Beacons View, near Monmouth
Walk through heathland and woodland
Glasfynydd Forest surrounds Usk Reservoir in the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Walkers and cyclists can follow a waymarked trail from the car park around the reservoir and across the dam.
There are far-reaching views from the trail across the reservoir to the Black Mountains.
The reservoir is owned by Welsh Water.
There is a picnic bench in the car park and several others along the 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.
Enjoy views of the Black Mountains on this easy-to-follow circular trail around Usk Reservoir.
If you have a map with you and want a longer walk, you can follow public footpaths to the Physicians Well (this route is not waymarked).
All our mountain bike trails are waymarked from start to finish and have been graded for difficulty.
At the start of the trail there is an information panel – please read this before setting off.
Glasfynydd Forest is set in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
The National Park covers approximately 520 square miles of mountains and moorland in South and Mid Wales.
For more information about visiting the Brecon Beacons go to the Brecon Beacons National Park website.
The Brecon Beacons National Park is an International Dark Sky Reserve and it has some of the highest quality dark skies in the whole of the UK.
Glasfynydd Forest is 'the heart of darkness' of the National Park's Dark Sky zone with its dramatic backdrop of the Black Mountains.
It is looked after by the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority.
Find out more about stargazing on the Brecon Beacons National Park website.
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.
Glasfynydd Forest is 13 miles south east of Llandovery.
This site straddles the county borders of Powys and Carmarthenshire.
Glasfynydd Forest is on OS Explorer OL 12.
The OS grid reference is SN 820 271.
Take the A40 from Llandovery towards Brecon.
At Trecastle, turn right following the brown and white signs to Usk Reservoir.
After 3¾ miles ignore the brown and white sign at the right hand turn to the reservoir and continue straight ahead for ½ mile.
The car park is on the left.
The nearest mainline railway station is in Llandovery.
For details of public transport go to the Traveline Cymru website.
Parking is free of charge.
Overnight car parking is not permitted.
If this car park is full you can start the route from the Dŵr Cymru/Welsh Water car park next to the dam – follow the brown and white signs all the way to Usk Reservoir.
There are no staff at this location.
Contact our customer team for general enquiries during office hours, Monday to Friday.