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Picnic Site:Rhydybenwch Picnic Site at Hafren Forest (NRW)

Picnic Site, free entry

Hafren Forest

Hafren Forest

Hafren Forest

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Details

The car park stands on the site of a farmhouse which once bore the name Rhyd y Benwch (Upper Ford). Now the Rhyd-y-benwch picnic site acts as a gateway to a number of waymarked forest walks.

Hafren Forest was planted by the Forestry Commission in the 1930s and named after Afon Hafren (the Welsh name for the River Severn). The Source of the Severn lies just outside the forest’s boundary but you can walk to it on our waymarked walk. There are also shorter walks through the woodland to the famous Severn Break its Neck waterfall and Blaenhafren Falls and a boardwalk takes you along the riverbank to the Cascade Falls.

Hafren Forest is the start (or end) point for two long distance, linear walks - The Wye Valley Walk and The Severn Way.
Natural Resources Wales have created a number of different trails along the Severn and through the towering pine and spruce trees. All four routes are circular and are focused around the picnic area and toilet facilities at Rhyd-y-benwch.

In addition, the numerous forestry tracks and roads are also excellent terrain for the cyclist. The picnic site is situated next to a wildflower meadow which is at its best in late July.

Trails can become slippery due to adverse weather conditions. Please take extra care when in the forest. Suitable footwear should be worn at all times.

The OS grid reference is SN 857 869.

Coach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsPicnic sitePublic toiletsAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs 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

Address

Llanidloes,
Powys,
UK

Directions

Plan route to Hafren Forest (NRW) using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

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

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
  • 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.