Crychan Forest – Halfway, near Llandovery

What's here


Halfway is one of our car parks in Crychan Forest.

It is easy to find, just off the A40 a few miles from Llandovery, and is an ideal spot to stretch your legs.

The two waymarked walking trails both go alongside the stream.

There are picnic benches around the car park and by the river.

Walking trails

The walking trails are waymarked from start to finish.

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

Find out about walking trail grades.

Nant y Dresglen Trail

  • Grade: Easy
  • Distance: 1¼ miles/2.1 kilometres
  • Time: 45 minutes

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

  • Grade: Moderate
  • Distance: 2¼ miles/3.6 kilometres
  • Time: 1½ hours

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 along the forest road.

Crychan Forest

Halfway car park is within Crychan Forest.

Set in beautiful countryside between the Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons) National Park and the Cambrian Mountains, Crychan Forest is criss-crossed with many old tracks that linked the farms that were once here.

In the 1930s the Forestry Commission bought the farms and land and planted trees here as part of the efforts across the UK to replenish timber stocks which had been run-down during the First World War.

A few ruined dwellings remain and you may come across them as you explore.

The forest is made up of oak, ash, beech, hazel and conifers and the colours vary depending on the season from bluebells in the spring to the golden hues of autumn.

Nowadays it provides valuable timber and is home to a wide variety of wildlife.

Goshawks, buzzards and red kites nest here, and you may catch a glimpse of roe deer.

As well as the walking trails from Halfway there are walking trails from our three other car parks in Crychan Forest:

Halfway car park is the easiest of these to reach as it is situated just off the A40, a few miles from Llandovery.

The car parks at Brynffo, Cefn Farm and Esgair Fwyog are located on minor roads off the A483 between Llandovery and Builth Wells.

Horse riding in Crychan Forest

There is open access for horse riding throughout Crychan Forest.

Our car parks in Crychan Forest are the starting point for many miles of horse riding on forest roads and old tracks.

There are also shortcuts onto the Epynt Way, a 50 mile long bridleway around the boundary of the Sennybridge military training area.

Facilities for horse riders at our car parks include corrals and tethering rails.

The car parks at Halfway and Brynffo are the most suitable for horse boxes.

There is access for carriage drivers at Brynffo car park.

For more information about horse riding in Crychan Forest, go to the Crychan Forest Association website.

National Forest for Wales

Crychan 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

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

Parts of the network will eventually form a trail running the length and breadth of Wales, so anyone can access it wherever they live.

For more information go to the National Forest for Wales 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


Halfway car park is 5 miles east of Llandovery.

It straddles the county borders of Powys and Carmarthenshire.

Ordnance Survey map

Halfway car park is on Ordnance Survey (OS) Explorer map 187 and OL 12.

The OS grid reference is SN 835 330.


Take the A40 from Llandovery towards Brecon.

After 5 miles, turn left following the brown and white sign for Crychan Forest Trails.

Follow the short unclassified stone track to Halfway car park.

Public transport

The nearest mainline railway station is in Llandovery.

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


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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