Oak Wood Path, Gilfach

Oak Wood Path is a gentle, hillside, circular wander through the fields and woodland of a Radnorshire Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve. This sign-posted trail is quite sheltered so is a good choice for a drizzly day but come in the sunshine to see fabulous views of the Cambrian mountains. The Byre visitor centre at Gilfach farmyard has parking, toilets, a picnic area and drinks and snacks with an honesty box. There are a number of longer walks on the site if you’re looking for more adventure.

Oak Wood Path, Gilfach

Distance: 3/4 mile

Time: around an hour

Guide

From the car park take the gravel footpath to the right, past the toilets, onto the farmyard.

There is a useful information sign here, along with the Visitor Centre and Byre; where you can find drinks and snack with an honesty box.

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Follow the signpost “Oak Wood Path” to the right, along the path to the next gate.

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Keep an eye out for the Oak leaves to guide you on your way…

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Turning right, follow the trail along the top of the field. Take a moment to stop and look at the fantastic hills all around.

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At the next Oak leaf continue down the hill, looking out for another leaf and a gate about half way down.

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Follow the path up the hill to the right of the small tree; there’s an Oak leaf part way up to make sure you’re on the right track.

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At the top, continue left up the hill to this gate…

.. glancing behind to to take in the view.

Follow the track into the woods…

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.. bearing left at this junction.

Round a corner and straight ahead until you come to this gate on your left.

From this gate you are turning back the way you came, through the fields.

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Looking out for the Oak leaves…

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… and toddlers hiding in the grass (refusing to leave the long grass)!!

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Next you’ll come to a gate with, if the weather’s been wet, lots of squishy mud and a fun boardwalk bridge.

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Continue through the next field.

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And the next…

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Our adventurer had lots of fun jumping in mole hills… squishy!

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This fantastic tree is just crying out to be played in, on and under and over..

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Carry on up a small hill, looking out for the Oak leaves…

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Through the gate and back onto an earlier track.

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Heading down the slope; you might need to hang on to your adventurer here as it’s a bit narrow and steep.

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Through the gate at the bottom, turn left and head back through the field to the car park.

Use this map to guide you on your way. Click to enlarge.

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Click on the map below to view it on ViewRanger.

The map reference is SN 964 717.

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Gilfach Nature Reserve is a Radnorshire Wildlife Trust site and they have some great information on their website including a leaflet about the site which the following directions are taken from.

Directions:  3 miles north of Rhayader and 7 miles south of Llangurig just off the A470 , signposted for St Harmon. Look out for the brown tourist signs. Drive through the nature reserve, turning right to get to the old farmyard where there is a small car park, visitor facilities and short walks.

Happy wandering,

The Beckingham Family

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