Caio Forest, near Llandovery

Peaceful upland woodland with several waymarked trails

What's here

Coronavirus update

 

The car park and all trails here are open.

 

Visiting our sites safely

 

We are working hard to provide a safe and welcoming experience as our sites re-open.

 

Please take personal responsibility for your safety, making additional preparations ahead of your visit and abiding by the safety measures in place.

 

We have changed the normal route for some of our trails to help you maintain social distancing – please follow signs on site.

 

See our tips about how to plan for and enjoy a safe visit.

Welcome

Caio Forest is made up of several woodlands which spread out over the uplands high above the historic village of Caio in Carmarthenshire.

The Forestry Commission planted this conifer forest on moorland in the 20th century to produce timber. 

There are several waymarked circular walking trails from the car park and many miles of forest roads and tracks.

The small picnic area is set in a clearing, just over the river from the car park.

Nearby is the National Trust’s Dolaucothi estate where there are walking trails and a Roman gold mine which is open to visitors.

Walking trails

Man walking in forestAll of the walking trails are waymarked and start from the car park.

Rhodfa Pont Annell

1 mile/1.6 kilometres, easy

This pleasant walk through the forest crosses a bridge over the stream where there is a picnic table in the clearing.

Rhodfa Rhiw Goch 

1¼ miles/2 kilometres, moderate

This trail follows grassy paths and forest roads as it makes its way up through a variety of trees.

The climb is rewarded by great views from the seat at the top.

Rhodfa Glyn Annell 

2½ miles/4 kilometres, easy

The longest of the waymarked trails is an easy and reasonably flat walk on forest roads.

Other routes

There is a network of colour-coded trails of different lengths around the nearby Dolaucothi estate.

The trails take you through woodland and past the remains of the mansion and its grounds. 

For more information about the Dolaucothi estate go to the National Trust website.

Closures and diversions

Please note:

  • Sometimes we need to close or divert trails for your safety whilst we undertake maintenance work or forest operations
  • Occasionally 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 onsite and make sure you follow any temporary diversion signs in place

How to get here

Caio Forest is nine miles north west of Llandovery.

Car parking is free of charge.

Directions

Take the A40 from Llandovery towards Llandeilo. At Llanwrda, take the A482 towards Lampeter. After eight miles, turn right onto a minor road to Caio. Go through Caio village, past the church and continue onto a no through road. Bear left onto a forest track to Caio Forest car park.

Ordnance Survey map

Caio Forest is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map 186 or 187.

The OS grid reference for the car park is SN 679 405.

Public transport

The nearest train station is in Llandovery.

For details of public transport visit Traveline Cymru's website.

Contact details

Tel: 0300 065 3000

Email: enquiries@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk

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