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Dyfnant Forest, near Welshpool

Horseriding trails through rolling hills and lush green valleys and a sheltered walk along River Vyrnwy

Two young women riding their horses through Dyfnant Forest

What's here

Dogs
Horse Riding
Parking
Walking trail

Overview

Dyfnant Forest is in a part of Wales renowned for its rolling hills, lush green valleys and picturesque farmsteads and villages.

It is an area rich in history, too. Owain Glyndwr, the Welsh prince who fought for Welsh independence and united Wales, once rode these hills.

Nowadays it is well known for the facilities for horse riding and carriage driving thanks to the Rainbow Trails which were developed in partnership with the Dyfnant and Vyrnwy Horse Riders and Carriage Drivers Association.

Visiting Dyfnant Forest

There are three car parks managed by Natural Resources Wales in Dyfnant Forest from which to start your visit:

  • Penyffordd – the hub for the Dyfnant Rainbow Trails for horse riders
  • Hendre - the starting point for the carriage driving routes
  • Pont Llogel - a small woodland with a waymarked short walk along the River Vyrnwy and access to two longer walks looked after by Powys County Council

Closures and diversions

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

Walking trails

The Pont Llogel Trail is waymarked and starts from Pont Llogel car park.

Two other walks, managed by Powys County Council, also depart from Pont Llogel car park.

Pont Llogel Trail

1 mile, 1.6 kilometres

The Pont Llogel Trail is a sheltered waymarked walk along the River Vyrnwy. It follows part of Glyndwr’s Way (a long distance footpath from Knighton to Welshpool). You can either return the same way or use the high level return path if you don't mind steep sections and flights of steps.

Ann Griffiths Walk

7 miles, 11 kilometres; managed by Powys County Council

This waymarked linear walk commemorates the famous hymn writer, Ann Griffiths. It winds an enchanting course down the Vyrnwy valley from Pont Llogel to Pontrobert.

Pererindod Melangell Walk

15 miles, 24 kilometres; managed by Powys County Council

This is challenging linear walk goes to Llangynog. It traces a route between the Vyrnwy and Tanat Valleys, trodden in centuries past by pilgrims, quarrymen and drovers.

Horse riding trails

Dyfnant Forest is the home of the Dyfnant Rainbow Trails, which were developed in partnership with the Dyfnant and Vyrnwy Horse Riders and Carriage Drivers Association.

  • There are nearly 100 miles of tracks and trails
  • All trails are all waymarked and colour-coded
  • Penyffordd is the hub for the routes for horse riders
  • Hendre is the starting point for the carriage driving routes

Penyffordd

Penyffordd is the hub for the Rainbow Trails routes for horse riders.

Facilities at Penyffordd car park include:

  • purpose built car park with a one way system to allow drivers of horse boxes to roll in and roll out
  • ample parking for horse trailers and cars
  • corral for horses
  • five waymarked horseriding trails

Melangell Horse Riding Trail

7 miles, 11 kilometres

Follow in the footsteps of St. Melangell with a view of the craggy hill of Allt Dolanog.

Cae Penfras Horse Riding Trail

6 miles, 10 kilometres

Take in some amazing views of the Vyrnwy valley.

Cwm Bach Horse Riding Trail

16 miles, 26 kilometres

Trot along part of Glyndwr’s Way national trail with impressive views of the Conwy valley.

Banw Horse Riding Trail

5 miles, 8 kilometres

Enjoy excellent views of the Banw valley on this trail suitable for novice riders.

Cerrig yr Helfa Horse Riding Trail

16 miles, 26 kilometres

The trail leads past the Cerrig yr Helfa hunting stones and gives lovely views over the Arran and Berwyn mountains.

Hendre

Hendre is the starting point for the carriage driving routes.

Facilities at Hendre car park include:

  • car park with hitching rails
  • picnic tables
  • quiet area to harness up and put to
  • ample space for horse boxes

Hendre Pleasure Drive

5 miles, 8 kilometres

Drive along and enjoy the excellent views of the forest and the Dyfnant valley.

Glasfryn Marathon Drive

11 miles, 17 kilometres

Take in scenic views of the Vyrnwy valley on this trail.

Gadfa Trot

7.8 miles, 12.6 kilometres

A drive with amazing view and good going for any pony.

Melangell

7 miles, 11 kilometres

Follow in the footsteps of St. Melangell with a view of the craggy hill of Allt Dolanog.

How to get here

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Directions to Pont Llogel

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.

The OS grid reference is SJ 033 154.

Car parking is free of charge.

Directions to Penyffordd

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.

The OS grid reference is SJ 033 154.

Car parking is free of charge.

Directions to Hendre

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 Pont Llogel. Turn right by Hendre cottages. The Hendre car park is 300 metres up this road on the right hand side.

The OS grid reference is SJ 029 148.

Car parking is free of charge.

Public transport

The nearest train station is in Welshpool.

For details of public transport visit www.traveline.cymru

Find out more

Contact us

Tel: 0300 065 3000

Email: enquiries@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk

 

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