Pentre Ifan, near Brynberian in north
Pembrokeshire, is famous for its cromlech, one of the best examples
of its kind in Wales. The ancient woodland nearby which is Tycanol
NNR represents the type of forest that surrounded Pentre Ifan when
that tomb was built.
The NNR includes both woodland and boulder-strewn heathland with
rock outcrops. One of its outstanding features is the richness of
the lichen flora growing on the trees and rocks.
The management of the reserve aims to maintain the ancient woodland
and the lichen populations. This management includes the use of
sheep, cattle and ponies to graze both heathland and woodland.
Grazing controls the growth of ground vegetation which might
otherwise shade the boulders and lower trunks of trees where some
of the important lichens are found.
Apart from the Pentre Ifan cromlech, there are numerous
archaeological sites in the area, including an iron age fort within
the NNR. These and the nature of the ancient woodland contribute to
an atmosphere of great antiquity and a long association with
There is pedestrian access via a network of public and
permissive footpaths and a bridleway from the Pentre Ifan entrance
to the Tycanol Farm entrance track.
The paths vary from gently undulating wide grass tracks in the
heath areas to unsurfaced and steep bouldery routes in the
woodland. The latter can be slippery in wet conditions.
How to get there
There is no public transport
directly to the reserve.
For buses to Newport, contact Traveline Cymru on 0871 2002233 or
The main access point is via the
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park car park at the beginning of the
track to Pentre Ifan farm:
- Travelling from Newport on the A487, turn right at the Nevern
crossroads, taking the minor road to Sychpant Cross.
- Turn left here and after 1 km, turn right into the small car
- Walk down the track, through Pentre Evan Wood (managed by the
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park) until you arrive at the entrance
The nearest toilets are at Newport 3 miles away.
CCW manages the reserve in partnership with the Pembrokeshire
Coast National Park.
You can contact the Western Team via the CCW enquiries helpline,
0845 1306229, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or write to us under the
‘Contact the team’ section on this website.
Contact the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority by
telephoning 0845 345 7275 or e-mail