Black Covert Woodland, near Aberystwyth
Sheltered picnic site with riverside walk
Woodland walk with views over the valley
Fishpools is in the area known as Radnor Forest which was used as a royal hunting ground for centuries.
In medieval times, rather than being covered with trees, it was an unenclosed area for hunting deer.
Nowadays it is a landscape of hill farming, moorlands, steep narrow valleys and hills.
The waymarked walking trail from Fishpools car park leads to a viewpoint over the village of Bleddfa and the surrounding countryside.
Bleddfa means “place of the wolf” and tradition has it that the last wolves in Wales were driven out of Radnor Forest into the valley here and killed.
The walking trail is waymarked from the car park.
2¾ miles, 4.3 kilometres, moderate
The trail first passes an old water sighting tower used to survey the line of pipeline from the Elan Valley to a reservoir in the Midlands.
Further along, there are beautiful views to the west, out across the valley and the hills surrounding Abbey Cwm Hir.
The optional loop goes around the heathland where local people once had the right to cut peat for fuel (an ancient right known as “turbary”).
Fishpools is in the area known as Radnor Forest.
There are walking trails at two other woodlands managed by Natural Resources Wales within Radnor Forest.
Fishpools car park is 7 miles west of Knighton.
Parking is free of charge.
From Knighton take the A488 to the small village of Bleddfa. Continue along this road for just over 1 mile and Fishpools car park is on the left.
Fishpools is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map 200.
The OS grid reference is SO 188 681.
The nearest train station is in Knighton.
For details of public transport visit Traveline Cymru's website.
Tel: 0300 065 3000
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