Nash Wood, near Presteigne

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Just outside the historic town of Presteigne, Nash Wood lies half in Wales and half in England, making it true ‘border country’.

The circular walking trail goes to a viewpoint overlooking Burfa Bank, one of the many hillforts along this part of the border.

The woodland habitat is ideal to see buzzards and goshawk or you may see siskins and crossbills which thrive on the large cones produced by the noble and Douglas fir trees.

You may also see one of the many roe deer that live here and, if you visit in autumn, keep an eye out for colourful fungi.

Walking trail

The walking trail is waymarked from start to finish.

Look out for the information panel at the start of the trail.

Find out about walking trail grades.

Nash Trail

  • Grade: Moderate
  • Distance: 2.1 miles/3.5 kilometres
  • Time: 1½ hours
  • Trail information: The trail climbs very steeply from the car park on a path with tree roots underfoot. This section is muddy and slippery after wet weather. The trail then follows a forest road through the trees and there is an optional shortcut back to the car park on a steep path downhill. The main trail continues on narrow paths through the woodland with some climbs. There is a bench at the viewpoint.

After a steep climb through the woodland, the trail reaches a forest road and then continues to climb to the Burfa Vista viewpoint.

The viewpoint overlooks the Iron Age hillfort of Burfa Bank, and there are views over the Radnor valley and to Herefordshire.

Radnor Forest

Nash Wood is in the area known as Radnor Forest.

Radnor Forest was once a royal hunting ground. In those days it wasn’t an area covered in trees but an unenclosed piece of land, legally set aside for the Norman kings to hunt deer.

Today 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 2150 feet (650 metres).

There are walking trails at two other woodlands managed by Natural Resources Wales within Radnor Forest.

Go to Fishpools and Warren Wood for more information.

National Forest for Wales

Nash Wood forms part of the National Forest for Wales.

The National Forest will:

  • create areas of new woodland
  • enhance existing woodlands
  • restore Wales’ irreplaceable ancient woodlands

It will form a connected ecological network running throughout Wales, bringing social, economic and environmental benefits.

Parts of the network will eventually form a trail running the length and breadth of Wales, so anyone can access it wherever they live.

For more information go to the National Forest for Wales website.

Visiting safely

We want you to return home safely after your visit here.

You are responsible for your own safety as well as the safety of any children and animals with you during your visit.

For advice and tips to help you plan your visit here go to Visiting our places safely.

Changes to visitor facilities

See the top of this webpage for details of any planned closures or other changes to visitor facilities here.

For your safety, always follow instructions from staff and signs including those for trail diversions or closures.

We may divert or close trails whilst we undertake maintenance work or other operations and we may need to close other visitor facilities temporarily.

In extreme weather, we may close facilities at short notice due to the risk of injury to visitors and staff.

How to get here

Nash Wood is 1 mile south of Presteigne.


The postcode is LD8 2LE.

Please note that this postcode may not take you to the car park if you use a sat nav or navigation app.

We suggest you follow the directions below or use the Google map on this page which has a pin on the car park’s location.


In Presteigne, turn off the B4356 opposite the leisure centre and follow the narrow minor road.

Bear right at the Natural Resources Wales parking sign and follow the track to the car park.


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Ordnance Survey

The Ordnance Survey (OS) grid reference for the car park is SO 314 635 (Explorer Map 201).

Public transport

The nearest mainline railway station is in Knighton.

For details of public transport go to the Traveline Cymru website.


Parking is free of charge.

Overnight parking is not permitted.

Contact details

There are no staff at this location.

Contact our customer team for general enquiries during office hours, Monday to Friday.

Related document downloads

Radnor Forest leaflet PDF [2.8 MB]
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