These expansive woods in the Vale of Glamorgan have miles of fine trails to try.
You can start the walk from the parking area just to the north of Welsh St Donats. From here you can pick up the trails heading south east to the pretty lake known in Welsh as Pysgodlyn Mawr. It's a lovely tranquil spot with the lake flanked by the attractive woodland. After rounding the lake you return to the car park where there's a picnic site to relax in. You could extend the walk by continuing south east to visit the mill pond at Warren Mill Farm.
PostcodeCF71 7SW - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Hensol Forest Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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Hensol Forest OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Hensol Forest Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The woods are ideal for dog walking so you may well bump into other owners on a fine day.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
A few miles west of the woods you'll find the town of Cowbridge. Here you can explore the area on the circular Cowbridge Walk. This pleasant route explores the attractive market town with its Physic Garden and pretty riverside park.
Also near the woods is the historic town of Llantwit Major. Here you can enjoy a fine coastal walk to the photogenic lighthouse at Nash Point. You can also pick up the Glamorgan Heritage Coast Walk in this area.