Things to do

Parc Cwm Darran offers an alternative low cost trip for all the family. We welcome visitors from all over the world and are happy to cater to their wilderness needs.



There are designated routes throughout the Parc, as well as other less used paths if visitors wish to venture off the beaten path and explore.

Trails include our Healthy Walk around the Ogilvie Lake, several waymarked walks,  an Audio Trail,  Route 469 of the National Cycleway which runs the whole length of the valley and the  Escape to the Darran Valley walk.

The walks are all of varying degrees of length and difficulty.  In addition to this, there is the Darran Valley 10 stone trail, for the more adventurous and seasoned walker.

This takes walkers back in time to discover the long history of the valley from Bronze Age settlers, the Romans, Medieval agricultural settlements and the remnants of an era under the Marquis of Bute.


Within the Parc there are three designated cycle paths. These are 1.2km, 2km and 2.5km in length and a map is provided within a booklet for anyone wanting to cycle these.  These are designed for cyclocross, but are also fun to ride on a mountain bike. They are a mixture of different surefaces including tarmac, grass and shale.

There are a variety of small climbs and descents and optional obstacles to tackle if you wish to do so. Section 469 of the National Cycleway network runs the whole lenth of the park from Bargoed in the south to Fochriw in the north and is over 5 miles long. You’ll find this flat and safe for the children.


Course fishing is available at the Ogilvie Lake within the Parc and this is overseen by the Rhymney Angling Association.  contact Tel Nos      for day ticket prices. All visitors who are going to fish need to be in possession of a valid rod license.

Picnic Areas

Located in many areas of Parc Cwm Darran are picnic benches for use by visitors. Visitors are welcome to bring their own food or purchase food at The Lake’s Café. They are also welcomed to bring their own BBQ’s to use, as long as they are not disposable, are kept a sufficient distance from long grass and other foliage, maintained at all times by an adult and the hot coals disposed off safely.

Play Areas

There are two play areas for children to come and enjoy. One is located near the visitor centre and campsite and has a seating/picnic area. The second play area is the Ogilvie Olympics, which is an obstacle course to challenge all ages!!! Score cards are available from the centre for this activity.

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