Halfway Forest, near Llandovery

Walking trails on forest roads and old drovers tracks

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.



Halfway Forest is set in beautiful countryside between the Brecon Beacons and the Cambrian Mountains.

The Forestry Commission created forests like Halfway across the UK after the country’s timber stocks had been run down during the First World War.

It is easy to find, just off the A40, and is an ideal spot to stretch your legs or have a picnic.

There are two waymarked walking trails and picnic benches around the car park and by the river.

Walking trails

Man on trail in woodlandThe walking trails are waymarked and start from Halfway car park.  

Nant y Dresglen Trail

1¼ miles, 2.1 kilometres, easy

The Nant y Dresglen Trail is a circular route which winds through the trees, never going far from the waters of Nant y Dresglen.

Melin y Glyn Trail

2¼ miles, 3.6 kilometres, moderate

Follow an old county road along the western side of the valley, before reaching the forest road bridge, at Melin y Glyn.

A mill used to be here many years ago, now there’s hardly a trace of it.

Return along a track through the trees and the forest road.

Horse riding and carriage driving

There is open access for horse riders and carriage driving throughout Halfway Forest, apart from the military training area on the Epynt and around Sennybridge.

The Halfway car park has tethering posts and space for horseboxes.

There is limited space for carriages in the Halfway car park. 

The horse riding trails were created in partnership with the Crychan Forest Association. 

For details of the trails go to the Crychan Forest Association website.

There are also horse riding trails in Crychan Forest at Brynffo, Esgair Fwyog and Cefn Farm.

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

How to get here


Halfway car park is five miles east of Llandovery off the A40 between Llandovery and Brecon.

This site straddles the county borders of Powys and Carmarthenshire.

Parking is free of charge.

Download the location map.


Take the A40 from Llandovery to Brecon and, after 5 miles, the car park is signposted on the left up a short unclassified road.

Ordnance Survey map

Halfway is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map 187.

The OS grid reference is SN 835 330.

Public transport

The nearest train station is in Llandovery.

For details of public transport visit Traveline Cymru's website.

Contact details

Tel: 0300 065 3000

Email: enquiries@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk 


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