The Arch, near Aberystwyth
Walks through huge beech trees with views over...
The Birchgrove Walk is closed as the path is blocked by fallen trees.
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Black Covert is a peaceful spot by the River Ystwyth which flows through this steep sided valley on its way to Aberystwyth.
There is a picnic area within the shelter of large ash, birch and sweet chestnut trees and a wooden bench right by the crystal clear water.
The Riverside Walk is a short route through the beech woodland which is carpeted with bluebells in spring.
Black Covert was once part of the nearby Trawsgoed (Crosswood) Estate; a covert is an area for raising game, probably pheasants here.
All of the walking trails are circular and are waymarked from the car park.
1½ miles, 2.7 kilometres, easy
This trail offers a gentle walk from the picnic site alongside the River Ystwyth.
It returns through the woodland which is filled with the scent of resin and swathes of bluebells in spring.
2.2 miles, 3.5 kilometres, moderate
The Birchgrove Walk passes a tranquil pond as it makes its way up to the 2000 year old hill fort of Allt-Fedw.
Here there is a viewpoint with panoramic views over rolling hills and valleys.
There are many long climbs and steep descents along this trail.
Black Covert is 9 miles south east of Aberystwyth.
It is in the county of Ceredigion.
Black Covert is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map 213.
The OS grid reference is SN 667 729.
Take the B4340 from Aberystwyth to Trawsgoed. After going through Abermagwr, turn right over the bridge (signed Llanilar B4575) then turn immediately left and left again into the car park.
The nearest train station is in Aberystwyth.
The bus service from Aberystwyth to Tregaron via Pontrhydfendigaid stops near Black Covert car park.
For details of public transport visit the Traveline Cymru website.
Parking is free of charge.
Overnight parking is not permitted.
Tel: 0300 065 3000