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Gorge Walk

Gorge Walk

Gorge Walk

Picnic Site, free entry

Nr Aberystwyth,
Ceredigion,
UK

Details

Black Covert Woodland just 9 miles south east of Aberystwyth, is a peaceful spot on the banks the River Ystwyth which flows through this steep sided valley meandering its way to Aberystwyth. Black Covert got its name from the Trawsgoed (Crosswood) Estate it was once part of and ‘covert’ is an area for raising game, probably pheasants that were once raised in area.

PICNIC SITE
The Black Covert picnic site shelters under large Ash, Birch and Sweet chestnut trees with the beautiful Afon Ystwyth rushing by. You can choose to do the gentle riverside walk alongside of the crystal clear water. or try the more strenuous Birchgrove/Coed Alltfedw walk.

RIVERSIDE WALK (1.75 miles, 2 kilometres).
This trail offers a gentle walk through beech woodland from the picnic site and alongside the River Ystwyth returning through woodland filled with the scent of resin. In the spring the area is carpeted with bluebells.

BIRCHGROVE WALK (2 miles, 3.2 kilometres).
This trail includes numerous long climbs and steep descents as it passes an attractive pond and the 2000 year old hill fort of Allt-Fedw. There is a viewpoint with panoramic views over rolling hills and valleys.

Directions to Black Covert: The woodland is 9 miles south-eats of Aberystwyth off the B4340 from Aberystwyth to Trawsgoed. Black Covert picnic site is 1 kilometre south of Abermagwr. Turn right over the bridge (signed Llanilar B4575) then turn immediately left and left again into the car park.

Public transport: The bus service from Aberystwyth to Tregaron via Pontrhydfendigaid stops near Black Covert car park.

The OS Grid Reference is: SN 667 730

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

Address

Nr Aberystwyth,
Ceredigion,
UK

Location and nearby places

Directions

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

Map reference: SN 765755  Lat: 52.36363 Long: -3.81420

Directions:

Ystwyth Forest is nine miles east of Aberystwyth.

There are four car parks managed by Natural Resources Wales in Ystywth Forest: See below for directions to these car parks and for parking advice in the village of Pontrhydygroes (which is the starting point for the Maenarthur Trail).

Parking is free of charge at these car parks.

Gogerddan Woodland Car Park - OS grid reference is SN 718 813.
Take the A44 from Aberystwyth to Llangurig. After approximately five kilometres take the left hand turning at Lovesgrove onto the A4159 for Machynlleth. After going through Capel Dewi you will climb a hill. When descending look for a crossroads at the bottom and turn right for Penrhyncoch. Go past huge greenhouses on your right and pass a row of houses on the left. The car park entrance appears suddenly on the left after the last house.

The Hafod Arch Car Park - OS grid reference is SN 765 756.
Take the B4574 from Devil's Bridge to Cwmystwyth. Approximately three kilometres from Devil's Bridge, you pass a stone arch on the left and the car park and picnic area is just after it.

Pontrhydygroes (the starting point for the Maenarthur Trail) - OS grid reference is SN 738 722.
Take the B4340 from Aberystwyth to Trawsgoed. Follow this road through Trawsgoed until the road crosses the River Ystwyth and then turn immediately left, following the river towards Pontrhydygroes. At the entrance to Pontrhydygroes village, park sensitively on the left-hand side of the road by the Miners’ Bridge (opposite the mill wheel). Go through the footpath gate to get to the walk.

Grogwynion Woodland Car Park - OS grid reference is SN 694 715.
Take the B4340 from Aberystwyth to Trawsgoed. Follow this road through Trawsgoed until the road crosses the River Ystwyth and then turn immediately left, following the river. The car park and picnic site is on the left a few hundred metres after the saw mill.

Black Covert Woodland Car Park - OS grid reference is SN 667 730.
Take the B4340 from Aberystwyth to Trawsgoed. Turn right over the bridge (signed Llanilar B4575) then turn immediately left and left again into the car park.

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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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