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Plan a walk or ride through Brechfa Forest or over Llanllwni Mountain. This website brings together local and specialist knowledge to help you plan your own trails through this ancient forest selecting between historic sites, wildlife watching, village events, lunch in a village pub or buying a picnic from a village shop.
Surrounded by 15 villages, Brechfa Forest and Llanllwni Mountain are both large areas of open access land over which the public have the right to roam. There are multiple entrances from all of the villages, car parks, and a wide selection of variety in the length and difficulty of the routes available to walkers, cyclists and riders.
On this website we have produced maps of Brechfa Forest and Llanllwni Mountain showing the location of every archaeological and historically interesting site recorded by Dyfed Archaeological Trust who have kindly allowed us to link to the Historic Environment Records they maintain for each site.
We know that finding your way through such a large forest can seem daunting, when each junction of forest roads seems similar. So working with the Forestry Commissions agreement, we have allocated a number to each block of trees in Brechfa Forest and will be painting those numbers onto the trunks of the trees at each junction within the forest.
Coming shortly will be suggestions on areas which are best for wildlife watching and enjoying the natural heritage of this ancient forest.
Brechfa Forest and Llanllwni Mountain are the modern names for the ancient forest of Glyn Cothi. When records began in the 6th century the residents in the villages surrounding Glyn Cothi Forest already had a tradition of maintaining and managing the forest as a shared resource for the benefit of the whole community. Our forest has been at the center of the lives of local residents and has played a key part in the history of the Welsh nation over the centuries, providing a refuge for Welsh Princes, inspiration for bards, shelter for drovers and the first congrigation of the Unitarian moveent. On this website we tell the stories of some of the famous residents and events.
This ancient forest is continuing to take a central role in the future of Wales. Forming the south western end of the Cambrian Mountain range, the area is part of a high profile project to support the communities in building a strong sustainable economy linked to the attractiveness of the landscape. Both holiday accomodation, craftsmen and artists inspired by the landscape of Brechfa Forest and Llanllwni Mountain are also shown on the maps.
This website is in the early stages of development.