The village of New Radnor sits at the Southern end of the Radnor Forest, which constitutes 3000 acres of wild upland if we consider its definition of 1461.Things may have moved on but it's still made up of the same steep gullies and plateaus the highest of which is Great Rhos and Black Mixen. To the West marking its boundary is an 8 KM run of steep slopes that follow the Ithon Valley the river of which is a left bank tributary of the Wye. Fed by numerous Westerly channels such as the Mithil and Cwm Ffrwd brooks the Wye is supported, in addition, by the Aran, which begins on the slopes of Pool Hill the source of the Wyes main tributray the Lugg. Eventually the Aran flows into the Ithon and after it's fed by the aformentioned brook systems the water continues on its way through Llandridnod Wells and into the Wye near Builth.
The Lugg flows around the forests Northen limits and is boosted in volume by a series of pools and the Summergil, Hindwell and Knobley brooks to name a few. Presently we are in the Walton Basin or Radnor Valley, which you can no doubt tell by now is criss-crossed with a host of channels coming in off the Forests Easterly slopes. It's interesting to note that two of the Wyes main tributaries namely the Lugg and Ithon flow in opposite directions to join the Wye some 60 miles apart in Wales and England. A watershed and river is a myriad of ways.
During the second world war the forest was used as a live range by the military and is still in service today although with a reduced armed service it's fallen into longer durations of silence in recent times, which is a joy to the serious hill walkers who come from miles around to enjoy the forests heather covered hills that also support Lichens, bilberry fruits and bog mosses.
The Radnor Forest in Radnorshire Mid Wales is in the least populated county/district in the UK outside of the Outer Hebrides. The forest itself was a medieval hunting ground characterised by steep gullies and escarpments that rise to 650 meter tops. Water abounds everywhere as it flows off the heather moorland and peat bogs. Home to wild dear and Short Eared owls welcome to the Radnor Forest a major contributor of fresh water to the River Wye.
Other places of note nearby include Stanners Rock, which as we can testify is an interesting rocky outcrop that is home to some of the rarest plant species in Britain more often associated with the Mediterranean than the UK.
Rocks around here are in the region of 750 million years old and are amongst the oldest. As for the forest its arching plateaus that drop down into steep gullies and v shaped dingles are due to soft rocks and or Silurian shales and mudstones. To view the area in all its glory take a look at the video page where you will find a Radnor Forest - Distant Waters video.
All told the forest is a veritable surprise the surface of which has only just been scratched. For more detail see the web links provided.
Radnor Forest Survey - www.herwales.co.uk/herumd.php?group=CPAT&level=3&docid=301355252
Walton Basin & Radnor Valley - www.rgreen.org.uk/Radnor.html
Radnor Forest Site of Special Scientific Interest - www.ccw.gov.uk/search/search-results.aspx?tab=atoz
Mountain or Region: Radnor Forest
Wye Brooks: Hindwell, Summergil, Mithil, Maes & Cascob Brooks
Wye Rivers in the Area: Lugg, Arrow, Edw, Ithon & Bachawy
Highest Peak: Great Rhos 660 Meters 2,165 Ft
The walk up into the Radnor Forest has a great selection of paths and rights of Way. It is made up of broad plateaus and deep cut valleys such as the Harley Valley, which is recommended.
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How to get there by bus
From Hereford catch the Sargeants bus into Kington asking for New Radnor. From Kington catch the Llandrindod Wells link and get off at New Radnor your closest access point into the forest. From Cardiff or the South catch the T4 into Llandrindod Wells. From there catch the Sargeants bus to New Radnor. From the North/Shrewsbury catch the X75 to Llangurig then the X47 to Llandrindod Wells. To get to New Radnor same as above. There are many B&B’s and camp sites in the area but if intrepid enough you can always wild camp taking care to leave no trace.
How to get there by car
From the Midlands/Hereford take the A480 into Kington, then onto the A44 into New Radnor. You’ll have to be creative in your parking. Radnor Forest is easily accessible from the village. From Cardiff or the South take the A470 to Brecon. From Brecon take the B4520 into Builth Wells. From there take the A481 onto the A44 turning right for New Radnor. From the North Wrexham take the A483 into and out of Newtown until you reach the A44 at Crossgates. Turn left here and travel for a further 17KM until reaching New Radnor. Parking same as above. From Shrewsbury take the A458 onto the A483 into and out of Newtown until, same as above, you reach the A44 at Crossgates. Parking the same.