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Nash Wood

Nash Wood

Nash Wood, looking towards Herrock and Burfa.
Nash Wood

Forest or Woodland, free entry

Nr Presteigne,
Powys,
UK

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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, Rhos Mawr at 660 metres (2166 feet) is a broad plateau which has a trig point to mark the summit.

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.

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 Rhos Mawr plateau the next highest point you come to is the Russian Urals!

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 Warren 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.

NASH WOOD
Nash Wood lies half in Wales and half in England, making it true ‘border country’. It is ideal woodland habitat to see buzzards and goshawk or you may see siskins and crossbills which thrive on the large cones produced by the noble and Douglas fir.

You also have a good chance of seeing one of the many roe deer that live here and, if you visit in autumn, keep an eye out for colourful fungi.

The Nash Wood circular walking trail goes to the Burfa Vista from which there are views over Radnor Forest and Burfa Bank, one of the many hillforts along this part of the border.

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

Please note: Sometimes NRW need to close or divert trails for your safety whilst undertaking maintenance work or forest operations. Occasionally a site 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 Presteigne,
Powys,
UK

Location and nearby places

Directions

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

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WARREN WOOD CAR PARK
Warren Wood car park is off the A44 between Kington and Llandrindod Wells.
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. It is a small car park with room for 8-10 cars.

FISHPOOLS CAR PARK
Fishpools car park is off the A488, approximately seven miles west of Knighton. Follow the A488 for five and a half miles from Knighton to Bleddfa. Continue for just over a mile and Fishpools car park is on your left.

NASH WOOD CAR PARK
Nash Wood car park is off the B4355, near Presteigne. Follow the B4355 From Knighton to Kington. At the T junction just before Presteigne, turn left onto the by-pass. Opposite the secondary school, turn right and the car park is down this road on your right.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Knighton station

Facilities

  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

Please note: Sometimes NRW need to close or divert trails for your safety whilst undertaking maintenance work or forest operations. Occasionally a site 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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