Halfway car park and all Crychan Forest car parks are now open.
More details can be found on the NRW Days Out website
Natural Resources Wales have announced that they are to begin a phased approach to car park re-opening from Wednesday 15th June.
Cefn Farm and Esgair Fwyog car parks are planned to be reopened later this week. The larger Brynffo and Halfway car parks are to remain closed.
The Welsh Government guidance on only travelling up to 5 miles for outdoor recreation still applies.
Clare Pillman, CEO of Natural Resources Wales said: “we encourage visitors to respect one another and the local community by observing social distancing guidelines and protect the natural environment by following the countryside code.”
During the lock down there has been a fair bit of felling which is due to be completed in the next couple of weeks. Please observe all forestry signs and keep away from forestry operations.
Natural Resources Wales have had to close the Halfway, Cefn Farm, Brynffo and Esgair Fwyog car parks today. This is due to the Coronavirus.
Clarification on access from NRW:
“We are trying to minimise groups of people getting in contact with one another at specific well used sites. I do not believe that there is a ban on individuals walking into the woodland on permissive rights of way.”
There has been increase in numbers of illegal motor bikes and 4x4s active in Crychan and Halfway forest over the past few months.
Please can all forest users report either online or by phone every time they see motor bikes and off roaders. You can identify locations in the forest, for the report by using the numbers on the way marker posts. The more reports the police have the more they can get involved and more resources will be available.
Reports can be made by ringing 101 the police non-emergency enquiries number or by completing the Report an Incident Form on the Dyfed Powys Police website.
Riding motorbikes or any other vehicle off road without permission from the landowner is illegal and the driver could be charged with road traffic offences and be fined. Persistent offenders could also risk having their vehicle seized.
A plaque has been put on the footbridge over Afon Crychan.
Thanks to Tracey for these pictures taken in Crychan Forest.
This is advance warning that as part of our ongoing co-operation with Dyfed Powys Police, all barriers in Halfway forest & part of Crychan (north of the Cynghordy to Tirabad road) will be closed over the weekend commencing Friday 5th July, before reopening again on Monday 8th. This includes barriers on unclassified roads.
All car parks at Halfway, Brynffo, Esgair Fwyog and Cefn Farm are open as usual.
In case of an emergency, in addition to our own staff, the Police also have keys for access.
The Crychan Forest Association (CFA) has worked with Natural Resources Wales to introduce a new walking trail in Crychan Forest from the Cefn Farm car park.
The trail crosses the Afon Crychan and the CFA has collaborated with Natural Resources Wales by purchasing the materials used in the construction of a footbridge. NRW has installed the bridge and the new trail is now open.
The trail is about 2.5 miles long and a leisurely walk will take about 1.5 hours.
Cefn Farm Information Panel (2.2 MiB)
Cefn Farm Walk Map (1.3 MiB)
Cefn Farm Walking trail GPX file (35.2 KiB)
NRW have reported that the Cwm Dulais Trail (11) from Cefn Farm Car Park is blocked by fallen trees between post 88 and post 89.
It has also been reported that there are fallen trees between post 113 & post 115 on the Cwar Cerrig Trail (8) and between post 20 & post 22 on the Cwm Crychan Trail (10).
The new sign boards are in place at Halfway and the posts on the walking trail have been refreshed with new markers.
The Nant y Dresglen Trail at Halfway is a circular route which winds through the trees, never going far from the waters of Nant y Dresglen. The route is 2.2 miles with a shorter option.
There will be new boards and signed walking routes at the Crychan Forest car parks at Cefn Farm, Esgair Fwyog and Brynffo.
There are many other trials in Crychan Forest and Halfway for walkers, cyclist and horse riders. These can be found on the Crychan Forest Association website.