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.
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.
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