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Cefn Farm is one of our car parks in Crychan Forest.
It is the starting point for a walking trail past a ruined farmhouse.
There are picnic benches around the car park.
The walking trail is waymarked from start to finish.
Look out for the information panel at the start of the trail.
You’ll pass the ruins of the old 19th century farmhouse Glyn Moch before dropping down to the stream in Cwm Dulas.
Try to imagine pigs rooting about here – as Glyn Moch means ‘valley of pigs’.
Easy tracks return you to the car park.
Cefn Farm car park is within Crychan Forest.
Set in beautiful countryside between the Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons) National Park and the Cambrian Mountains, Crychan Forest is criss-crossed with many old tracks that linked the farms that were once here.
In the 1930s the Forestry Commission bought the farms and land and planted trees here as part of the efforts across the UK to replenish timber stocks which had been run-down during the First World War.
A few ruined dwellings remain and you may come across them as you explore.
The forest is made up of oak, ash, beech, hazel and conifers and the colours vary depending on the season from bluebells in the spring to the golden hues of autumn.
Nowadays it provides valuable timber and is home to a wide variety of wildlife.
Goshawks, buzzards and red kites nest here, and you may catch a glimpse of roe deer.
As well as the walking trail from Cefn Farm there are walking trails from our three other car parks in Crychan Forest:
Halfway car park is the easiest of these to reach as it is situated just off the A40, a few miles from Llandovery.
The car parks at Brynffo, Cefn Farm and Esgair Fwyog are located on minor roads off the A483 between Llandovery and Builth Wells.
There is open access for horse riding throughout Crychan Forest.
Our car parks in Crychan Forest are the starting point for many miles of horse riding on forest roads and old tracks.
There are also shortcuts onto the Epynt Way, a 50 mile long bridleway around the boundary of the Sennybridge military training area.
Facilities for horse riders at our car parks include corrals and tethering rails.
The car parks at Halfway and Brynffo are the most suitable for horse boxes.
There is access for carriage drivers at Brynffo car park.
For more information about horse riding in Crychan Forest, go to the Crychan Forest Association website.
Crychan Forest forms part of the National Forest for Wales.
The National Forest will:
It will form a connected ecological network running throughout Wales, bringing social, economic and environmental benefits.
Parts of the network will eventually form a trail running the length and breadth of Wales, so anyone can access it wherever they live.
For more information go to the National Forest for Wales 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.
Cefn Farm car park is 6 miles north east of Llandovery.
It is in the county of Carmarthenshire.
Cefn Farm car park is on Ordnance Survey (OS) Explorer map 187.
The OS grid reference is SN 813 386.
Take the A483 from Llandovery towards Builth Wells.
After 4½ miles turn right at the brown and white sign for Crychan Forest Trails.
After 50 yards, fork right uphill and follow the narrow single track road.
After approximately 1¼ miles the Cefn Farm car park is on the left.
The nearest mainline railway station is in Llandovery.
For details of public transport visit Traveline Cymru's website.
Car 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.