Cae Eglwys

Reserve Information


From Brecon, take the B4520 Upper Chapel road. After approximately three miles turn left at a junction signed for Sarnau and follow the road up to the village. At this point you need to find somewhere to park your car without obstructing others, we suggest either

1.            Carry on past the turning for the reserve and park by the red phone box SO 02970 32791
2.            Or  before the village turn left by the salt bin carry on 100m up hill and park at the entrance of a conifer plantation SO 02503 32724, walk back down the lane, turn left and and carry on.

For the reserve take the left turn by the letter box and follow this lane up the hill. The lane quickly deteriorates into a very rough bridle track. After 1km, pass over a cattle grid and the reserve entrance gate is on your left. It will take you 20minutes to climb up to the reserve.

Nearest town: Sarnau. Post code LD3 9PR.

SO 025 333


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2.7 hectares

Walking Information

An open access reserve, you are allowed to visit the reserve on foot for your quiet enjoyment of the wildlife present. There are no site paths and the site can be wet in places at any time of year.


Unsuitable for wheelchairs.

Geology Trail


You can park either by the reserve entrance (both in or outside the reserve), or in Sarnau. BUT please do not block roads, property entrances or use private parking spaces.


Please keep dogs on a lead.

Grazing Animals

There may be livestock on site, please do not approach them or feed them. Additionally there may be electric fencing to keep them off parts of the site, please cross this with care.

Factsheets and Guides for Your Visit

Cae Eglwys meadow

This reserve is a good example of a traditional wildflower meadow, a rare habitat in these days of intensively managed farmland where large quantities of both fertiliser and grazing animals are applied to meadows that may have once looked like this, but are now bright green with very few plant species surviving.


Flocks of goldfinches feed here in the Winter

What to look out for

The meadow is home to a range of colourful and less common plants. In spring look out for adder’s tongue fern and flower spikes of common spotted orchids. In the summer, knapweed, bird’s foot trefoil, fleabane and the delicate flowers of harebell provide a kaleidoscope of colour.

All these wildflowers attract a wide range of butterflies and brown hare lie up in the dense grass cover. In winter birds come to feed on the seedheads still standing and on the many insects living in the sward.

The meadow also affords stunning views across to both the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains.

Many wildflowers can be seen here, including harebell

Species and habitats

Hedgerows, Lowland Meadows
Adder's-Tongue, Bird's-foot-trefoil, Blackbird, Bracken, Bramble, Brown Hare, Bullfinch, Clouded Yellow, Cock's foot, Common Blue, Common Frog, Common Spotted Orchid, Common Toad, Creeping Thistle, Crested Dog's tail, Eyebright, Goldfinch, Gorse, Green-veined White, Harebell, Knapweed, Large Red Damselfly, Large White, Meadow Brown, Orange-tip, Perennial Rye-grass, Red Clover, Reed Bunting, Ringlet, Sky Lark, Small Copper, Small Skipper, Small White, Spear Thistle, Stinging Nettle, Stoat, Stonechat, Timothy, Tormentil

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