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image for Forest or Woodland item typeCwmcarn Forest at Cwmcarn Forest (NRW)

Forest or Woodland, free entry

Cwmcarn Forest Visitor Centre

Cwmcarn Forest Visitor Centre

Cwmcarn Forest Visitor Centre

Details

One of the best kept secrets in the Valleys, Cwmcarn Forest Drive is just minutes from Newport and not much further from Cardiff, but it brings visitors right into the heart of the beautiful local woodlands. The 7 mile drive is just one of the attractions- there is plenty to keep you busy once you step out of the car. School groups use it as an outdoor education venue and the area is perfect for walking, fishing, or just outdoor play.

There are two walks that start from the visitor centre:

Nant Carn (0.9 miles, 1.5 miles).
This is a short stroll during which you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the stream and lake.

Bluebell Walk (1.2 miles, 1.8 kilometres).
This gentle walk takes in woodlands, ponds and streams. Along the way there are fine views of the valley and the pit wheel.

Cwmcarn Forest is also home to one of the best mountain biking trails in South Wales - and there is some stiff competition for that title. Mountain bikers come from across the UK to try their skills against the challenging and adrenaline-packed course, although there are biking options for the less adventurous too!

It’s a great place for a picnic. BBQ facilities have been provided for visitor use and there are sculpture gardens and kids play areas nearby, so the whole family will find something to enjoy. Light refreshments are available on site and there is even a designated camp ground for those who want to stay longer.

The best time to do Cwmcarn Forest Drive is probably in late summer or early autumn, just as the leaves are beginning to change colour, or in spring when the new green foliage is just reappearing. It can be spectacular in winter but all roads in this area do get icy so cautious driving is recommended.

The visitor centre provides a place to stock up on refreshments and gifts as well as finding out about what you can do in the area. The cafe is open 9.30am -4pm Sat-Thursday & Friday 9.30am-3.30pm.

The Cwmcarn Forest Visitor Centre is run by Caerphilly County Borough Council and has a spacious information area where you will find walking guides, maps and information on the surrounding area.

Many of the trees in Cwmcarn Forest have been infected by larch disease (Phytophthora ramorum) and 400 acres of these infected trees will be cut down and removed. See the Natural Resources Wales website for the latest information.
http://naturalresources.wales/out-and-about/places-to-go/south-east-wales/cwmcarn-forest/?lang=en

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsPushchairs availableRegional Tourist Board MemberWelcome HostAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs accepted

At the foot of the forest drive is the brand new Visitor Centre, which always has a warm welcome for you. You can find information on walks, cycling activities and other things to do in the area. There is also a gift shop and a cafe with outdoor decking area. Many of the trees in Cwmcarn Forest have been infected by larch disease (Phytophthora ramorum) and 400 acres of these infected trees will be cut down and removed. See the Natural Resources Wales website for the latest information. http://naturalresources.wales/out-and-about/places-to-go/south-east-wales/cwmcarn-forest/?lang=en 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

Forest Drive:
Motorbike £3.00, Car £5.00, Minibus £10.00

Contact

Enquiries

0300 065 3000

Address

Nantcarn Road,
Cwmcarn, Cross Keys,
Nr Newport,
NP11 7FA

Location

Directions

Plan route to Cwmcarn Forest (NRW) using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: ST 226938  Lat: 51.63765 Long: -3.11981

Cwmcarn Visitor Centre is in Cwmcarn Forest.

Sign posted Forest Drive from M4.

The visitor Centre (run by Caerphilly County Borough Council) is situated about half a mile from Cwmcarn and the drive starts a further half mile on the same road.

Crosskeys and Abercarn are the nearest towns or villages.

OS Grid Reference: ST 229 935

For details of public transport visit http://www.traveline-cymru.info/

Postcode NP11 7FA (for satnav purposes)

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 5 miles from CrossKeys station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Pushchairs availablePushchairs available
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

At the foot of the forest drive is the brand new Visitor Centre, which always has a warm welcome for you. You can find information on walks, cycling activities and other things to do in the area. There is also a gift shop and a cafe with outdoor decking area. Many of the trees in Cwmcarn Forest have been infected by larch disease (Phytophthora ramorum) and 400 acres of these infected trees will be cut down and removed. See the Natural Resources Wales website for the latest information. http://naturalresources.wales/out-and-about/places-to-go/south-east-wales/cwmcarn-forest/?lang=en 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.