A forest with a royal pedigree and a spectacular waterfall.
Radnor Forest is a land of hill farming and great moorlands, steep narrow valleys and hills, rising up to the highest point in Radnorshire, Black Mixen at 650 metres (2150 feet).
The wooded areas of Radnor Forest are managed by Natural Resources Wales and offer waymarked walks from three car parks (Warren Wood, Fishpools and Nash Wood) as well as numerous public rights of way.
History of Radnor Forest
Radnor Forest was once a royal hunting ground. In those days, it wasn’t a forest in the modern sense of being a heavily wooded area, but in the medieval sense of “forest” being an unenclosed area used for hunting deer.
Within Radnor Forest, The Warren has been a popular spot for tourists for over 200 years because of its spectacular waterfall called Water Break-its-neck. This area changed from a large moorland area with rabbit warrens to a “Picturesque” forest when its Victorian owners planted lots of trees.
- 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.
All of the walking trails are waymarked.
Waterfall Walk from Warren Wood car park (one third of a mile, half a kilometre)
This mainly level, short walk from Warren Wood car park goes straight to the waterfall, which was a popular destination for Victorian tourists, and back to the car park.
Water Break-its-neck Trail from Warren Wood car park (three quarters of a mile, one kilometre)
This circular woodland walk from Warren Wood car park leads you above the famous Water Break-its-neck waterfall.
Warren Trail from Warren Wood car park (1.5 miles, 2.3 kilometres)
This circular walk from Warren Wood car park includes a climb of 560 feet (170 metres). It has view of some of the largest trees in Radnorshire, many of which were planted in Victorian times.
Fishpools Trail from Fishpools car park (2.7 miles, 4 kilometres)
This circular woodland trail from Fishpools car park leads to the viewpoint over Bleddfa village and the surrounding countryside. The Turbary loop is an extension to the trail and goes around the heathland.
Nash Trail from Nash Wood car park (2 miles, 3.3 kilometres)
This circular trail from Nash Wood car park goes through a mix of woodlands. Halfway round, the viewpoint of Burfa Vista overlooks Radnor Forest and Hergest Ridge as well as some of the hillforts which are a common feature of this border country between Wales and England.
Radnor Forest lies between the towns of Llandrindod Wells, Knighton and Kington.
There are three car parks managed by Natural Resources Wales within the Radnor Forest area:
- Warren Wood car park, near New Radnor
- Fishpools car park, Radnor Forest, near Bleddfa
- Nash Wood car park, near Presteigne
Parking is free of charge at these car parks.
Warren Wood car park
Warren Wood car park is off the A44 between Kington and Llandrindod Wells. It is a small car park with room for 8-10 cars.
The OS grid reference is SO 187 598.
From the New Radnor direction, look out, after a mile, for a brown advance warning sign for parking and information on your right. Turn here and go through the first parking area and follow the forest road uphill for Warren Wood car park.
Fishpools car park
Fishpools car park is off the A488, approximately seven miles west of Knighton.
The OS grid reference is SO 188 683.
Follow the A488 for five and a half miles from Knighton to Bleddfa. Continue for just over a mile and Fishpools car park is on your left.