Afan Forest Park - Glyncorrwg Mountain Bike Centre, near Port Talbot
Starting point for three of our red-graded mountain...
Talley Woodlands overlook an historic Carmarthenshire village which grew up around an abbey.
There are views of the abbey ruins from the three walking trails.
The trails vary in length but they all go to the same viewpoint with a picnic bench.
The views from this viewpoint are spectacular and well worth the steep climb. You can see to Fan Brycheiniog in the Black Mountain range and as far as Pen y Fan on a clear day.
The walking trails are waymarked from start to finish.
Look out for the information panel at the start of the trails.
Find out about walking trail grades.
Climb up steeply through a former ‘tree garden’ or arboretum, looking out for the huge oak, ash, pine and spruce trees.
Enjoy the views from the viewpoint with bench.
The trail then drops down a bracken and gorse-covered hillside back to the car park.
Climb up a gorse-covered hill on a zig-zag path with views opening up of Talley village and beyond.
As you cross a field on the way to a gate, views of the Cothi Valley open up on your right.
Enjoy the views from the viewpoint then it’s downhill all the way to the car park.
Climb steeply up forest roads and enjoy the views before the trail enters the woodland.
It reaches the viewpoint with bench and then winds its way downhill back to the car park.
The abbey was dissolved by Henry VIII and the stone was used to build much of the present village and chapel.
The abbey is looked after by Cadw and is open to visitors.
For more information go to the Cadw website.
Talley Woodlands is 10 miles west of Llandovery.
It is in the county of Carmarthenshire
Talley Woodlands is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map 186.
The OS grid reference is SN 631 328.
Follow the A40 from Llandovery to Llanwrda.
Turn right onto the A482 to Lampeter and after 6½ miles turn off left onto the B4302, signposted for Talley and Llandeilo.
Continue for another 4 miles and as you enter the village of Talley follow the brown and white signs for Talley Abbey.
Go past the abbey and the entrance to Talley Woodlands is on the left.
The nearest mainline railway station is in Llangadog.
For details of public transport visit the Traveline Cymru website.
Car parking is in a small layby at the forest entrance.
Please park carefully, leaving the gateway clear for emergency access.
Car parking is free of charge.
Overnight parking is not permitted.