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image for Mountain Biking item typeThe Rowan Trail at Garwnant Visitor Centre (NRW)

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Cycle Route, free entry

Children mountain biking at Garwnant

Children mountain biking at Garwnant

Children mountain biking on the all ability mountain biking trail at Garwnant.

Details

The Rowan Trail can be started from Garwnant Visitor Centre in Coed Taf Fawr which is part of Brecon Beacons National Park Forests. Merthyr Tydfil is the nearest town or village.

The Rowan trail is designed to be suitable for "First Timers". Having warmed up on the Bike Park, The Rowan Trail leads riders up a broad single track climb to where the trails split. Descent flows down a series of berms and open turns, humps and bumps. It can be ridden fast or slow. It descends to finish below the Bike Park either exit to the car park, or go again on another run.

More information in relation to whether or not this is suitable for you and where you can get training can be found on the Natural Resources Wales website.

Duration: 5 - 15 minutes

Baby changing facilitiesDisabled toiletsOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toilets

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs accepted

Café The café is adjacent to the visitor centre and it is run by local company, Just Perfect Catering. The café serves hot and cold drinks, cakes, lunches and daily specials. It specialises in local produce ranging from Celtic Pride beef to Welsh real dairy award-winning ice cream. There are picturesque views from the restaurant area and there is outside seating for warmer days. Children's play area The children’s outdoor play area is situated near the visitor centre and picnic area. The main play area is suitable for children aged up to 8 years. The low ropes course is suitable for children aged between 7 and 15 years. All of the play equipment is of robust timber construction which blends in with the forest surroundings. The play area is maintained to a high standard by site staff it receives an annual independent RoSPA inspection. Fishing Fishing is not permitted on the Garwnant site but you can buy a permit to fish in reservoirs nearby that are managed by Dwr Cymru Welsh Water. Permits may be bought from the ticket machines on site. The cost of a permit varies according to location, size of catch, age and concessions. Please note: Sometimes we need to close or divert trails for your safety whilst we undertake maintenance work or forest operations. Occasionally we may have to close a site in extreme weather, such as high winds or snow and ice due to the risk of injury to visitors or staff. Please always follow any instructions onsite and make sure you follow any temporary diversion signs in place.

Open all the time

Prices

Free entry

Garwnant Pay and Display:
Car - £2
Minibus - £5
Annual ticket - £20

Season tickets can be obtained at the ticket machine at the car park. The cost is £20.00 and you will need 20 pound coins.Please take the ticket to the Recreation Ranger in the office to exchange for a pass.

Car park entry barrier
From March to October: the car park entry barrier is open from 8am to 8pm.
From November to February: the car park entry barrier is open from 9am to 5pm.

The exit barrier has “paddles” which allow vehicles to exit the site after the entry barrier has been locked which means you may leave the site whenever you are ready.

Contact

Enquiries

0300 065 3000

Address

Cwmtaf,
Merthyr Tydfil,
CF48 2HU

Location

Directions

Plan route to Garwnant Visitor Centre (NRW) using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SO 010120  Lat: 51.75073 Long: -3.37757

Garwnant is situated just off the A470 5 miles north of Merthyr Tydfil. It is well sign posted from the A470

The OS grid reference is SO 003 132.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 7 miles from Merthyr Tydfil station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

Café The café is adjacent to the visitor centre and it is run by local company, Just Perfect Catering. The café serves hot and cold drinks, cakes, lunches and daily specials. It specialises in local produce ranging from Celtic Pride beef to Welsh real dairy award-winning ice cream. There are picturesque views from the restaurant area and there is outside seating for warmer days. Children's play area The children’s outdoor play area is situated near the visitor centre and picnic area. The main play area is suitable for children aged up to 8 years. The low ropes course is suitable for children aged between 7 and 15 years. All of the play equipment is of robust timber construction which blends in with the forest surroundings. The play area is maintained to a high standard by site staff it receives an annual independent RoSPA inspection. Fishing Fishing is not permitted on the Garwnant site but you can buy a permit to fish in reservoirs nearby that are managed by Dwr Cymru Welsh Water. Permits may be bought from the ticket machines on site. The cost of a permit varies according to location, size of catch, age and concessions. Please note: Sometimes we need to close or divert trails for your safety whilst we undertake maintenance work or forest operations. Occasionally we may have to close a site in extreme weather, such as high winds or snow and ice due to the risk of injury to visitors or staff. Please always follow any instructions onsite and make sure you follow any temporary diversion signs in place.