SOLD: Bedwen Fawr (Big Birch) £49,000 Freehold


Bedwen Fawr is perched high on the north facing side of the Nant Cwm-tawel river valley. Some of the valley is steep sided, but vehicle access up to the wood is good with a four wheel drive, and from its high position you are rewarded with beautiful views out over the treetops below, and a real feeling of peaceful seclusion, immersed in birdsong. This is a woodland to escape to.

The pull in parking area, cut into the woodland and accessed directly off the access track is big enough to create a camping area, or to build a small shelter or tool store, making it a grand place to practice bushcraft or woodcraft skills, perhaps constructing a stepped boardwalk through parts of Bedwen Fawr to make for easy access.

A cleared path along the eastern boundary is the best entry point to get into this wood for viewing and making your way along here to the southern boundary will reward you with a carpet of bluebell and anemone in the spring.

The purchasers of the woodland will be asked to enter into a covenant to ensure the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of adjoining woodlands and meadows.


The growth in Bedwen Fawr is fairly young and a mix of planted and naturally regenerating broadleaf. There is a lot of birch present, with the occasional rowan, ash, oak, beech and one or two alder which all provide a nice diversity. At understorey there is gorse, wild bilberry or myrtillus vaccinium and clumps of broom here and there.


There is a wonderful variety of birdlife in Cwm Tawel which can be heard in the constant song. Amongst other species the familiar robin, wren and blackbird can be seen and heard; also chiff chaff and wood warbler with its distinctive call as well as the unmistakable knocking of the woodpecker. Red kite and buzzards are regularly seen wheeling above.


Access, tracks and footpaths

Access to the larger woodland, Cwm Tawel, is directly off the main road and the first sections of shared access track are accessible to any vehicle; however, the track up to Bedwen Fawr itself is quite steep and we would recommend only suitable for a four wheel drive vehicle.

There are two public footpaths running through Cwm Tawel (the larger woodland of which Bedwen Fawr is a part) giving the owner access to some nice walking in the area, but no public footpaths run through Bedwen Fawr itself.


With a young woodland the opportunity to coppice always presents itself, and coppicing the young broadleaf will provide a supply of useful small sized round wood either for own use in the garden - pea sticks or material for hurdle making or, alternatively, to sell. It is also useful as firewood or in the manufacture of biochar. As a woodland management technique it encourages biodiversity by providing good habitat for insects and birds and keeping the forest canopy open to an extent allowing the proliferation of wildflowers and other plant species at forest floor.

Local area and history

The reservoir in the valley bottom used to provide water for Carmarthen but has been decommissioned for several years now. Throughout Cwm Tawel small brick structures can be seen, chambers for accessing the network of channels built to carry spring water to the reservoir when it was supplying Carmarthen with water, under the management of the Carmarthen Corporation Water Works in the late 19th century.

Nearby is the Dan-y-Coed Halt, the end of the line of the 4 mile stretch of the Gwili Railway, one of the last few stretches of functioning steam railway in the U.K. The eight mile round trip takes you through four stations along the picturesque railway line which runs along the Afon Gwili through steeply wooded hillsides.

Wood maps

This wood is now sold, please do not visit the wood without the permission of the owner.

Find this wood

This wood is now sold, please do not visit the wood without the permission of the owner.


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 145
  • Grid ref: SN 383 255
  • Nearest post code: SA33 6TP
  • GPS coordinates: 51.905, -4.351

Location map


From Carmarthen take the A484 north for approximately 5 miles towards Cynwyl Elfed.

After passing Carmarthen Demolition yard (known locally as Barretts) with railway sleepers on the left, look out for the Rock and Fountain Inn (a white building) on the left and a small waney-edge timber clad shed just beyond, with a Woodlands for Sale sign on it, and the entrance gate is immediately between the two on the left.

Turn in carefully and enter the code into the gate lock and wait for the gate to open automatically. It will also close again automatically. (Please contact local manager before your visit for the code).

After a short distance you will come to a locked gate. Please park here, without blocking the gate, and continue on foot.

Follow the track straight ahead and up the hill (passing a gate on the left hand side of the track-ignore this) until the track bends to the left and you come to a third (unlocked) gate with a Woodland for Sale sign on it. (On your right here, you will see a yellow public footpath waymarker indicating where the public footpath heads west, along the north bank of the Afon Nant Cwm-tawel.)

Continue through the gate and follow the MIDDLE track straight ahead, not the track to the right.

Continue along this track, up the fairly steep hill, following it bending round to the left, and just before the entrance to Cwm Adar directly ahead of you, take the track to your left and follow it up the hill.

A short distance up the hill you will see the pull in entrance to Bedwen Fawr on your right, marked with a ride stop with a wooden name board and Woodlands for Sale sign.

How we support our buyers

Membership of the small woodland owners’ group

£300 for a woodland course of your choice

One year's free membership of the royal forestry society

Please note this wood is owned by woodlands.co.uk.

Our regional managers are often out working in our woodlands, so if you email an offer and want to be sure it has been received, please phone our manager on their mobile phone. The first offer at the stated price which is accepted, whether by phone or email, has priority.

Please take care when viewing as the great outdoors can contain unexpected hazards and woodlands are no exception. You should exercise common sense and caution, such as wearing appropriate footwear and avoiding visiting during high winds.

These particulars are for guidance only and, though believed to be correct, do not form part of any contract. Woodland Investment Management Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.

Steeply wooded hillside, north facing but with a very open aspect, set high towards the ridge top with views out over and through the tree canopy.

Managed by Tamsin and Matt Brown

Telephone: 07956 256101

Telephone: 07950 379533

Email: [email protected]