Cilgwyn Wood, near Llandovery

Walking trail in peaceful woodland on edge of Brecon Beacons

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Coronavirus update

 

The walking trail is open.

 

We are working hard to provide a safe and welcoming experience as our sites re-open.

 

Please take personal responsibility for your safety, making additional preparations ahead of your visit and abiding by the safety measures in place.

 

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

 

See our tips about how to plan for a safe visit.

Welcome

Tucked away in a rural corner of Carmarthenshire, Cilgwyn Wood is very easy to find from the town of Llandovery.

This peaceful woodland has a lovely mix of different trees, including large Douglas fir, old beech and spruce.

It is a small woodland with a short circular walking trail but there is lots to see all year round.

In spring, the banks beside the start of the walking trail are carpeted with bluebells.

On a hot summer’s day there are patches of dappled shade along the walking trail through the woodland and the scent of resin in the air.

If you visit in autumn, the beech trees are a riot of seasonal colour as the leaves change.

As the leaves start to fall in the colder months, they cover the walking trail with a crunchy carpet, just right for a bracing winter walk.

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.

Cilgwyn Walk

  • Grade: Moderate
  • Distance: 2 miles/3.3 kilometres
  • Total climb: 330 feet/100 metres
  • Time: 1¼ hours
  • Trail information: Suitable for families, no steps. Good level of fitness required. Walking shoes with a good grip recommended. Paths can be slippery when wet. There is good mobile phone coverage throughout the walk.

The Cilgwyn Walk is a circular waymarked trail which, although fairly short, has a steady climb and some steep sections.

It starts off on the forest road which climbs steadily and has far-reaching views over farmland. It then turns off onto a narrow grassy track through the woodland.

The track winds past beech trees and majestic conifers on a steady climb up to a pond and bench in a shady glade of beech trees.

The trail then crosses the forest road and goes alongside a bank of old beech trees, full of bluebells in spring, before dropping back down to the starting point on the forest road.

How to get here

Location

Cilgwyn Wood is three miles south west of Llandovery.

Ordnance Survey map

Cilgwyn Wood is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map OL 12.

The OS grid reference is SN 744 297.

Directions

Take the A4069 from Llandovery to Llangadog.

After 1 mile turn left along an unclassified road signposted to Myddfai and continue for another mile.

At the junction continue straight ahead and, after ½ mile, the entrance to Cilgwyn Wood is on the left just after Cilgwyn Manor Farm.

Public transport

The nearest mainline railway station is in Llandovery.

For details of public transport visit Traveline Cymru's website

Parking

Car parking is in a small area at the woodland entrance.

Car parking is free of charge.

Please park carefully, leaving the gateways clear for residents and emergency access.

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

0300 065 3000

enquiries@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk