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Radnor Forest - Fishpools, near Knighton

Woodland walk with views over the valley

What's here

Dogs welcome
Parking
Walking trail

Overview

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.

Radnor Forest

Fishpools is in the area known as Radnor Forest.

View from Fishpools Trail, 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).

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.

Walking trail

The walking trail is waymarked from the car park.

Two women with dog on Fishpools TrailFishpools Trail

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”).

Radnor Forest - Fishpools

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

Fishpools car park is 7 miles west of Knighton.

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.

The OS grid reference is SO 188 683

Public transport

The nearest train station is in Knighton.

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

Find out more

Contact details

Tel: 0300 065 3000

Email: enquiries@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk

Related document downloads

Radnor Forest Location map PDF [7.1 MB]
Radnor Forest leaflet PDF [1.6 MB]

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