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image for Walking Route item typeCascades Trail at Hafren Forest (NRW)

Walking Route, free entry

Hafren Forest

Hafren Forest

Hafren Forest

Details

The Cascades Trail (0.5 miles, 0.8 kilometres)
From the car park walk through the wooden archway consisting of a pair of axes, their heads embedded in a block of wood. One is modelled on a stone axe, to represent the ancient history of the area, and the other a modern axe, representing the forest of today.

The path leads down to the Afon Hafren, with a boardwalk carrying you along the river bank. The path leads to the Cascades Falls, which gives its name to this walk. A raised platform allows you to sit and take in the view. A deep pool forms part of the Falls which was used by generations of shepherds for washing their sheep.

On the far bank the remnants of their pens are still just visible. From here the Cascades trail moves away from the riverbank back through the woodland to the car park. The walk was designed in partnership with local Disabled Associations. It is easy to follow, its surface making it ideal for all ages and abilities.

Directions:

In Llanidloes town centre, face the Market Hall from Great Oak Street and take Short Bridge Street directly opposite. Follow the narrow road to Old Hall and then on to the Rhyd-y-benwch car park.

The Rhyd-y-benwch car park can also be reached from the northern end of Llyn Clywedog on minor roads.

Public Transport:

The nearest train station is Caersws.

The OS grid reference is SN 857 869.

Access: Rhydybenwch Picnic Site

Duration: 30Mins

Coach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsPicnic sitePublic toiletsAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs accepted

There is open access for horse riders throughout Hafren Forest. 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.

Open all the time

Prices

Free entry

Contact

Enquiries

0300 065 3000

Address

Llanidloes,
Powys,
UK

Location

Directions

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Map reference: SN 857869  Lat: 52.46850 Long: -3.68328

Directions:

By Road:

From Llanidloes town centre face the Market Hall from Great Oak Street and take Short Bridge Street directly opposite. Follow the narrow road to Old Hall.

The Rhydybenwch picnic site is 6 miles west of Llanidloes. It can also be reached from the northern end of Llyn Clywedog on minor roads.

OS Grid Reference: SN857869

Parking: free

Facilities

  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

There is open access for horse riders throughout Hafren Forest. 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.