Garwnant Visitor Centre, near Merthyr Tydfil

What's here

The visitor facilities at Garwnant are now managed by Forest Holidays. The car park, trails, café and visitor centre remain open to day visitors. Forest Holidays will be building timber holiday cabins in the forest and upgrading the visitor centre, café and shop.

 

Welcome

Garwnant Visitor Centre is the southern gateway to the Brecon Beacons National Park and is easy to find, just off the A470 north of Merthyr Tydfil.

Several walking trails explore this family-friendly forest and one is accessible for pushchairs and visitors using wheelchairs.

There are two short mountain bike trails for younger riders and a skills park with child-friendly obstacles to improve skills and build confidence.

There is a children’s outdoor play area and an animal puzzle trail with sculptures to spot.

The café has an outside seating area, and there is a large picnic area around the car park and picnic benches along the walking trails.

Walking trails

The walking trails are waymarked from start to finish.

Find out about walking trail grades.

Willow Walk

  • Grade: Accessible
  • Distance: ½ mile/0.8 kilometre
  • Trail information: The trail allows easy access to explore the forest for visitors with wheelchairs, electric buggies and pushchairs. It follows a level gravel track with some gradual inclines and slopes.

The Willow Walk is an accessible trail with a number of stream crossings.

After crossing three bridges, the trail goes through a willow tunnel on its way back to the visitor centre.

Wern Walk

  • Grade: Moderate
  • Distance: 1¾ miles/2.9 kilometres
  • Trail information: The route follows a stoned track and forest road and has some uphill and downhill slopes.

The Wern Walk is a woodland trail past the ruins of Wern Farm, which reveals this area's agricultural past.

The trail returns to the visitor centre along a forest road which offers some good views along the way.

Children's facilities

Tree Discovery Trail

  • Grade: Accessible
  • Distance: ½ mile/0.8 kilometre
  • Trail information: This discovery trail follows the Willow Walk route. 

Download the discovery trails leaflet from the bottom of this web page.

Take a crayon to make leaf rubbings from the signs.

Then set off on the Willow Walk and follow the clues and map around the trail to identify the trees.

Animal Sculpture Trail

  • Grade: Easy
  • Distance: ¾ mile/1.1 kilometres

Download the discovery trails leaflet from the bottom of this web page.

Then follow the clues and the map around the trail keeping your eyes peeled for the animals.

Mountain Bike Skills Park

The Mountain Bike Skills Park has a series of child-friendly obstacles designed especially to improve skills and build confidence and two short trails.

Riders need to be able to pedal uphill and to negotiate simple turns.

All features can be ridden slowly or avoided completely and riders push their bike up the ramp and ride around each of the features in turn.

Adult supervision is highly recommended for young children.

Rowan Mountain Bike Trail

  • Grade: Green (easy)
  • Distance: 570 metres

The Rowan mountain bike trail has been designed for junior first time mountain bikers and it can be ridden fast or slow.

It starts with a warm-up in the Bike Park, and then goes up a broad single track climb.

It descends down a series of berms and open turns, humps and bumps and finishes below the Bike Park.

Spruce Mountain Bike Trail

  • Grade: Blue (moderate)
  • Distance: 470 metres

The Spruce mountain bike trail has been designed to improve riding skills.

It shares the ascent with the Rowan Trail and then splits off to follow a short rhythm section.

An easy drop off is followed by some steep bermed corners and the fast descent flows through more turns and a fast finish, leading back on to the shared ascent.

The route then descends the Rowan Trail to finish.

Children's play area

The children’s outdoor play area is situated near the visitor centre and picnic area.

Café

The café is run by local company Just Perfect Catering.

The café serves hot and cold drinks, cakes, lunches and daily specials. 

There are views from the restaurant area and there is outside seating.

For more information and opening times, contact Just Perfect:

Just Perfect Facebook page

01685 373053

enquiries@justperfectcatering.co.uk

Opening times

The visitor facilities at Garwnant are now managed by Forest Holidays. 

For more details and opening times go to the Forest Holidays website 

Accessibility information

  • parking for Blue Badge holders
  • wheelchair access to the café
  • accessible toilets (with baby changing facilities)
  • Changing Places toilet (with baby changing facility)
  • hearing loop in café
  • picnic tables with easy access for wheelchairs and electric buggies
  • accessible trail (Willow Walk)

How to get here

Location

Garwnant Visitor Centre is 5 miles north of Merthyr Tydfil. 

It is in the county of Rhondda Cynon Taf.

The postcode for satellite navigation is CF48 2HU.

Ordnance Survey map

Garwnant Visitor Centre is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map OL 12.

The OS grid reference is SO 002 131.

Directions

Take the A470 from Merthyr Tydfil towards Brecon and follow the brown and white signs to the car park.

Public transport

The nearest mainline railway station is in Merthyr Tydfil.

The local bus service which passes the site is the T4 Merthyr to Brecon.

The Beacons Bus also passes the site and operates during the summer.

For details of public transport go to the Traveline Cymru website.

Parking

The car park at Garwnant is now managed by Forest Holidays.

For opening times and the latest information go to the Forest Holidays website or contact the visitor centre.

Contact the visitor centre

The visitor facilities at Garwnant are now managed by Forest Holidays.

01283 228841

GarwnantVC@forestholidays.co.uk

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