Between its stunning panoramic views, rich biodiversity, and trails that criss-cross almost every hilltop and valley, Radnorshire and surrounding is a haven for those who find solace and happiness in the great outdoors. These trails are perfect for anyone, whether they are novice walkers looking for a gentle amble, budding birdwatchers, or seasoned hikers craving for challenging terrains to conquer.
Diverse and Breathtaking Landscapes
From your base on the farm you are welcome to explore miles of fantastic trails. From stretches beside clear fresh water, or up through the old or new woods full of a mirad of native broadleaf trees up onto the large expanse of open moorland on the Aberedw Hill. You could walk all day without having to cross a road, or, sometimes, without seeing another soul apart from sheep, wild ponies and if you’re lucky a Pine Martin.
Fforest Farm trails
& Aberedw Hill
Walking on Carneddau Hill, which is on the other side of the valley from the farm offers a tranquil and scenic experience in the heart of the Welsh countryside. The Silurian rocks of Radnorshire, including those in the Carneddau range, are known for their fossil content. Fossils of ancient marine life, such as trilobites, brachiopods, and crinoids, can be found in these sedimentary rocks, providing valuable insights into the ancient marine ecosystems of this region.
As you ascend Carneddau Hill, you’ll pass ancient woodlands, fields of livestock and open moorland, providing a diverse range of natural landscapes to enjoy. The views from the various highpoints, including the site of Caer Einon are breathtaking, offering panoramic vistas of the surrounding countryside, along the Wye and across the region.
The Elan Valley & Cambrian Mountains
Walking in the Elan Valley and the Cambrian Mountains offers a unique experience in the heart of Wales. The Elan Valley boasts picturesque reservoirs and dams, with a variety of well-marked trails catering to all hiking levels. It’s a haven for wildlife enthusiasts, home to diverse bird species and mammals. The Cambrian Mountains, on the other hand, offer a remote wilderness escape, with rugged terrain and challenging hikes. This sparsely populated region is ideal for those seeking solitude and stargazing, as it’s part of the Dark Sky Wales initiative. Historical sites and rich local culture add depth to these stunning landscapes.
Radnor Forest, located in the heart of Wales, is known for its rugged and picturesque landscape, which includes several beautiful summits offering stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Here are some of the notable summits in Radnor Forest:
- Great Rhos: Great Rhos is the highest point in Radnor Forest, standing at an elevation of 660 meters (2,165 feet). It offers commanding panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, including the Elan Valley, the Black Mountains, and the Brecon Beacons. Hiking to the summit of Great Rhos is a rewarding experience, and you’ll likely encounter diverse flora and fauna along the way.
- Black Mixen: This summit, at 650 meters (2,133 feet), is another prominent peak in Radnor Forest. It’s known for its distinctive cairn and, like Great Rhos, provides spectacular views of the surrounding area. The hike to Black Mixen is a challenging but worthwhile endeavor.
- Whimble: Whimble is a slightly lower summit in Radnor Forest, standing at approximately 617 meters (2,024 feet). It offers a unique perspective of the landscape, including the rolling hills and woodlands of the area. The hike to Whimble is less strenuous compared to some of the higher peaks but still provides beautiful vistas.
- Disgwylfa Hill: Disgwylfa Hill is another notable summit in the region, and it stands at an elevation of around 599 meters (1,965 feet). It’s known for its accessibility and gentle slopes, making it a good choice for a less strenuous hike while still enjoying scenic views.
- Black Rhos: Black Rhos is a smaller summit in Radnor Forest but still offers charming views and a sense of tranquility. It’s a great option for those seeking a shorter and more relaxed hike.
An Expanse of Trail Networks
Radnorshire’s allure doesn’t just come from its landscapes, though. Weaving through its natural assets are a number of well-trodden trails designed to please both walkers and mountain bikers alike. Curious about what you might stumble upon? The Wye Valley Walk provides a picturesque course following the River Wye’s aquamarine twists and turns. Fancy a greater challenge? Take on the mountain bike routes throughout the untamed beauty of Radnor Forest or the Elan Valley. To put it plainly, you’re spoiled for choice.
Wye Valley Trail
Cycle Route 8
Begwins Circular Walk
The Begwns Circular Walk in Powys, Wales, is a favored choice among hikers. This moderate-level trail traverses the Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) known as the Begwns, offering a captivating journey through varied landscapes. Hikers can explore serene meadows, enchanting woodlands, and expansive open moorland, all within a single hike. The area’s rich biodiversity, including wildflowers and diverse bird species, adds to the appeal. As you ascend certain sections, the trail rewards you with sweeping panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. With its circular route, this hike conveniently brings you back to your starting point, making it an ideal day excursion.
Immerse Yourself in History and Culture
Of course, let’s not forget that Radnorshire is more than just a pretty face. This pocket of Wales is steeped in thousands of years of history and vibrant culture. Can’t resist the allure of ancient castles? Be sure to find out about the history on the farm, and surrounding region. Look up ancient radnorshire, or the Roman occupation, Marcher Lordships or the stories of Owain Glydwr and Llewellyn. You’ll not only be able to stretch your legs, but also your mind, as you delve into the region’s rich heritage.
Wildlife Encounters are the Norm
Feast your eyes (and cameras) on Radnorshire’s thriving wildlife. Become spellbound by the grace of soaring red kites or the swift flight of buzzards. Don’t be surprised if you catch sight of mysterious otters skirting along the rivers. Every hike or ride could easily turn into an impromptu wildlife spotting tour. Radnorshire’s biodiversity is extraordinary and a key part of what makes these hills and valleys special.
The Welcoming Hearth of Community and Hospitality
The most charming element of this enchanted land? The open arms of the community that envelopes it. Unwind in local pubs following a day out on the trails. Savour traditional Welsh dishes that warm the belly and the soul. The camaraderie of the villagers is second to none; their stories and recommendations often providing the finest details of your adventures. Radnorshire Life is vibrant and fabulously busy under the hood.
Walk to the Hundred House Inn
Walk to the seven stars
Pub to Pub to Pub Radnor
Llandegly pit stop
The Roast Ox
Walks at Fforest Farm
Walk to the Hundred House Inn
Walk to the Seven Stars
Aberedw Hill Trig
Carneddau and Castle Bank
Whimble and Radnor Forest
Pub to Pub to Pub
Pant Y Llyn
Edw Valley & Llewellyn