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Something over 2 hectares. Mixed coniferous/deciduous woodland, including a magical oak and some beautiful tall beeches. Here's a fairly recent aerial photograph.
Grid reference SO319070. It's about 100m east of the road between Goytre and Llanover, about 1.5km north of Goytre. Here is an OS Landranger map of it. The wood is the north-western corner of the area shown as woodland on this map; the rest (which I believe is Forestry Commission land) was felled a few years ago and has not yet been replanted.
The A4042 from Goytre (to the south) to Llanover (to the north) runs north/south about 200 metres to the west of the wood. The only crossroads on the A4042 between Goytre and Llanover is a narrow country lane which runs one field to the north of the wood (visible on the photo). Access is from this lane and across the field. Take the first entrance on the right, about 200m from the main road. This leads into a field, through an unlocked gate (shut the gate). Go straight across the field (stay close to the fence on your right) to the gate into the wood. Shut the Gate.
There are no facilities in the wood. There are the remains of a caravan, which used to be a basic but comfortable place to stay until it was burned out by vandals in 2002. We are intending to remove this soon.
You should find it possible to walk more-or-less around the perimeter of the wood; the path is indistinct in places where the bracken, brambles, and rhododendrons are particularly rampant. Please make some efforts to clear it as you go around.
Goytre has public toilets, pubs, B&Bs etc. We nearly stayed at Ty Cooke Farm, about one mile from the wood; it seems very friendly. We have stayed at Ty'r Ywen Farm before, and would do so again, but they don't take children.
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- Nicholas 2003-06-30.
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