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Walking Route, free entry

Source of the Severn Boardwalk

Source of the Severn Boardwalk

Source of the Severn Boardwalk near car park

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The Source of the Severn Trail (7 miles, 11 kilometres)
An exciting new route to the source has recently been opened. Follow the white waymarkers. When reaching the forest boundary the final section of the Source of the Severn trail is via a stone path which passes through some very boggy and wet moorland which is part of the Pumlumon SSSI. The Source of the Severn itself is marked by a large wooden post and lies at 620m, 2034ft.

When you have reached the source of the Severn it is worthwhile continuing straight ahead on the stone path and over a stile. You will see some fantastic views towards the coast, and on your right are the mountains of Snowdonia.

The return leg of the route is now open. When re-entering the forest from the Source turn right on the forest road following the white waymarkers for approx 1 mile until you reach a waterfall. Follow the waymarked path downhill past a Bronze Age opencut copper mine and then past the ruins of Nant yr Eira lead mine. Keep following the route down to Afon Hore and all the way back to the first bridge you crossed.

It is also possible to reach Pen Pumlumon Arwystli (741m) by following the maps on site. The views from there are staggering and well worth the climb and extra 3.7km or 2.3 miles (1 1/2 additional hours).

Directions:

In Llanidloes town centre, face the Market Hall from Great Oak Street and take Short Bridge Street directly opposite. Follow the narrow road to Old Hall and then on to the Rhyd-y-benwch car park.

The Rhyd-y-benwch car park can also be reached from the northern end of Llyn Clywedog on minor roads.

Public Transport:

There is a train station in Caersws.

The OS grid reference is SN 857 869.

Access: Rhydybenwch Picnic Site

Duration: 4.5hours

Miles: 7

Coach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsPicnic sitePublic toiletsAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs accepted

There is open access for horse riders throughout Hafren Forest. 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

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Contact

Enquiries

0300 065 3000

Address

Llanidloes,
Powys,
UK

Location and nearby places

Directions

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

Map reference: SN 857869  Lat: 52.46850 Long: -3.68328

Directions:

By Road:

From Llanidloes town centre face the Market Hall from Great Oak Street and take Short Bridge Street directly opposite. Follow the narrow road to Old Hall.

The Rhydybenwch picnic site is 6 miles west of Llanidloes. It can also be reached from the northern end of Llyn Clywedog on minor roads.

OS Grid Reference: SN857869

Parking: free

Facilities

  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

There is open access for horse riders throughout Hafren Forest. 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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