Radnor Forest (Fishpools), near Knighton

Woodland walk with views over the valley

What's here

This site and visitor facilities are open – please see more details on this web page.

 

Coronavirus update

 

The Welsh Government is implementing a national coronavirus firebreak from 6pm on Friday 23 October until Monday 9 November.

 

The firebreak regulations replace the local restrictions which were in force in some parts of the country. They apply to everyone living or travelling in Wales.

 

Our sites and most visitor facilities remain open during this firebreak period but people are advised to stay at home and only visit sites in the local area to take exercise.

 

Visiting your local site safely

 

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

 

You need to wear a mask when going inside one of our buildings.

 

You can check-in via the NHS app when entering one of our buildings – scan the QR-code on the NHS Covid-19 poster on site.

 

Overview

Fishpools is in the area known as Radnor Forest which was used as a royal hunting ground for centuries.

In medieval times, rather than being covered with trees, it was an unenclosed area for hunting deer.

Nowadays it is a landscape of hill farming, moorlands, steep narrow valleys and hills.

The waymarked walking trail from Fishpools car park leads to a viewpoint over the village of Bleddfa and the surrounding countryside.

Bleddfa means “place of the wolf” and tradition has it that the last wolves in Wales were driven out of Radnor Forest into the valley here and killed.

Walking trail

Two women with dogs on Fishpools WalkThe walking trail is waymarked from the car park.

Fishpools Walk

2¾ miles, 4.3 kilometres, moderate

The trail first passes an old water sighting tower used to survey the line of pipeline from the Elan Valley to a reservoir in the Midlands.

Further along, there are beautiful views to the west, out across the valley and the hills surrounding Abbey Cwm Hir.

The optional loop goes around the heathland where local people once had the right to cut peat for fuel (an ancient right known as “turbary”).

Exploring Radnor Forest

View from Fishpools WalkFishpools is in the area known as Radnor Forest.

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

Go to Warren Wood and Nash Wood for more information.

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

Location

Fishpools car park is 7 miles west of Knighton.

It is in the county of Powys.

Parking is free of charge.

Download the location map.

Directions

From Knighton take the A488 to the small village of Bleddfa. Continue along this road for just over 1 mile and Fishpools car park is on the left.

Ordnance Survey map

Fishpools is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map 200.

The OS grid reference is SO 188 681.

Public transport

The nearest train station is in Knighton.

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

Contact details

Tel: 0300 065 3000

Email: enquiries@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk

Downloads

Related document downloads

Radnor Forest leaflet PDF [2.8 MB]

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