Our ramble into the private Pantmaenog Forest can be started from the car parks at Rosebush or Pantmaenog by Ddolwen-uchaf. The first part of the route from Rosebush follows the old railway line as it curves around the valley.
At the T junction we join the path from the Pantmaenog car park and begin climbing through alternating stands of trees and open countryside. At last we reach Bwlch Pennant where the views stretch across the Preseli hills.
Returning to the main route a small flat area off the forestry track is a good place for a break. Our route takes us around Cnwc hill which overlooks Rosebush and has had its side exposes by the slate quarrying at Bellstone and Rosebush quarries. There is quite a lot of climbing involved so it is best to take your time to avoid overheating the motors.
After circling the hill, we re-join our outward path and begin descending. Just at the start of Bellstone Quarry we carry on down and follow the old tramway into Rosebush. Here we find the excellent pub – the Tafarn Sinc in what appears to be a red corrugated-iron shed but inside is a cosy bar and a warm welcome. If the weather allows, sit outside on the old station platform.
Take your time on the climb to avoind overheating your scooter's motor.
This is a working forest so watch out for vehicles using the roads. The ramble is high and exposed so take plenty of warm and waterproof clothing.
Safety informationThis is a working forest so watch out for vehicles using the roads. The ramble is high and exposed so take plenty of warm and waterproof clothing.
Tips and hints
Finishe you ramble with a visit to the Tafarn Sinc for a meal. The pub is run by the village and has excellent food and a range of beers.
Also, try to visit Pant Mawr Farmhouse Cheese makers and discover a range of special artisan cheeses: https://pantmawrcheeses.co.uk/
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EquipmentA heavy-duty off-road scooter such as the Tramper is needed.