Hafren Forest-Mid Wales
Walking in Hafren Forest

What is Forest Bathing?

Let your mind wander

Forest Bathing in Mid Wales

What is Forest Bathing?

This Japanese call it Shinrin Yoku which is one of the easiest meditation methods and the Japanese swear by it for relaxation, de stressing and helps to boost your wellbeing for both adults and kids.

The simple method just involves being calm and quiet amongst trees – simple right?

Tips to get you started with Forest Bathing

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  • Turn off your mobile so you can get into the zoneWalk don’t run! Move slowly through the forest, sit, stand whatever you feel comfortable doing.

  • Get a full sensory experience, what can you hear? What can you smell? What can you see that you didn’t notice before?

  • Take deep breaths (as the yogis will know this needs to be from the abdomen) when you breath out, exhale slooowly, you should exhale twice the length of your inhale (if you can)

  • Turn your thoughts to what is around you and not what you have got on your jobs list at home. Really focus on the things around you and try and clear your mind, focus on your breathing and your environment

  • Don’t close your eyes. Studies have shown that nature colours are the most soothing and people find it easier to relax when looking at greens and blues.

  • Stay as long or as short as you want, whatever’s comfortable for you, the Japanese recommend 2 hours for a complete forest bathing experience, but it is completely up to you.
Forest Bathing / Forest Therapy

Recommendations for best Forest Bathing in Mid Wales

Ystwyth Forest

Devil's Bridge

Experience the spectacular landscapes and walking trails of the forests of Ceredigion, bordered by the Mid Wales coast to the west, and sheltered to the east by the Cambrian Mountains.

Radnor Forest


With a hidden waterfall and a Royal Pedigree. Radnor forest was once a royal hunting ground which wasn't a 'forest' in the modern sense.

Hafod Forest

Devil's Bridge

The Hafod Forest occupies some 200 hectares of the Ystwyth valley and surrounding hills.

Crychan Forest

Llangammarch Wells

The Crychan & Halfway Forest is set in beautiful countryside nestling between the Brecon Beacons & the Cambrian Mountains. Miles of waymarked trails take you through tranquil gorges, along old drover's routes & past cascading waterfalls.

Hafren Forest


The Hafren Forest takes its name from the River Severn, the Afon Hafren in Welsh, which takes its rise about a mile from the western boundary of the forest, high up on the slopes of Pumlumon, the highest mountain in Mid Wales.

Block Wood


Upland conifer wood adjacent to the Kerry Ridgeway long distance path.This car park and picnic site is the access point for the Kerry Ridgeway. Additional car parks at Cider House Farm & 2 other locations.OS Grid Reference: SO149862

Ceri Forest


Ceri Forest is a coniferous forest which sits astride the Kerry Ridgeway in the uplands of Montgomeryshire.

Sarn Hills


An upland conifer woodland planted during the mid to late 1970s. The Kerry Ridgeway long distance footpath runs through the forest and is ideal for family walks & bike rides along its flat hilltop route. OS Grid Reference: SO165866

Dyfnant & Vyrwny Forests

Lake Vyrnwy

Dyfnant and Vyrnwy Forests are in a part of Mid Wales renowned for its rolling hills, lush green valleys and picturesque farmsteads and villages.

Coed y Bont Community Woodland


Coed y Bont is a community woodland situated on the edge of the village of Pontrhydfendigaid.

Cwm Rhaeadr


Welcome to Cwm Rhaeadr or valley of the waterfall. This beautiful woodland jewel has something for everyone. Having won the Royal Welsh Show gold medal for forestry in 2007 and 2009.

Abergorlech Woodland


Abergorlech is home to a picnic site with childrens' play area,where the Gorlech and Cothi rivers meet. Strangely shaped stones have been found in the river, and examples of these Gorlech Stones can be seen in the village front gardens.

Brechfa Forest


In the middle ages the forest was mainly oak and ash and was an important Royal hunting ground, while until the 20th Century wood from the forest was harvested to fuel the industrial needs of South Wales.

Byrgwm Woodland


A middle distance forest walk which undulates through a mixture of mature Douglas Fir, broad-leaved wood, clear-felled areas and forest tracks. Length of Trail: 4 Miles Approx Time: 2hours

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