SOLD: Coed Garthen £45,000 Freehold


Coed Garthen feels particularly tucked away and private. It sits in a fairly elevated position on the western bank of the river which cuts through the middle of the whole of the larger woodland, Allt yr Hendre, of which Coed Garthen is a part. Allt yr Hendre is a mixed broadleaf and conifer woodland of varying Ancient Woodland designations. Coed Garthen itself is partially designated both PAWS (Plantation on Ancient Woodland Site) and Restored Ancient Woodland.

The entrance to Coed Garthen is on its north eastern side and an old forest track runs from here into the woodland continuing for about two thirds of the full length of the woodland, levelling off for a good proportion of it. It sits about half way up the wooded slope. This is useful and welcome level ground providing fantastic areas for camping or other forestry activities, with views out through the woodland.

The PAWS area in Coed Garthen is found in the northern third of the woodland and is comprised of a stand of both Douglas fir and sitka. The conifer planting extends southwards in the uppermost reaches of the woodland, above the track, up to and along its western boundary, from where you look out over neighbouring fields.

Below the track, there are some lovely mature broadleaf specimens; oak, beech and ash with ivy and several species of ferns such as hard fern, polypodys and male fern amongst others underfoot and a scattered understory of holly, honeysuckle, hazel and hawthorn. There are wildflowers which emerge in the spring and carpets of bluebells.

The easternmost corner of the woodland dips down and is bordered for a short stretch by the river. The access to Coed Garthen via the ford, gives an extra element of excitement and adventure to getting to the woodlands and also leads to our recommendation for 4 wheel drive access only.

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.


There is a mix of conifer and broadleaf in Coed Garthen with part of the woodland being designated PAWS (Plantation on Ancient Woodland Site). This area, mainly the northern and western sector is planted with sitka and Douglas fir. The Douglas fir is well matured and has been thinned over time resulting in large and well spaced trunks. The Sitka presents an opportunity for thinning at some point.

The southern and eastern part of the woodland is broadleaf with a mix of mature oak, beech, birch and some ash.


The varied habitats of the surrounding area and Allt y Hendre's Ancient Woodland status result in a richness of wildlife, some quite rare. Local wildlife recordings have made note of Lesser and Greater Horseshoe bats, not commonly seen these days, attracted to the wooded valleys and Golden plover are drawn to the mud flats of the Taf Estuary. Other coastal birds such as sandpipers, ringed plovers and egrets can be seen and heard at the mouths of the Twyi and Taf, and red kite are frequently seen circling overhead.


Access via the ford.

Short section of river frontage.

Ancient woodland status.

Private and secluded.

Access, tracks and footpaths

The main entrance to Allt yr Hendre is accessed directly off a minor public road. There is a large level area here for shared parking (please do not obstruct for other woodland owners) and for use as a temporary timber stacking area while undertaking woodland management, as long as access is maintained for other woodland owners at all times.

Further access to Coed Garthen itself is via a shallow ford and the track into the woodland can be slippery in wet weather so we would recommend 4 wheel drive access only.

There is a public footpath through the larger woodland Allt yr Hendre and through Coed Garthen's neighbouring woodland Coed Trehyrne, but there is no public footpath access through Coed Garthen itself.


A quiet corner for all manner of woodland pursuits from bird and wildlife watching to green woodwork or other bushcraft activities, or perhaps just paddling in the river!

A lovely quiet wood for camping with the opportunity to take advantage of the public footpath through Allt yr Hendre which connects with the Wales Coast Path close to the banks of the River Taf, west of the woodland, ultimately providing 870 miles of fabulous walking along the entirety of Wales' beautiful and diverse coastline!

The PAWS could be restored to native broadleaf woodland over time with sensitive management.

Local area and history

The villages of Llansteffan and Laugharne are both a short distance, with their interesting respective histories, castles and fantastic beaches.

In Laugharne, you can visit Dylan Thomas' former home, The Boathouse, now a museum, and his writing shed perched above, where it is thought he may have written perhaps three hundred lines of 'Under Milkwood'....!

Carmarthen is only 20 minutes away with all amenities and transport links.

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. 159
  • Grid ref: SN 332 146
  • Nearest post code: SA33 5HR
  • GPS coordinates: 51.805, -4.42

Location map


From the M4 continue on the A48 to Carmarthen.

Follow signs to the A40 and take the A40 (west) towards St Clears for approximately 5 miles.

Take the left turn signposted to Llangynog (3rd exit) at Bancyfelin.

Continue along this road into and through the village of Llangynog.

After exiting Llangynog, after about 1/3 of a mile, you will see ahead of you the abandoned building of the Wern Inn opposite, as the road bends fairly sharply to the left. Continue along this road and follow it as it then bends to the right (do not take the left fork) and then continue as it takes you into woodland.

After approximately half a mile, keep an eye out for a wooden gate on your right, with a Woodlands for Sale sign. Pull in here carefully and continue on foot.

The main entrance gate where you park:

Coordinates: 51.805168,-4.418602

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From the main entrance gate follow the track round to the right and downhill until reaching the ford. Cross the river, towards the right hand track on the far side and continue up this track until you see the entrance to Coed Garthen on the left, marked with a ride stop, 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.

Gorgeous little corner of ancient broadleaf woodland, tucked away and private, with some river frontage

Managed by Tamsin and Matt Brown

Telephone: 07956 256101

Telephone: 07950 379533

Email: [email protected]