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Abergwesyn Oak Woods, Nant Irfon Nature Reserve and Valley. Nearby Abergwesyn Common National Trust.

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Abergwesyn Oak Woods - Abergwesyn Valley Cambrian Mountains. These are the highest Oak Woods in Wales, which are the remnants of the Irfon Valley ancient forest, which once covered a vast area in the region. There are numerous Lichen species and mosses making for a deep rich woodland. Complimented by the gnarly Oaks that have evolved at this altitude where high rainfall accounts for their character it's a tolkenesk vision to behold. Most are spindly, which is probably a survival strategy of the tree. Here is a fantastic article and guide on the area...just follow the link to First-Nature blog.

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Owner - Possibly National Trust. Site NT

Most of the Oaks are centered around Abergwesyn hamlet. There is no car parking at Abergwesyn. This can be found at the top of the Abergwesyn Valley at 3KM. A fantastic walk. Alternatively, there is parking at Pwll Y Bo Nature Reserve at 2KM distance with the added advantage of a picnic site. See below.

Quick Guide: Access is via hiking, cycle, bus, train or the car. For the bus catch the X47 from Llandrindod Wells or the 48 from Builth Wells to Llanwrtyd Wells, for the train the Heart of Wales Line, for the bike nearby route 8 linking with route 42 at the River Wye and by car turn off the A483 at Llanwrtyd Wells or Beulah at the B4358.

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Pwll Y Bo - Irfon Valley Nr Abergwesyn. Hiking through the valley from the top of Abergwesyn is a thrill. Eventually you pass through the high Oak woods, which the area is famed for (see above) to arrive at Pwll Y Bo a nature reserve managed by the Brecon Nature Trust. Flowing through the reserve is the River Irfon, which is surrounded by Sitka Spruce. The famed meadow amid the woodland itself is made up of many wild meadow flowers from the globeflower (buttercup) that represents the largest stand in Wales.

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Beyond Pwll Y Bo are many hikes up into the high hills with amazing views of the Irfon Valley below.

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The Doward & Wye Valley Nr 7 Sisters. Symonds Yat is famed, not just for its views, but for its woodland walks leading on through to the Biblins camp site, the 7 Sisters limestone Bluffs and the Doward. The woodland in this part of the Wye are all Old Growth trees making up a rich tapestry of woodland flora and fauna accompanied by magnificent limestone bluufs. In the clearing near the Iron Age Hill fort the Little Doward is home to wild Deer, which can be spotted easil.

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Beyond the Doward and 7 Sisters is the Forest of Dean, which makes up a huge swathe of forest/woodland in the area.

Quick Guide: Access by car is easy. There are two ways - via Symonds yat West on the main A40 onto the B4164 or via Symonds Yat East off the A40 onto the B4229 over Huntsham Bridge. See Map for details. You can of course walk in from Monmouth. Walking in using public transport though is a little more lengthy but enjoyable. For buses in the monmouth and Symonds yat area see route 34 & route 35 from Ross and or Monmouth, which will take you to Coleford or Whitchurch 2 close routes in or go to this page.

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