Cwmcarn Forest

Please note that the Forest Drive has now closed for the removal of the infected Larch trees.  You can still walk and cycle in the forest and the Visitor Centre is open as normal.

Cwmcarn Forest offers something for all the family. The visitor centre provides a place to stock up on refreshments and gifts as well as finding out about what you can do in the area.

Explore by bike and foot the delights of this hidden wooded valley that culminates in a stunning sequence of views.

The hills of this previously mined area have been transformed into peaceful forests with impressive views. It is difficult to imagine that some of the surrounding hillsides were slag heaps with hardly a tree to be seen. The Forestry Commission started to plant trees here in 1922. Today Cwmcarn Forest in the Nantcarn valley has become a haven for people and wildlife.

Visitor centre - opening hours

An ideal place to sit and relax after your visit. Well behaved dogs (and their owners) are welcome in the cafe!

  • 2 September to 21 April - 9am to 5pm (4:30pm Friday)
  • 22 April to 1st September - 9am to 5pm (6pm Friday to Sunday)
  • 23 December to 2nd January - Closed


Car parking charges now apply throughout the site, £1 for 2 hours, £3 all day.

Inclement weather

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 on 01495 272001 before your journey.