Places to visit
Find out about visiting our woodlands and National Nature Reserves
We look after woodlands and National Nature Reserves all over Wales.
Most of these places are open for people to enjoy and we want everyone to return home safely after their visit.
You are responsible for your own safety as well as the safety of any children and animals with you during your visit.
Read on for advice and tips to help you visit our places safely.
Find out what to expect at the woodland or reserve you want to visit by checking its page on this website - do this before you set off as the mobile phone signal is unreliable in some places.
Check the weather forecast and, if you want to enjoy the sea, check the bathing water quality and tide times to reduce the risk of getting cut off.
Make sure you have everything you need including:
Before you leave, tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back - remember that your mobile phone may not work in rural areas if you get lost or into difficulty.
Some of our woodlands and reserves are situated in the most rural parts of Wales and others are located on remote coastlines.
There are trails for walking, running, mountain biking, cycling or horse riding in many of our woodlands and reserves.
Please take the time to read the information panel before you set off on one of our trails.
Forestry operations take place in many of our forests and can involve large and powerful machinery.
If this work affects our waymarked trails, we provide alternative routes or diversions where possible. Sometimes we may have to close a trail to allow the work to take place safely.
Please follow any diversions to trails, even if you can’t hear or see any activity, to help ensure your safety as well as that of our staff and contractors.
Watch our film about visiting our forests safely.
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.
We may close or divert our trails for your safety whilst we undertake maintenance work or other operations.
You should always follow any instructions given by signs or local staff including any trail diversion signs.
We give information about planned trail closures and diversions or other changes to visitor facilities on this website - we recommend that you check for any changes before setting off, especially if you want to follow a particular trail.
Find out about planned trail closures or other changes to visitor facilities at the place you want to visit by checking its page on this website.
The Countryside Code has advice for countryside visitors and is your guide to enjoying parks and waterways, coast and countryside safely.
These codes give advice to keep you safe when taking part in specific activities:
To read any of these activity codes, go to the Countryside Code webpages.
Our woodlands and forests are home to some of the most famous mountain bike trails in Britain.
Mountain biking is an exhilarating activity but the speed and obstacles that make it fun also make it hazardous. It should only be undertaken with a full understanding of all inherent risks.
Find out what trail grades mean, check out some tips for newcomers to mountain biking and read the Forest Cycle Code on our mountain biking page.
Call for help if you or anyone in your group (including your dog) gets into difficulty or if you find someone else in trouble - don't put yourself at risk!
Call 999, ask for the Police and then the Mountain Rescue.
Call 999 and ask for the Fire & Rescue Service.
Call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
Contact our incident centre to report damage to our trails or visitor facilities.