The peace that falls on a forest in winter along with the mist, moss and shards of winter sun through densely packed trees make for a magical picnic. Brechfa is a large area of mostly coniferous forest with picnic tables and waymarked trails for winter wanderings. Don't miss the Forest Garden Trail to spot giant redwoods, eucalyptus sessile oak and walnut.
Picnic tip: Pine needles gathered together make for super soft makeshift table and chairs when spread with a blanket or sheet. Take the kids and hunt for fairies in the forest. The towering pines springing from alpine slopes and the natural outward bound terrain both make for invigorating explorations.
How to reach: The Abergorlech Picnic Site is set in Brechfa. Abergorlech is a small village and friendly community who welcome all visitors. Find it next to Brechfa Forest on the B4310.
Suggested walk: Brechfa Forest
Nearby deli for winter picnic provisions:
Based right in the centre of Llandeilo, the quirky Ginhaus Deli’s picnics include a Glanbrydan Focaccia, 150g each of two Welsh cheeses such as Perl Wen and Perl Las, a pot of mixed olives, a pack of Bakers Pig Welsh Salami, a pot of mixed nuts and a small jar of Miranda’s chutney. Price: £22 for two people supplied in a Ginhaus brown paper bag with disposable cutlery. Option to take a wooden board (with returnable deposit payment) to lay out the picnic spread. Extras could include Welsh Gin, a thermos of coffee or cawl or customers can even design their own.
Hamper from Ginhaus Deli, Llandeilo
Where to stay:
B&B- Ty Mawr Country Hotel is an award-winning rural hotel with a growing reputation for fabulous food. Quiet and secluded, it makes a perfect base for a relaxing break and is located close to the nearby National Botanical Gardens, National Trust Dinefwr Park and Aberglasney Gardens.
Self Catering- Penrhipyn Cottage- originally a blacksmith’s shop, this 19th century cottage in the idyllic hamlet of Gwernogle, Cothi Valley, is built of river-stone with traditional features throughout including exposed oak beams and wooden flooring. Based close to the Brechfa forest as well as the Llanfihangel Rhos-y-Corn mountain and Gorlech Trails Abergorlech, this cottage is the perfect base for those who simply want to get away from it all.