A felling operation to remove trees with Ash dieback has begun at Crychan Forest.
Ash dieback is a serious disease caused by a fungus called Hymenoscyphus fraxineus.
Their removal will ensure the forest remains a safe place.
Closures and diversions are in place.
Please obey all signs.
The work has currently started in Crychan at the moment with some work around the closed sections of trails at Cefn Farm and then moving on to Halfway.
It is not possible to provide more details as the ash trees are dotted around and not planted in blocks.
Check out the new Crychan and Halfway interactive map. On the Tracks and Maps page.
By selecting a trail name from the Trail Menu you can overlay each trail on to the map and zoom in to see all the post numbers. In the past it has been dificult to show the routes and post numbers without some numbers overlapping.
The new map now clearly shows how the trails in Crychan and Halfway link to the Epynt Way enabling you to make up longer circular routes.
Each trail has its own page where maps and gpx files can be loaded into your mapping GPS app.
Unfortunately due to a recent dangerous tree surveys in regards to ash die back trees. NRW have had to put an emergency closure on the Cefn Farm walking trail and the Cwm Dulais horse riding trail between post 67-68, and also part of the puplic footpath that goes from the car park at Cefn Farm. They are clearly marked with hazard tape and signs. There is an alternative route to still access the rest of the trails by following down the NRW road, and join the trails further down at post 68.
The path on the other side of the road is still usable, apart from a relatively small section that brings you back onto the NRW road.
NRW have already completed some work removing the dangerous trees in other locations. More dangerous tree surveys are being carried out for ash die back and there is the potentially for further restrictions on other trails, until NRW contractors can get out to these sites.
The Cefn Farm walk and horse riding trails have been re-opened after the tree safety work and some tidying up.
A section of the Cefn Farm waymarked walk has been closed today (5th March 2021) from waymarker 70 to waymarker 91 for safety reasons. Contractors have been booked to start work next week and the trail will be reopened once the tree safety work has been completed.
Please obey all signs and tape. Thank you.
The Allt Troedrhiw-fer – Golygfa Epynt link trail in Halfway Forest is currently closed due to fallen trees blocking the path and the danger of falling branches.
Please obey all signs.
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.