Useful information to make your visit to Cwmcarn Forest enjoyable including travel directions, opening hours and contact details for enquires.
The new Visitor Centre features a spacious information area where you will find walking guides, maps and information on the surrounding area. There is a great selection of gifts in the Gift Shop featuring locally produced crafts and Welsh goods. The café at Cwmcarn Visitor Centre has a new menu with a wide range of snacks and cakes.
An ideal place to sit and relax after your visit. Well behaved dogs (and their owners) are welcome in the cafe!
Visitor Centre Opening Times
|2nd September - 21st April||9:00am - 5:00pm (4:30pm Fri)|
|22nd April - 1st September||9:00am - 5:00pm (6:00pm Fri-Sun)|
|23rd December - 2nd January||Closed|
(Due to circumstances outside of our control there will be no toilet facilities available during the closedown period.)
Cwmcarn Forest Drive
Cwmcarn Forest Drive, run by Forestry Commission Wales, is a seven mile long scenic route through the rolling hills and green mountains of one the country's largest urban forests.
|March||11:00am - 5:00pm|
|April - August||11:00am - 7:00pm (last entry 6:00pm)|
|September - October||11:00am - 5:00pm (last entry 4:00pm)|
|November - February||11:00am - 4:00pm (weekends only)|
Please note that the Drive may be closed in adverse weather conditions including high winds, poor visibilty, snow and ice. You are advised to contact the centre before your journey. Thank you.
How to find us
By Road - please refer to the map, select the marker, choose 'Get Directions: To here' and enter your starting location.
(As you approach Cwmcarn Forest, please follow the signage for the site, as Satellite Navigation Systems will direct you to a local housing estate.)
Please visit the Traveline website for a comprehensive journey planner offering all possible bus, coach and rail options to Cwmcarn Forest.
The most convenient bus stops are "Silver Street" situated on Twyncarn Road in Pontywaun. These are at the main entrance road to Cwmcarn Forest Drive.
The nearest train station is Crosskeys, which is about a 15minute walk from the Visitor Centre.
Useful contact details
|National Rail Enquiries||- 08457 484950|
|Traveline Cymru||- 0871 200 22 33 / website|
|Caerphilly Travelinks||- 01495 235223|
Car parking charges now apply throughout the site, £1 for 2 hours, £3 all day.
Wildlife Explorer Trail
Entertain the children at the Wildlife explorer etching trail at Cwmcarn Forest. Please see the events listing for further information.
Please note that Parking charges have now been implemented across the site, any visitor will be required to display a valid ticket within their vehicle. £1 for the first 2 hours, £3 for the whole day. A ticket is valid for all car parks throughout the site (please note that no parking ticket is required for the Forest Drive however an entrance fee applies).
Camping Pods are available to hire
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