Coed y Bont community woodland, near Tregaron

Small woodland with visitor facilities for everyone to enjoy

What's here

This site and visitor facilities are open – please see more details on this web page.

 

Coronavirus update

 

The Welsh Government is implementing a national coronavirus firebreak from 6pm on Friday 23 October until Monday 9 November.

 

The firebreak regulations replace the local restrictions which were in force in some parts of the country. They apply to everyone living or travelling in Wales.

 

Our sites and most visitor facilities remain open during this firebreak period but people are advised to stay at home and only visit sites in the local area to take exercise.

 

Visiting your local site safely

 

We have changed the normal route for some of our trails to help you maintain social distancing – please follow signs on site.

 

You need to wear a mask when going inside one of our buildings.

 

You can check-in via the NHS app when entering one of our buildings – scan the QR-code on the NHS Covid-19 poster on site.

 

Welcome

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

It is made up of two adjoining woods, Coed Dolgoed and Coed Cnwch.

Coed Dolgoed is a lower level, flat woodland of native broadleaf trees, mainly willow and downy birch with rowan, hazel, aspen and oak.

Coed Cnwch is an ancient woodland situated on the adjacent hillside with old oaks, areas of hazel and some conifer trees.

There is a range of visitor facilities at Coed y Bont, including two level accessible walking trails through Coed Dolgoed.

Community woodland association

Coed y Bont Community Woodland Association helps to look after the woodlands in partnership with Natural Resources Wales, within the terms of a management agreement.

Volunteers from the association undertake various maintenance tasks such as renovating and upgrading paths, installing seats and keeping vegetation in check.

Their work has increased the diversity of habitats and species here as well as improving access to the woodland for local people and visitors.

The association also organises events in the woodland including conservation days and seasonal guided walks.

Go to the Coed y Bont Facebook page.

Visitor facilities

The community association has developed a range of facilities for local people and visitors.

These include:

  • walking trails (see below)
  • benches along the paths through Coed Dolgoed, some of which are situated around the ponds
  • bench at the top of Coed Cnwch with good views
  • wildlife identification posts with information about some of the species found here
  • geocache trail (for information go to the Geocaching website)
  • picnic area and wooden shelter next to the car park
  • information boards in the car park

Visitor facilities

Walking trails

There are two purpose-built trails in the lower level, flat woodland of Coed Dolgoed.

Both trails are suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Aspen Trail

  • Grade: easy
  • Distance: ¼ mile/0.4 kilometres

This short walk takes you through a young woodland and passes by a pond with a small island.

The pond often dries out in the summer but it is a peaceful place to sit on one of the benches.

Look out for the “trembling” aspen trees - their leaves shake in the breeze and turn a golden colour in autumn.

Birchwood Trail

  • Grade: easy
  • Distance: ½ mile/0.9 kilometres

Meander through the birch trees and follow the path that goes between two small ponds.

This is a very boggy part of the woodland so look out for dragonflies in late summer.

The trail returns to the start along the forest road from where there are views of Pen-y-Bannau, a striking hill to the north.

Family walking in woodland

Other footpaths

There is a network of rougher and steeper paths through the ancient woodland of Coed Cnwch, situated on the hillside.

Strata Florida Abbey

The woodlands that make up Coed y Bont were once within the grounds of the Cistercian abbey of Strata Florida, one of the largest abbeys in Britain.

Coed y Bont is on the Strata Florida Trail and there are information boards about the abbey’s history in the car park.

The abbey ruins are nearby and are open to visitors.

For more information, go to the Cadw website.

Wildlife

Pond

Water voles and roe deer have been recorded in Coed y Bont and the abundant insect life feeds many breeding birds.

Around 80 different bird species have been seen or heard in the woodland including blue tit, great tit, nuthatch, pied flycatcher, spotted flycatcher, redstart, marsh tit and tawny owl. Red kites nest here.

The deciduous trees and ponds in Coed Dolgoed are a favourite haunt of butterflies, moths and dragonflies.

The ancient woodland of Coed Cnwch on the hillside contains centuries-old oaks and hazel trees, along with wetter areas of birch and alder.

This mosaic of mature trees is rich in lichens and fungi, including the rare hazel gloves fungus, and the woodland is especially stunning in the spring when there is a carpet of bluebells.

There are still some blocks of larch and Douglas fir here which were planted by the Forestry Commission in the 1970s. These conifer trees will gradually be removed as part of an ancient woodland restoration programme.

Dark Sky Discovery Site

Coed y Bont at night - credit Dafydd Wyn Morgan

Coed y Bont is located in the Cambrian Mountains which have some of the darkest night skies in Europe.

Coed y Bont is one of the best local places to see the stars and it has been designated as a Dark Sky Discovery Site.

Dark Sky Discovery Sites are places that:

  • are away from the worst of any local light pollution
  • provide good sightlines of the sky
  • have good public access, including firm ground for wheelchairs, and are generally freely accessible at all times

Get tips for enjoying the night sky on the UK Dark Sky Discovery Partnership website

Accessibility information

Bench on footpath

The trails around the lower woodland (Coed Dolgoed) follow easy access paths which are suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

There are several benches along the trails.

How to get here

Location

Coed y Bont community woodland is 6 miles north of Tregaron.

It is in the county of Ceredigion.

Ordnance Survey map

Coed y Bont is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map 187.

The OS grid reference is SN 737 659.

Directions

Take the B4343 from Tregaron towards Pontrhydfendigaid.

After entering Pontrhydfendigaid, turn right onto Abbey Road following the brown and white sign for Strata Florida Abbey.

After ½ mile the Coed y Bont car park is on the right.

Public transport

The nearest mainline railway station is in Aberystwyth.

There is a bus service to Pontrhydfendigaid.

For details of public transport go to the Traveline Cymru website.

Parking

Parking is free of charge.

Closures and diversions

  • Sometimes we need to close or divert trails for your safety whilst we undertake maintenance work or other operations.
  • 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 on site and any temporary diversion signs.

Contact details

Natural Resources Wales

0300 065 3000

enquiries@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk

Coed y Bont Woodland Community Association

Coed y Bont Woodland Community Association Facebook page

Coed y Bont Woodland Community Association Website

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