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Hafren Forest

Hafren Forest

Hafren Forest

Picnic Site, free entry

Near Llanidloes,
Powys,
Wales

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The car park stands on the site of a farmhouse which once bore the name Rhyd y Benwch (Upper Ford). Now the Rhyd-y-benwch picnic site acts as a gateway to a number of waymarked forest walks.

Hafren Forest was planted by the Forestry Commission in the 1930s and named after Afon Hafren (the Welsh name for the River Severn). The Source of the Severn lies just outside the forest’s boundary but you can walk to it on our waymarked walk. There are also shorter walks through the woodland to the famous Severn Break its Neck waterfall and Blaenhafren Falls and a boardwalk takes you along the riverbank to the Cascade Falls.

Hafren Forest is the start (or end) point for two long distance, linear walks - The Wye Valley Walk and The Severn Way.
Natural Resources Wales have created a number of different trails along the Severn and through the towering pine and spruce trees. All four routes are circular and are focused around the picnic area and toilet facilities at Rhyd-y-benwch.

In addition, the numerous forestry tracks and roads are also excellent terrain for the cyclist. The picnic site is situated next to a wildflower meadow which is at its best in late July.

Trails can become slippery due to adverse weather conditions. Please take extra care when in the forest. Suitable footwear should be worn at all times.

The OS grid reference is SN 857 869.

Disabled toiletsPicnic sitePublic toilets

Children welcomeDogs accepted

For full details of the visitor facilities here (including trail lengths and grades), information about any changes or temporary closures to trails or other facilities please go to the Natural Resources Wales website.

Open all the time

Prices

Free entry

Address

Near Llanidloes,
Powys,
Wales

Location and nearby places

Directions

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

What3words:

Hafren Forest is 6 miles west of Llanidloes.

It is in the county of Powys.

Hafren Forest is on Ordnance Survey (OS) Explorer map 214.

Follow Short Bridge Street out of Llanidloes - there is a brown and white sign for Hafren Forest on the side of the town hall.
Cross the river and bear left. Follow this narrow road for 6½ miles, passing through Old Hall, and the Rhyd-y-benwch car park is on the left.

The main car park is Rhyd-y-Benwch.

The nearest mainline railway station is in Caersws.

Parking: free

Facilities

  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

For full details of the visitor facilities here (including trail lengths and grades), information about any changes or temporary closures to trails or other facilities please go to the Natural Resources Wales website.

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