Root Of The Rivers
Here we explore the source of the Wye and other rivers in the basin. Starting with the Wye there are numerous trails up to the Easterly slope of Plynlimon where the Wye source resides and to the top of Plynlimon itself. If you're looking for a remote time of it with the freshest of air and far out views amid Plynlimon/Pumlumon and elsewhere then these trails are for you.
Wye View Trail
Access to the Wye source viewing platform and the Off Piste gully path to the source and the summit of Plynlimon is easy and handy. There off the A44 is a small car park opposite the Sweet Lamb estate entrance at Pont Rhydgaled that's safe for the day or night. Public transport can also be used. Happy viewing!
Explore the Waters
The Wye Gully Trail
Access to the very upper reaches of the Wye source and its off piste gully path is easy and handy from here. It's the same parking arrangement for the Wye View Trail off the A44 opposite the Sweet Lamb estate entrance at Pont Rhydgaled. It's safe for the day or night. Public transport can also be used. On the right day there are some awe inspiring scenes on this circular hike and it's said scientifically that awe is good for us.
Experience The Space
Inspired by the Landscape
Chris Bonington Trail
There are again another two routes up to the Wye and the summit of Plynlimon from here but we'll be taking a look at one the ''Chris Bonington' route. The advantage here is that there is a relatively secure car park, which you have to pay the farm for. You can of course use public transport what with a bus stop opposite.
Gateways to Inspiration
The Jones Trail
The Jones Trail' starts off easy but ends up challenging as you leave the established track. It's another angle on Plynlimon that ultimately gives you a wider appreciation of the range but if you choose will lead you to the Wye source. There is car parking beside the Nant Y Moch reservoir or you could hike in using public transport. The route is inspiring with different views either North/North East, West or East & West depending on where you look.
Free Flowing Trails
The Arrow Trail' leads you to the super enchanting river Arrow source an eventual left bank tributary of the Wye. It starts off nice and easy as you walk from the road onto the Gwaunceste hill range in Mid Wales near to the border of Herefordshire. It's laid out before you as the track leads the way onto Gwaunceste hill and the source. Enjoy the ascent as 360-degree views open up revealing Powys and Mid Wales, the Black Mountains and the counties of Shropshire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire. It's a great day out.
Big Rolling Hill Country
The Lugg Source Trail starts off on a relatively steep hard track for about 2Km. Look back though and you'll see great views of the Radnor Forest in the distance. Soon you reach 400 meters plus and are heading for the source amid remote heather moorland that's home to Curlew, Golden Plover, Grouse and Lapwing among others. To the North is the mighty Beacon Hill with its rocky outcrops. On Pool Hill the pool that gives it its name will lead you to source and the spectacular ravine that the Lugg flows through before reaching open country.