Taf Fechan Forest, near Brecon

What's here


Taf Fechan Forest is in the Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons) National Park, just a short drive from Merthyr Tydfil and the South Wales Valleys.

Discover this peaceful forest on our short waymarked riverside walking trail.

You can start the trail from Owl's Grove car park or Pont Cwmyfedwen car park.

There is a picnic bench in the Owl's Grove car park.


Walking trail

The walking trail is waymarked from start to finish.

Look out for the information panel at the start of the trail.

Find out about walking trail grades.

Taf Fechan River Walk

  • Grade: Moderate
  • Distance: 1¼ miles/1.9 kilometres
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Trail information: The trail has some uneven and muddy sections, a short descent through trees and a section of forest road. The path is very wet underfoot after bad weather – wear appropriate footwear. There is a bench along the route.

This circular trail goes through tall conifer trees alongside the bubbling Taf Fechan River.


Long distance cycle route

The Sustrans National Cycle Network route 8 goes through Taf Fechan Forest.

For more information about this long distance cycle route, go to the Sustrans website.

Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons) National Park

Taf Fechan Forest is in the Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons) National Park.

The National Park covers approximately 520 square miles of mountains and moorland in South and Mid Wales.

It is looked after by the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park Authority.

For more information go to the National Park's visitor website.

National Forest for Wales

Taf Fechan Forest forms part of the National Forest for Wales.

The National Forest will:

  • create areas of new woodland
  • enhance existing woodlands
  • restore Wales’ irreplaceable ancient woodlands

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.

Visiting safely

We want you to return home safely after your visit here.

You are responsible for your own safety as well as the safety of any children and animals with you during your visit.

For advice and tips to help you plan your visit here go to Visiting our places safely.

Changes to visitor facilities

See the top of this webpage for details of any planned closures or other changes to visitor facilities here.

For your safety, always follow instructions from staff and signs including those for trail diversions or closures.

We may divert or close trails whilst we undertake maintenance work or other operations and we may need to close other visitor facilities temporarily.

In extreme weather, we may close facilities at short notice due to the risk of injury to visitors and staff.

How to get here


Taf Fechan Forest is 13 miles south of Brecon.

It is in the county of Powys.

Ordnance Survey (OS) map

Taf Fechan Forest is on OS Explorer OL 12. 

The OS grid reference for Owl's Grove car park is SO 048 162.

The OS grid reference for Pont Cwmyfedwen car park is SO 042 164.


Take the A40 from Brecon towards Abergavenny.

After 5 miles, turn right signposted towards Talybont on Usk.

At the T-junction, turn right towards Pencelli.

In the village turn left following the signs towards Talybont Reservoir.

Continue for 7 miles, passing the Blaen y Glyn car parks, and the Owl’s Grove car park is on the left.

For the Pont Cwmyfedwen car park, continue past the Owl's Grove car park and turn right at the T-junction.

The car park is on the right after ½ mile.

Public transport

The nearest mainline railway station is in Merthyr Tydfil.

For details of public transport go to the Traveline Cymru website.


Parking is free of charge in Owl's Grove car park and in Pont Cwmyfedwen car park.

Overnight parking is not permitted.

Contact details

There are no staff at this location.

Contact our customer team for general enquiries during office hours, Monday to Friday.

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