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The Hafren Forest

HAFREN FORESTLength: Various

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Start: Hafren Forest Car Park

Finish: Hafren Forest Car Park

Rating: Easy To Hard

The Hafren Forest was planted in 1937 near the market town of Llanidloes and takes its name from the River Severn (Afon Hafren) which rises from the bogs of the nearby mountain, Pumlumon. It is the starting point of the longest river walk in Britain, which takes you all the way from the source of the Severn a mere 800 metres from the forests’ edge, right the way through to Bristol.


As well as this is it also the starting point of the Wye Valley way, which is another long distance footpath which follows the course of the river Wye, recently voted Britain’s favourite river.


With a number of walks of varying length, ranging from easy going board walks to riverside trails the Hafren Forest has something for everyone. The walks offer amazing views of the surrounding countryside, and get you as close as possible to some of the brilliant waterfalls on offer. With the rivers Severn and Wye both rising on the slopes of the surrounding mountains, it doesn’t take long for the waters to start bounding down the slopes through the forest, offering some spectacular displays as the fast flowing water crashes down the rock beds, and plummets over the numerous drops and falls.


Further details of all the walks on offer can be found in the official Hafren Forest leaflet which can be downloaded here.


The Hafren Forest is also a great place for picnics, mountain biking and horse riding with its excellent bridalways.




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