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. Please note the café is temporarily closed.

 

Forest Holidays is working in partnership with Natural Resources Wales to bring a new-look visitor centre, café, shop and eco-sensitive cabin location to Garwnant.

 

Work is currently underway and will be completed by early 2023.

 

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 is a children’s outdoor play area and skills park with child-friendly obstacles to improve bike-riding skills and build confidence.

There is a large picnic area around the car park and picnic benches along the walking trails.

Walking trails

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.

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.

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. 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
  • Trail information: 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.

Children's play area

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

Accessibility information

  • parking for Blue Badge holders
  • Changing Places toilet (with baby changing facility)
  • 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.

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

Ordnance Survey map

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

The OS grid reference is SO 002 131.

Public transport

The nearest mainline railway station is in Merthyr Tydfil.

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

Contact details

The car park and visitor facilities at Garwnant are 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

01283 228841

GarwnantVC@forestholidays.co.uk 

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