If you want to escape and connect with nature, a great place to visit is Talley Woodlands in Carmarthenshire.
With three impressive walking trails all offering brilliant views and an abundance of wildlife to discover, you can be sure to create special memories on a visit here.
The rural location means you can hear the wildlife in the bushes while appreciating every song the birds sing to you.
Soak up the history
Overlooking a historic village, the abbey ruins are now maintained by Cadw. So after your stroll, why not pop down there to learn more about the fascinating history of the area?
Three unique walks to choose from
Park your car in the layby near the woodland entrance to begin your walk.
The three trails are all waymarked, so it couldn’t be easier to explore. They all include a steep climb, but this is rewarded by the viewpoint at the top - it’s worth it!
Look out for the yellow waymarkers and head off on the one and a quarter-mile long Big Trees Walk. The name gives it away, but magnificent and huge oak, ash, and pine trees guide you along your journey through the woods.
Or follow the almost two-mile Talley Views Walk and climb up along the zigzag path while appreciating the breathtaking views of the Talley Valley.
Still up for something longer? The two-and-a-half-mile-long Cwm yr Efail Walk, offers you the chance to see even more of the woodland and valley.
All this walking will have made you work up quite an appetite, so be sure to prepare a picnic before you head off on your adventures.
Keep an eye out for the perfect spot to sit down and tuck into those yummy sandwiches and discuss the beauty you’ve seen so far.
Nearby forests also worth exploring
If you’re looking for other magnificent forests nearby to explore after your walk, there’s plenty to choose from.
Less than seven miles away is the wonderful Caio Forest, where the impressive Douglas fir and larch guide you through the woods as you're surrounded by wildflowers and wildlife.
Less than 14 miles away is the popular Brechfa Forest. Well known for its 6500 hectares of woodland which mountain bikers and walkers love to explore.
There's so much for you to explore at Talley Woodlands, your first visit will be the first of many. Who knows what you might discover next time?