Nash Wood, near Presteigne

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Coronavirus update


Our sites and most visitor facilities are open.


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



Nash Wood lies half in Wales and half in England, making it true ‘border country’.

The circular walking trail goes to the Burfa Vista from which there are views over Radnor Forest and Burfa Bank, one of the many hillforts along this part of the border.

Nash Wood is ideal woodland habitat to see buzzards and goshawk or you may see siskins and crossbills which thrive on the large cones produced by the noble and Douglas fir.

You also have a good chance of seeing one of the many roe deer that live here and, if you visit in autumn, keep an eye out for colourful fungi.

Walking trail

The walking trail is waymarked from the car park.

Nash Trail

2 miles/3.3 kilometres, moderate

Mother and child walking in woodland

The Nash Trail climbs steadily from the car park through the woodland to the forest road from which there are wonderful views to Presteigne and beyond to the hills of the Welsh Marches.

There is an optional shorter route downhill back to the car park or another steady climb to the Burfa Vista viewpoint with bench.

From here there are views south over the Radnor valley and to Herefordshire in the distance.

Radnor Forest

View from Fishpools Trail

Nash Wood is in the area known as Radnor Forest.

Radnor Forest was once a royal hunting ground but it wasn’t an area covered in trees, which is our understanding of the word ‘forest’.

To the Norman kings it was an unenclosed piece of land, legally set aside for them to hunt deer.

Today Radnor Forest is a land of hill farming and great moorlands, steep narrow valleys and hills, rising up to the highest point in Radnorshire, Black Mixen at 2150 feet (650 metres).

There are walking trails at two other woodlands managed by Natural Resources Wales within Radnor Forest.

Go to Warren Wood and Fishpools for more information.

National Forest for Wales

Nash Wood forms part of the National Forest for Wales.

The National Forest will:

  • create areas of new woodland
  • enhance existing woodlands
  • restore Wales’ irreplaceable ancient woodlands.

In time it will form a connected ecological network running throughout Wales, bringing social, economic and environmental benefits.

For more information about the National Forest for Wales go to the Welsh Government website.

Closures and diversions

  • 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


Nash Wood car park is 500 metres south of Presteigne.

It is in the county of Powys.

Ordnance Survey map

Nash Wood is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map 201.

The OS grid reference is SO 314 635.


Follow the B4355 from Knighton to Kington. At the T-junction just before Presteigne, turn left onto the by-pass. Turn right opposite the secondary school and then bear right at the Natural Resources Wales parking sign and follow the road to the car park.

Public transport

The nearest train station is in Knighton.

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


Parking is free of charge.

Overnight parking is not permitted.

Contact details

0300 065 3000

Related document downloads

Radnor Forest leaflet PDF [2.8 MB]

Other places in Mid Wales

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