fer.
A link joins onto the Epynt Way, a 50 mile long bridleway around the boundary of the Sennybridge military training area on land controlled by the Ministry of Defence.
Many miles of horse trails and cycle routes link the four car parks at Brynffo, Esgair Fwyog, Cefn Farm and Halfway.Shortcuts onto the Epynt Way long distance bridleway,which traverses the Sennybridge Military Training Area, are also marked.
These horse riding trails start at the Halfway car park:
Cefn Arthen Horse Riding Trail (3.9 miles, 5.6 kilometres)
The Cefn Arthen Trail starts from Halfway car park and can be extended by following the Cwm y Glyn Trail (see below). The circular trail climbs steadily from the waters of Nant y Dresglen and offers excellent views of the western Brecon Beacons.
Cwm y Glyn Horse Riding Trail (4 miles, 6.5 kilometres – extension to Cefn Arthen Trail)
This circular extension to the Cefn Arthen trail follows the public road up to the army ranges before turning back along tracks with good views across Cwm y Glyn.
Cefn Arthen-Cwm Crychan Horse Riding Trail (5.9 miles, 9.5 kilometres – link from Cefn Arthen Trail)
This is a linear link from the Cefn Arthen trail to join the Cwm Crychan Trail. The trail goes past the Babel shelter and rewards you with excellent views of the western Brecon Beacons.
Wherever possible, the horse trails follow old tracks. Cycle routes mostly keep to the gentle gradients on forest roads. Walkers can use either.
We created the trails in partnership with the Crychan Forest Association.
Cefn Arthen Horse Riding Trail (3.9 miles, 5.6 kilometres).