Bailey Einon is an up and down woodland wander, with a decent pathway, next to the River Ithon. It is sheltered by trees and is a good adventure to go on on a drizzly day – just make sure you wear sensible shoes as it could be slippy! There is lots of free parking just opposite the site entrance and an adjacent riverside picnic area. With both a shorter, easier loop and a longer trail this wander can be adapted to your little adventurer.
Bailey Einon (shorter loop)
Distance: just over 1/2 a mile
Time: Under 30 mins
Bailey Einon (longer wander)
Distance: just over 1 mile
Time: 40 mins (it took us an hour with a wanderer)
Guide to Bailey Einon
From the car park cross over the road and head left. At the edge of the picnic area you’ll see a large gate (access to Shaky Bridge) and a smaller kissing gate to the left. Go through the kissing gate and wander straight on into the woods.
The trail through these woods is very clear with fences, helpful steps and a board walk in damp places… so you really can’t get lost! There is also an information sign telling you about the woods and animals you might spot.
As you wander through the woods take time to look out for creepy crawlies on the floor, birds in the air and plants growing up the trees. It might be a good idea to take a magnifying glass or binoculars depending on the age and interests of your explorer.
After a short while you will come to a fork in the trail. This guide follows the lower, right hand fork across a bridge where you can watch the stream below.
Next you will arrive at a lovely clearing with a bench to rest your legs. A good place for a drink after the uphill wander to get there. The view is pretty fantastic too.
Just after this bench there is another fork in the track. If you’re doing the shorter route then you will need to take the left hand fork, this will eventually come back out on the main trail (see map).
If you’d like to wander further then take the right hand fork.
The wander continues along boardwalk trails and over another great bridge with rushing water below.
After the bridge you will come to a gate across the path. Here it explains that the trail gets a little steeper and slippier beyond, your wanderer will almost definitely need a helping hand. Our wanderer loved jumping from one big rock to another holding mummy’s hand!
You are now heading downhill and the path runs alongside the river for a while. There is a fence between your adventurer and the river so you can let them wander without worry.
Further on there is a small ‘pond’ and lots of other places for looking for creepy crawlies. We spotted a tiny frog and then spent aaaaaages looking for more!
The trail now leads up a hill and comes to an end at the top. If you’re feeling extra adventurous (and have an OS map and a carrier for your wanderer) the trail does carry on as a footpath across open fields where you can eventually loop back around to the car park along a small road. Definitely plan this route in advance.
If you are following our trail then now is when you turn around and head back along the track by the riverside and up to the gate. To ensure this isn’t a completely linear walk, take the right-hand fork in the trail on the way back and add in a loop around the top of the woods (see map).
Once you are back through the kissing gate you can go back to the car park or rest in the picnic area with a snack.
Use this map to guide you on your way. Click to enlarge
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The OS grid reference is SO 083 613.
Directions: In Llandrindod Wells at the mini-roundabout on the A483, take the exit signposted for Welsh Assembly Government. Continue straight ahead for 1 mile. At the end of the urban area, bear right at the sharp bend heading uphill. Continue for approx 1½miles and you will see a Powys County Council sign by the Shaky Bridge picnic area. Park here.
The Beckingham family