Black Covert, near Aberystwyth
Woodland with small picnic site and riverside...
The Arch car park and picnic area is named after a spectacular old masonry arch which sits by the side of the road and was once the gateway to the nearby Hafod Estate.
The three short walking trails all lead through huge beech trees planted over 200 years ago by Thomas Johnes who designed the Hafod mansion and grounds.
The viewpoint from the Panorama Walk has far-reaching views.
There are picnic tables on the grassy slope by the car park overlooking the arch.
The arch was built in 1810 to mark the Golden Jubilee of King George III and the road used to run through it!
The walking trails are waymarked from start to finish.
Look out for the information panel at the start of the trails.
Find out about walking trail grades.
See huge 200 year-old beech trees planted by Hafod Estate designer, Thomas Johnes, on this short trail.
The Arch Woodland Trail winds its way uphill, passing through several areas of broadleaved trees.
It has views to the surrounding hills, especially in the areas where trees have been felled recently.
After a short but steep climb through heather and bilberry, you’ll reach the viewpoint with bench and panoramic views over the surrounding hills - on a clear day you can see Cadair Idris many miles away in Snowdonia National Park.
The trail continues down a steep slope and returns to the car park through areas of huge beech trees.
The Cambrian Way passes by the Arch car park.
This long distance trail crosses some of the highest and wildest parts of Wales on its journey from the coast at Cardiff to Conwy.
Find out more about The Cambrian Way.
The Arch has been designated as a Dark Sky Discovery Site as it is one of the best local places to see the stars.
It is located in the Cambrian Mountains which have some of the darkest night skies in Europe.
Dark Sky Discovery Sites are places that:
Get tips for enjoying the night sky on the UK Dark Sky Discovery Partnership website
We have felled groups of larch trees infected with the fungal disease here to help stop it spreading.
The walking trails all pass through areas of recently felled trees and there are now more views from the paths to the surrounding hills.
Read more about tree health in Wales
Sometimes we need to close or divert trails for your safety whilst we undertake maintenance work or other operations.
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 on site and any temporary diversion signs
The Arch car park is 13 miles south east of Aberystwyth.
It is in the county of Ceredigion.
The Arch is on Ordnance Survey (OS) Explorer map 213.
The OS grid reference is SN 765 756.
Take the A4120 from Aberystwyth to Devil's Bridge, then follow the B4574 for Cwmystwyth.
After 2 miles, pass a stone arch and the car park is on the left.
For details of public transport visit Traveline Cymru's website.
Parking is free of charge.
Overnight parking is not permitted.
There are no staff at this location.
Contact our customer team for general enquiries during office hours, Monday to Friday.