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Woodland walk with views over the valley
The nearby village of Bleddfa (meaning ‘place of the wolf’) gives a clue to this area’s fascinating history.
Tradition has it that the last wolves in Wales that lived in the ancient hunting forest of Radnor were finally cleared by being driven into the valley here and shot.
Nowadays Radnor is a more tranquil place and ideal for a woodland stroll.
The circular trail leads to a viewpoint over Bleddfa village and the surrounding countryside and there is an optional extra loop around the heathland. This open area provides valuable habitat for the kind of vegetation found here before intensive sheep grazing and tree planting took place.
Fishpools is in the area known as Radnor Forest.
Radnor Forest was once a royal hunting ground but it wasn’t an area covered in trees, which is our understanding of the word ‘forest’.
To the Norman kings it was an unenclosed piece of land, legally set aside for them to hunt deer.
Today Radnor Forest is a land of hill farming and great moorlands, steep narrow valleys and hills, rising up to the highest point in Radnorshire, Black Mixen at 2150 feet (650 metres).
The walking trail is waymarked from the car park.
2½ miles, 4 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 activity known as “turbary”).
Fishpools car park is 7 miles west of Knighton.
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.
The OS grid reference is SO 188 683
The nearest train station is in Knighton.
For details of public transport visit Traveline Cymru's website.
Tel: 0300 065 3000
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