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Panorama Walk Viewpoint

Panorama Walk Viewpoint

Image Credit: NRW
Panorama Walk Viewpoint

Viewpoint/Beauty Spot, free entry

Nr Aberystwyth,
Ceredigion,
UK

Details

The three walking trails are waymarked and start from the Hafod Arch car park. They are circular trails and they all return to the car park past a bench in a glade of huge beech trees.There are picnic tables on the grassy slope by the car park, overlooking the arch.

The Hafod Arch Woodland Trail (1 mile, 1.6 kilometres).
The Arch Woodland Trail winds its way uphill, passing through several areas of broadleaved trees.The old masonry arch spanning the road was built by Thomas Johnes of Hafod in 1810 to mark the Golden Jubilee of George III. This corner of the old Hafod estate offers a range of trails to suit all tastes.

Ancient Beech Trail (½ mile, 0.8 kilometres, moderate)
See huge 200 year-old beech trees planted by Hafod Estate designer, Thomas Johnes, on this short trail.

Panorama Trail (1⅓ miles, 2.1 kilometres, moderate)
After a short but steep climb through heather and bilberry, you’ll reach the viewpoint with bench and panoramic views over the surrounding hills as far as Snowdonia National Park. The trail continues down steps and returns to the car park through areas of huge beech trees. The viewpoint from the Panorama Walk has far-reaching views.

OTHER ROUTES
The Cambrian Way passes by the Arch car park. This long distance trail crosses some of the highest and wildest parts of Wales on its journey from the coast at Cardiff to Conwy.

DARK SKIES DISCOVERY SITE - Milky Way Class
The Hafod Arch has been designated as a Dark Sky Discovery Site providing excellent Dark Skies however trees can cause obstruction to views on all horizons. There is a picnic area adjacent to the car park.

DIRECTIONS TO Y BWA | THE HAFOD ARCH CAR PARK
Take the B4574 from Devil's Bridge to Cwmystwyth. The car park and picnic area is just after the stone arch on the left, approximately 3 kilometres from Devil's Bridge.

The nearest railway station is in Aberystwyth | The OS Grid Reference is: SN 765 756

The Pwllpeiran Trail gives an insight into the cultural landscape and heritage of the area with good views of the Upper Ystwyth Valley and the Hafod estate.

Why not also visit the nearby scenic Hafod Estate, famous for its Picturesque landscape, where five waymarked trails await you.

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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