From Brecon, take the B4520 Upper Chapel road. After approximately three miles turn left at a junction signed for Sarnau. Immediately turn left again, to follow a track past a bungalow and through a metal gate. Just beyond the gate, on the right, go through a wooden pedestrian gate and follow the narrow path up the hill towards the woodland between two fences. At the top of the field the path turns right and brings you to the entrance to the reserve.
GridReferenceSO 029 322
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Walking InformationThere is a waymarked circular trail around the wood, along unsurfaced trails.
AccessNo wheelchair access.
ParkingCar parking is difficult. Please take care not to cause an obstruction.
DogsDogs must be on a lead.
Factsheets and Guides for Your Visit
This reserve is a charming small area of woodland renowned for its floral display.
What to look out for
In March to April the path along the southern side of the reserve is surrounded by beautiful wild daffodils. Later on in May, the floor of the reserve is carpeted with the blues and purples of bluebells with their wonderful scent. These contrast with the fresh greens of newly opened leaves. Look out for the occasional white bluebell.
The distinctive piping call of the nuthatch and the laughter-like “yaffle” call of the green woodpecker can often be heard across this beautiful woodland. In spring and summer, the delightful pied flycatcher can be seen with its distinctive black and white colours. Children from nearby Cradoc School have made nest boxes for these birds which can be seen attached to the trunks of trees.
There are two small ponds in the reserve, which are attractive to frogs and toads. They were created to increase the number of flying insects in the reserve, such as midges, which are a food supply for bats.