Brechfa Forest - Keepers, near Carmarthen

What's here

Welcome

The Keepers car park is situated near Brechfa village.

It is the starting point for a riverside walk through Brechfa Forest.

There is a small picnic area under the trees in the car park.

Walking trail

The walking trail is waymarked from start to finish.

Look out for the information panel at the start of the trail.

Find out about walking trail grades.

Keepers Riverside Trail

  • Grade: Moderate
  • Distance: 2 miles/3.2 kilometres
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Trail information: This circular trail mainly follows paths through the forest. There are some short sections on forest roads which may be used by lorries for forest operations. The paths have muddy sections and there is some loose stone underfoot. The paths can be slippery after wet weather. There are some short but steep climbs up and down along the route and the trail crosses several bridges, some with steps.

The Keepers Riverside Trail sets off through towering conifer trees on its way down to the river Marlais.

It crosses the river over a wooden bridge and then climbs up a tree-lined path to continue through the forest.

The paths go alongside the river in a couple of places and you can hear the sound of water along most of the trail.

The trail crosses another couple of bridges over pretty streams on its return to the car park.

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Events and activities

Pobl y Fforest organise events and other activities in the Keepers building next to the car park.

Popl y Fforest is a community based and volunteer run not-for-profit company.

See the noticeboard in the car park for details of forthcoming events or go to the Pobl y Fforest Facebook page.

Brechfa Forest

Brechfa Forest is the modern name for part of the ancient Glyn Cothi Forest.

Glyn Cothi Forest was managed for centuries by local people in order to provide building materials, products and grazing.

In 1283, following the final defeat of Wales by Edward I, Glyn Cothi became a Royal Forest administered under Forest Law for several centuries.

Since those days a very different forest has developed. In the 1900s Brechfa Forest was replanted with conifers by the Forestry Commission to boost Britain’s timber reserve after the heavy use of timber in the First World War.

Brechfa Forest covers some 6500 hectares and is looked after by Natural Resources Wales for the benefit of people, wildlife and timber production. 

Other car parks in Brechfa Forest

There are walking and mountain bike trails from these other Natural Resources Wales car parks:

National Forest for Wales

Brechfa Forest 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 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.

How to get here

Location

Keepers car park is 13½ miles north east of Carmarthen.

It is in the county of Carmarthenshire.

Ordnance Survey map

Keepers is on Ordnance Survey (OS) Explorer map 186.

The OS grid reference is SN 522 319.

Directions

Take the A40 from Carmarthen towards Llandeilo.

Turn left onto the B4310 signposted to Brechfa.

In the village of Brechfa turn left at the village shop signposted to New Inn.

The Keepers car park is 1½ miles along this minor road on the left.

Public transport

The nearest mainline railway station is in Carmarthen.

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

Parking

Car parking is free of charge.

Overnight parking is not permitted.

Contact details

There are no staff at this location.

Contact our customer team for general enquiries during office hours, Monday to Friday.

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