Pwll Bo is a gently sloping forestry wander with well maintained stony tracks. It is sheltered in the trees; cool and shady on a hot day. There is plenty of off-road parking and a wonderful riverside picnic area with benches and bbq spots. This could be a circular trail however when we visited the accessible path that runs next to the river was closed due to a landslide, so we wandered along the forestry track and back again.
Distance: just over 1 and a 1/2 miles
Time: About an hour (it took us just over 1 hr 30 mins with our adventurer).
From the car park take the upper track heading left into the forestry.
There are some good information signs to help you on your way.
Go through a gate and carry on up the gentle hill.
Listen out for the small waterfall to the right of the track.
The trail meanders uphill and then comes to a junction. Take the left hand fork.
Follow the track deeper into the forest. Stand still for a moment to hear the water rushing below. Gaze out through the tall, straight pine trees.
Soon the trees open up, the sun shines through and you’ll come to another fork. Take the left hand fork which turns down hill, into the valley below.
The trail now takes you along the side of the valley and around the other side in a horseshoe shape. From here you have excellent views out across the trees below. The track becomes a little bumpier, you’ll definitely need an off-road pushchair for this section.
As you wander back down towards the river there is another junction. Turning left; this is where the forestry trail meets the accessible track that leads back to the car park alongside the river.
Due to a landslide we couldn’t reach the car park this way. However we did stop for a look at the river and the picnic area on the other side!
After resting our legs on the bench for a short while we turned around and headed back the way we had come through the forestry.
Our adventurer loved the long grass….
… splashing pine-cones into puddles…
… and clambering on rocks (we did check it was safe!).
When we reached the car-park we headed down into the picnic area…
and into the river to cool off!
Use this map to guide you on your way. Click to enlarge.
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The OS grid reference is SO 851 509.
Pwll Bo is managed by Natural Resources Wales, more info on their website.
Directions: From Llanwrtyd Wells follow signs to Abergwesyn. The car park is around 3 miles along this road on your right. You will pass a picnic area (Washpools) but this is not where the trail begins, carry on a bit further!
The Beckingham family