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Radnor Forest

Radnor Forest

Radnor Forest

Forest or Woodland, free entry

Contact

Enquiries

0300 065 3000

Address

Nr Presteigne,
Powys,
UK

Details

Find a hidden waterfall in this forest with a royal pedigree

Radnor Forest was once a royal hunting ground which wasn’t a forest in the modern sense of being a heavily wooded area, but in the medieval sense of “forest” being an unenclosed area used for hunting deer. The area still called Radnor Forest is a land of hill farming and great moorlands, steep narrow valleys and hills, rising up to the highest point in Radnorshire, Black Mixen at 650m (2150ft). The Water-break-its-neck waterfall at the Warren was popular with Victorian tourists. Nowadays the wooded part of Radnor Forest is looked after by Natural Resources Wales.

Forest with a view

Open areas within the forest offer stunning views to Cader Idris and Snowdonia in the north-west, the Long Mynd to the north-east, across to the Malvern hills to the east and the Brecon Beacons to the south. It has been said that if you travel due east from the Black Mixen hill at the top of the forest the next highest point you come to is the Russian Urals!

Enjoying Radnor Forest

Apart from areas where trees are being cut down the forest is open to all on foot, horseback and mountain bike. A local company (Dragon Driving) also provide carriage drives through the forest. Numerous public rights of way run through the forest and can be used to link up different areas without having to stick to the forest roads. There are also five waymarked trails that start from Wareen Wood, Fishpools and Nash Wood car parks.

If you enjoy these walks why not try the 7 mile linear Radnor Forest Valleys Walk. This is a waymarked route linking up the villages of Bleddfa, Llangunllo, Pilleth, Whitton and Cascob, all places of interest surrounding the forest offering you the chance to find out more about and explore the surrounding countryside.

Directions:

There are three car parks managed by Natural Resources Wales within the Radnor Forest area:
Warren Wood car park, near New Radnor
Fishpools car park, near Bleddfa
Nash Wood car park, near Presteigne

Parking is free of charge at these car parks.

Public Transport:

The nearest train station is Knighton.

The OS grid refs are:

Warren Wood car park SO 187 598
Fishpools car park SO 188 683
Nash Wood car park SO 314 635

Children welcomeDogs accepted

The wooded areas of Radnor Forest are managed by Natural Resources Wales and offer waymarked walks from three car parks (Warren Wood, Fishpools and Nash Wood) as well as numerous public rights of way. 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

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

Map reference: SO 185582  Lat: 52.21648 Long: -3.19397

From the New Radnor direction, look out, after a mile, for a brown advance warning sign for parking and information on your right. Turn here and go through the first parking area and follow the forest road uphill for Warren Wood car park.

Fishpools car park is off the A488, approximately seven miles west of Knighton.

The OS grid ref is SO 188 683

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Knighton station

Facilities

  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

The wooded areas of Radnor Forest are managed by Natural Resources Wales and offer waymarked walks from three car parks (Warren Wood, Fishpools and Nash Wood) as well as numerous public rights of way. 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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