Black Covert Woodland, near Aberystwyth
Sheltered picnic site with riverside walk
Woodland walk with views over the valley
This site and visitor facilities are open – please see more details on this web page.
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.
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.
The walking trail is waymarked from the car park.
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”).
Fishpools is in the area known as Radnor Forest.
There are walking trails at two other woodlands managed by Natural Resources Wales within Radnor Forest.
Fishpools car park is 7 miles west of Knighton.
It is in the county of Powys.
Parking is free of charge.
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.
Fishpools is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map 200.
The OS grid reference is SO 188 681.
The nearest train station is in Knighton.
For details of public transport visit Traveline Cymru's website.
Tel: 0300 065 3000