Talley Woodlands, near Llandovery

Steep climb up wooded hillside with views of a ruined abbey

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Coronavirus update


The walking trails are 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.


Talley Woodlands overlook an historic Carmarthenshire village in the River Cothi valley.

The village of Talley grew up around an abbey that was founded in the 12th century.

The abbey was dissolved by Henry VIII and the stone was used to build much of the present village and chapel.

There are views of the abbey ruins, which are maintained by Cadw, from the three walking trails.

The walking trails all include some steep uphill paths.

Walking trails

All of the walking trails are waymarked and start from the small layby near the woodland entrance, just beyond the abbey car park.

These walking trails all include a steep climb and take you to a viewpoint with a bench to enjoy the views.

Big Trees Walk

1¼ miles, 2.2 kilometres, strenuous

This trail passes through a former arboretum which is home to huge oak, ash, pine and spruce trees.

Talley Views Walk

1¾ miles, 2.9 kilometres, strenuous

This walk climbs steeply up a gorse-covered hill on a zig-zag path.

Along the way, there are to Talley village and the Cothi Valley.

Cwm yr Efail Walk

2½ miles, 4 kilometres, strenuous

The longest of the three trails climbs steeply up forest roads through Cwm yr Efail to the spectacular viewpoint before winding its way downhill back to the car park.

Closures and diversions

Please note:

  • 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

Talley Woodlands are 12 miles west of Llandovery. 

Car parking is in a small layby near the forest entrance.


From the A482 Lampeter - Llandovery road take the B4302 to Talley and Llandeilo. As you enter Talley follow the signs for Talley Abbey and park sensitively in the small layby near the forest entrance, just beyond the abbey car park.

Ordnance Survey map

Talley Woodlands are on Ordnance Survey (OS) map 186.

The OS grid reference is SN 631 328.

Public transport

The nearest train station is in Llandeilo.

For details of public transport visit the Traveline Cymru website.

Find out more

Contact details

Tel: 0300 065 3000

Email: enquiries@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk


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