Dyfnant Forest

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Dyfnant and Vyrnwy Forests are located in north Powys, a part of Mid Wales renowned for its rolling hills, green valleys and picturesque farmsteads and villages. Owain Glyndwr, the Welsh Prince who fought for Welsh independence and united Wales, once rode these hills. Dyfnant Forest itself is an upland coniferous (trees with cones) forest with open areas and streams for you to enjoy. 

Dyfnant Forest is an upland forest on the edge of the Cambrian mountains just south of Lake Vyrnwy. It forms part of the National Forest for Wales which will form a connected ecological network running throughout Wales, bringing social, economic and environmental benefits. Parts of the network will eventually form a trail running the length and breadth of Wales, so anyone can access it wherever they live.

There are numerous forest trails throughout the Dyfnant Forest including three trails from Pont Llogel Woodl which is within the Dyfnant Forest.

Pont Llogel Wood | Car Park & Picnic Site OS grid Ref: SJ 033154)
Pont Llogel is a small woodland next to the Afon Efyrnwy (River Vyrnwy) and the car park and picnic area is set beside an old stone bridge at the edge of a hamlet. This tranquil area has been designated a SSSI choice of 3 waymarked walks that start from Pont Llogel car park. The two longer walks leave from the car park and the Glyndŵr’s Way National Trail goes through Dyfnant Forest here.

The Pont Llogel trail (1 mile, 1.6 kilometres | Time 1 hour).
The Pont Llogel Walk is graded as 'Easy' and is a sheltered trail through mixed woodland alongside the River Vyrnwy. The surface of this Trail is suitable for wheelchairs and your starting point is from the picnic site.  The wide and level path follows the riverbank to a wooden bench where you can enjoy the sound of the water and birdsong. Return the same way or use the higher-level path with steep sections and flights of step where there are views through the trees to the hills before the path drops down to the riverside and follows the main trail back to the car park.

The Ann Griffiths Walk (7 miles, 11 kilometres; managed by Powys County Council).
This waymarked linear walk commemorates the famous hymn writer, Ann Griffiths. The route follows the River Vrynwy, taking in a variety of landscapes and visiting many of the places associated with Ann Griffiths’ life. It starts from the Pont Llogel car park and finishes at the Hen Gapel John Hughes in Pontrobert.

The Pererindod Melangell Walk (15 miles, 24 kilometres; managed by Powys County Council).
This challenging linear walk with long climbs linking the valley floors with huge tracts of open moorland, traces a route between the Vyrnwy and Tanat Valleys, trodden in centuries past by pilgrims, quarrymen and drovers. The walk starts just over the road from the Pont Llogel car park and finishes at Llangynog.

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Road Directions

There are three car parks managed by Natural Resources Wales in Dyfnant Forest. All three have free parking:

Directions to Pont Llogel Car Park: Take the A458 from Welshpool to Dolgellau road and turn on to the B4395 at Llangadfan to Lake Vyrnwy. After about three miles you reach the hamlet of Pont Llogel. Just over the bridge on the right hand side you will find the Pont Llogel car park.OS grid reference is SJ 033 154

Directions to Penyffordd Car Park: Penyffordd car park is located on the B4395 between Llangadfan and Lake Vyrnwy. You can get onto this road off the A458 (Mallwyd to Welshpool) at Llangadfan or off the A490 (Llanfyllin to Welshpool) at Llanfyllin, taking the B4393 and then left onto the B4395 signposted to Llwydiarth and Pont Llogel. OS grid reference is SJ 033 154

Directions to Hendre Car Park: From the Penyffordd car park: turn left onto the B4395 (from A458 Llangadfan heading to Lake Vyrnwy). Follow this road for one and a half miles before turning left by Hendre cottages on the corner. The Hendre car park is 300 metres up this road on the right hand side.

From Llanfyllin: take the B4393 and then turn left on to the B4395 signposted to Llwydiarth and Pontllogel. Turn right by Hendre cottages. The Hendre car park is 300 metres up this road on the right hand side. OS Grid Reference is SJ 029 148

Dyfnant Forest | Pont Llogel Wood

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Dyfnant & Vyrnwy Forests (NRW), Car Park & Picnic Site, Lake Vyrnwy, Powys, SY21 0QH

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