Black Covert Woodland, near Aberystwyth
Sheltered picnic site with riverside walk
Bridge over gorge leads to woodland with waterfall and huge hill fort
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Coed Maenarthur Woodland nestles in the Ystwyth valley near the village of Pontrhydygroes.
This area was once home to a busy lead-mining industry and Coed Maenarthur itself is full of history.
There is a waymarked walk through the woodland which is reached by a bridge high over the River Ystwyth.
This wooden bridge replaced the one used by mineworkers which is thought to have collapsed.
The walk leads to Castell Grogwynion, one of the largest hill forts in Wales, and passes near an impressive waterfall.
Coed Maenarthur is especially beautiful in autumn when the trees are ablaze with seasonal colours of yellow and red.
The walking trail is waymarked and circular. It starts near the water wheel in the village of Pontrhydygroes.
2.9 miles, 4.6 kilometres, moderate
To reach the start of the trail you need to go through the footpath gate opposite the water wheel and down the steps to the bridge over the gorge.
The trail climbs the wooded hillside of the Iron Age hill fort and emerges into a clearing with views over the trees and down into the valley.
The route goes past a spectacular waterfall and then follows the fast-flowing river.
It returns via a path along the bottom of the gorge.
This walk has numerous long climbs and steep descents.
Coed Maenarthur is 14 miles south east of Aberystwyth.There is no car park here - please park sensitively in the village.
Take the B4340 from Aberystwyth to Trawsgoed. Follow this road through Trawsgoed until it crosses the River Ystwyth and then turn immediately left, following the river towards Pontrhydygroes. At the entrance to Pontrhydygroes, park sensitively on the left hand side of the road by the Miners’ Bridge (opposite the water wheel).
Coed Maenarthur is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map 213.
The OS grid reference is SN 738 722.
The nearest train station is in Aberystwyth.
There is a bus service from Aberystwyth to Pontrhydygroes.
For details of public transport visit the Traveline Cymru website.
Tel: 0300 065 3000
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