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Mountain Biking:Garwnant | Mountain Biking Trails at Garwnant Forest Visitor Centre (NRW)

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Garwnant Visitor Centre

Garwnant Visitor Centre

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Garwnant Visitor Centre

Mountain Biking, free entry

Merthyr Tydfil,
CF48 2HU



Garwnant Visitor Centre on the southern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park lies within 400 acres of woodland on the edge of Llwyn-on reservoir. The centre is the starting point for walking trails, nature trails, mountain biking routes, and a fully accessible trail for wheelchair users and buggies.

There are three mountain biking trails that start from Garwnant Visitor Centre:

Rowan Trail (550 metres, grade green)
The Rowan mountain bike trail is a green-graded (easy) trail which 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 Trail (450 metres, grade blue)
The Spruce mountain bike trail is a blue-graded (moderate) short trail 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.

Mountain Bike Skills Park (for young children; adult supervision is highly recommended)
The Mountain Bike Skills Park has a series of child-friendly obstacles designed especially to improve skills and build confidence. 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.

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.

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

Children welcomeMobility Accessibility FacilitiesDogs accepted

Open all the time


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.


Merthyr Tydfil,
CF48 2HU


Plan route to Garwnant Forest 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


  • 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
  • Mobility Accessibility FacilitiesMobility Accessibility Facilities
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted