LLANFIHANGEL-NANT-MELAN, FFOREST INN, WATER-BREAK-ITS-NECK, FOICE FARM
7.5 Miles (11.5 kms), 300m ascent. Allow 3 hrs. Some ascents – not hard.
This beautiful lake lies at about 1250 feet above sea level, near the summit of the A44/A483 – the main road from England into central Wales.
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An upland quiet walk on lower slopes of Radnor Forest in sheep farming area with a waterfall and short wooded section but with sweeping views.
Park in lay-by on A44 – opposite Fforest Inn, or – with permission in Fforest Inn C.P.
Grid Ref: OS. 148. SO171585
WALK 6 Submitted by Raymond & Betty Lloyd, revised by Emlyn & Shirley Williams
(1) Proceed a short way along A44 past A481 junction and turn (R) down metalled lane crossing cattle grid to reach Caebanol Farm turning (L) just before the farm. Follow the stone farm track that turns (R) going uphill until a facing gate is reached (ignore the two field gates on the way up).
(2) Turn (R) through it and follow this track round the contour of the small dingle to next facing field gate. Turn sharp (L), keeping next to fence go uphill to gate at top corner where turn (R) onto a less well defined path and through yet another facing gate 90m. ahead. Where field fence on (RH) widens away keep straight ahead and follow path downhill to the (L) of a sheep stock yard and sheds to join a well defined farm track. (The hill on the (R) at 478 m. is the Mynd; ahead to (L) and (R) are the lower levels of Radnor Forest which itself reaches 660 m.).
(3) Turn (R) onto this farm track passing the stock yard and sheds and proceed until where plantation on the (L) are joined on the (R) by F.C. plantation at joining field gate. Turn (L) through wicket-gate into woods on (L) and follow through trees and shortly bearing (L) go down short but steep path overlooking the waterfall – Water-Break-Its-Neck. Cross the bridge and up the other side passing another small gate leading to solitary cottage. Keep ahead and follow path around the cottage boundary fence. Do NOT follow bridleway that drops steeply to the (R), but continue following the fence to join a larger vehicular track going downhill. Soon take (R) grassy track descending to the valley bottom at the confluence of two streams and converging with another forest track. (Water-break-its-neck waterfall is in the deep gorge to your right. A lovely fall.). Go straight ahead for 1 mile to main A44 Trunk Road taking (R) fork through gate just before the car park and information board, down to the road.
(4) Cross road to (L) and zigzag (R) down lane to cross the ford by F.B. and go ahead through gate uphill. Where field widens bear (L) and just before facing field gate, turn sharp (R) onto grass track uphill. (This being quite a steep pull, take a breather and absorb the views across the valley and surrounding countryside). Go through facing gate after which track bears (L) and keep ahead next to fence to first (RH) gate. Go through this and then through immediate (LH) gate and follow track uphill to the (R). At top of track curve (L) up field to gate into plantation. Pass through gate and follow track to (R) along fence for 50m. Take track on (L) through young trees to soon reach a cross track, which join going (R) and passing through two gates to meet a cross path and turn (R). Shortly go through gates and past a stock pen, where take (RH) gate of two, to join grassy track. (On the (R) can be seen Llanfihangel Nant-Melan, where the Red Lion Inn offers accommodation and bar meals.)
(5) In approx. 1km and passing through two gates, Foice Farm is reached with now a metalled road ahead. After a further 1.5kms, reaching, and level with Llynheilyn lake on the (L), and at top of slight rise just past cottage, cross a stile on (R) into field. Proceed ahead and downhill through a field gate with Fforest Inn now in sight. Go through final field gate to inn car park or the layby.
This Walk Guide No 6 is designed to link with Walk Guide No. 18 to create a much longer walk for those seeking it. The connection is made at Foice Farm – point (5) on this walk.