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The ridge top trail

About The ridge top trail

This splendid trail starts from the Visitor Centre and provides stunning views throughout its length. Starting out along the high ridge which looks down upon Nant yr Arian, the path rises to a stone viewpoint from which the the panoramic scene takes in the Rheidol and Melindwr valleys, Cardigan Bay beyond Aberystwyth, and Pumlimon, the highest mountain in Mid-Wales. At the furthest point of the trail are the Pendam and Blaenmelindwr lakes which give you the opportunity to spot a variety of waterfowl including Mallard and, in winter, Goldeneye. The return to Bwlch Nant yr Arian is along quiet woodland tracks where you will see small birds such as Willow warbler, Coal tit and Goldcrest. Butterflies, including Ringlet, Speckled wood and Meadow brown, are much in evidence. In summer a profusion of Bilberries can be seen blanketing these steep hillsides.

How to get there:

The ridge top trail can be started from Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest Visitor Centre in Nant yr Arian. Ponterwyd is the nearest town or village.

Located 10 miles east of Aberystwyth on the A44(T), just 2 miles from Ponterwyd.

The 525 bus from Aberystwyth - Ponterwyd/Llanidloes stops at the entrance to the car park.

OS Grid Reference: SN 717 813
For details of public transport visit

Walkers on the Blaenmelindwr Walking Trail (Nant yr Arian)

Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest Visitor Centre Facilities.
ToiletsParking ChargeInformationParkingEasy AccessVisitor CentreRefreshmentsForest Shop
Grade of trail:
Stout waterproof footwearModerate
Trail waymarking:
Length of trail:
5 1/2 miles
Approximate time of trail:
2 1/2 hours
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Gareth Owen
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Warning - Trails can become slippery due to adverse weather conditions. Please take extra care when in the forest. Suitable footwear should be worn at all times.


Did you know that Owain Glyndwr fought an important local battle nearby and that the Victorian travel writer George Borrow wrote about this area? Use our wind-up sound boxes on the trail to discover more about local history or listen to the audio clips below.

Owain Glyndwr - Battle of 'Hyddgen' (MP3)

George Borrow - 'Wild Wales' (MP3)

Culhwch ac Olwen - Mabinogion (MP3) 

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