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Family friendly

Come rain or shine you can have a great day out with the family in our woodlands and National Nature Reserves

Group of children sitting on a log

Let's go discover!

Every woodland and National Nature Reserve has plenty of space for younger visitors to let off steam and get closer to nature.

Some places also have family-friendly facilities like play areas, easy cycling trails and pushchair friendly walking trails.

There are also cafés and toilets for when you need a quick pit stop.

Read on for our top tips for a family day out in the great outdoors.

Walks for little legs and parents with pushchairs

Little feet can tire easily, so we’ve got lots of shorter routes that are perfect for little legs as well as puzzle trails to help keep younger walkers interested along the way.

Some of our walking trails follow wide and level paths that are pushchair-friendly.

Places with family-friendly walks

Family walk

Here’s our pick of places with family friendly walking trails.

Afan Forest Park, near Port Talbot

Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest Visitor Centre, near Aberystwyth

Cadair Idris National Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre, near Dolgellau

Cae'n y Coed, near Betws-y-Coed

Clocaenog Forest, near Ruthin

Coed Moel Famau Forest, near Mold

Coed y Brenin Forest Park Visitor Centre, near Dolgellau

Cors Caron National Nature Reserve, near Tregaron

Dyfi Forest – Tan y Coed woodland, near Machynlleth

Garwnant Visitor Centre, near Merthyr Tydfil

Llyn Crafnant, near Llanwrst

Morfa Dyffryn National Nature Reserve, near Barmouth

Newborough National Nature Reserve and forest, Anglesey

Newport Wetlands National Nature Reserve

Oxwich National Nature Reserve, near Swansea

Pont y Pair, Betws-y-Coed

Playing outdoors

From splashing in puddles to hunting for bugs, there’s nothing quite like the freedom of playing outdoors.

There's plenty of outdoor fun to be had at all the places we look after and some of our woodlands have play areas, too.

Places with play areas

Play area

The play areas in these woodlands make the most of their natural setting and are a great place for little ones to let off steam.

Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest Visitor Centre, near Aberystwyth

Coed Moel Famau Forest, near Mold

Coed y Brenin Forest Park Visitor Centre, near Dolgellau

Garwnant Visitor Centre, near Merthyr Tydfil

A two wheeled adventure

Taking the children for a bike ride in one of our woodlands couldn’t be easier thanks to our family friendly, waymarked bike trails. 

Look out for green and blue graded mountain bike trails which are aimed at beginners and make an ideal day out for older children.

Some of our visitor centres have shorter mountain bike trails built especially for young riders and purpose built skills areas to practice riding techniques before setting off on a trail.

Some also have bike hire and bike washing facilities so not only can you rent two wheels, you can clean them too!

Find out more about mountain biking for beginners.

Places with family cycling

Family cycle trail

Explore the great outdoors on two wheels at one of these places which have the best family friendly cycling trails.

Afan Forest Park, near Port Talbot

Brechfa Forest – Byrgwm woodland, near Carmarthen

Coed y Brenin Forest Park Visitor Centre, near Dolgellau

Garwnant Visitor Centre, near Merthyr Tydfil

Llyn Alwen, Hiraethog Forest, near Denbigh

Newborough National Nature Reserve and forest, Anglesey

Become a family of wildlife explorers

Our woodlands and National Nature Reserves are great places to get away from it all and get closer to nature.

Many of them are accessible for the whole family and are great places to enjoy spending time together and to discover some of Wales’s wonderful wildlife. 

Places to spot wildlife

ChildrenYou’ll be out in the natural world whenever you visit one of our places, but here are a few that have family friendly facilities as well as a great opportunity to spot all different kinds of wildlife.

Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest Visitor Centre, near Aberystwyth

Cadair Idris National Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre, near Dolgellau

Cors Caron National Nature Reserve, near Tregaron

Dyfi - Ynyslas National Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre, near Aberystwyth

Morfa Dyffryn National Nature Reserve, near Barmouth

Newborough National Nature Reserve and forest, Anglesey

Newport Wetlands National Nature Reserve, near Newport

Visitor centres

Sometimes you just want a day out somewhere with a few home comforts. 

Our visitor centres have all you need to make a visit with your young explorers an easy one. 

From shops selling ice cream and pocket-money souvenirs to visitor centres with cafés and toilets, we’ve got all your needs covered.

Places with visitor centres

Cadair Idris Visitor Centre

Afan Forest Park, near Port Talbot (visitor centre run by Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council)

Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest Visitor Centre, near Aberystwyth

Cadair Idris National Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre, near Dolgellau

Coed y Brenin Forest Park, near Dolgellau

Dyfi - Ynyslas National Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre, near Aberystwyth

Llyn Alwen and Llyn Brenig, Hiraethog Forest, near Denbigh (visitor centre run by Dwr Cymru)

Garwnant Visitor Centre, near Merthyr Tydfil

Newport Wetlands National Nature Reserve, near Newport (visitor centre run by RSPB)

Discovery backpack

Discovery backpackYou can borrow a free discovery backpack at three of our visitor centres and discover more of the great outdoors.

Each backpack contains useful goodies like binoculars, a magnifying glass, a bug pot and nature identification cards along with a guide explaining how to use them.

Find out where you can borrow a discovery backpack.

 

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