At 300m altitude, this upland area of Radnorshire feels quite remote but is actually easily accessed by car. Among Maelienydd’s special ecological features are several shallow pools and boggy flushes, variously located within a heathland habitat. The pools support a number of interesting plants and the whole site has also been noted for its upland birds and fungi.
Opening times, entry costs, facilities and directions
Located 2 or 3 km to the north east of Llanddewi Ystradenni, the Maelienydd area requires no special permission to visit. The biggest pools: Black Pool (SO 1225 7046), Caergynan Pool (SO 1300 7092) and the unnamed pool (SO 1388 7136) which drains into Cwmnantygelli brook can be accessed by road, followed by a short walk over relatively straightforward terrain. Vehicles should be parked safely off the road without blocking access.
Image by Pete Jennings