Parc Cwm Darran

A tranquil country park tucked away in the Darran Valley, two miles north of Bargoed. Take an easy stroll along lakeside paths or wander through shady woodlands. Discover sunny wildflower meadows when you follow our short trail through the Cwmllwydrew Meadows Local Nature Reserve.

A network of cycle paths and scenic trails take you deeper into the historic landscapes of the northern Rhymney Valley. After all that exercise you can take a break in the Lakeside Coffee Shop with a cup of tea and delicious homemade cake and use the Touch Screen interactive games. 

We also have an audio trail that looks at the history of Parc Cwm Darran, exploring the transition of the site from coal to countryside. 

Visit the odd shaped Powder Store. Part of the former Ogilvie Colliery on which the park is built, it has been restored and is one of the last remaining in Wales, or walk over the unique wooden footbridge at the former Ogilvie Halt.

Parc Cwm Darran Countryside Collector Trail

These are a fantastic way to discover more about your local countryside.

There are waymarked trails and many unmarked tracks around Parc Cwm Darran for you to enjoy. Dotted along these tracks and trails are ten, easy to find, numbered posts, each with the name of a creature or plant that is found in that part of the park. As you find the posts, just write the name of the creature or plant in your album next to the correct number. There’s a map included in the booklet to help you find your way.

Once you’ve collected at least FIVE names, send us a stamped addressed envelope (don’t send your album) with your completed card claim form and we’ll send you your free collector cards; the address is on the back of the book.

Remember, you’ll need to fill out the questionnaire to qualify for your cards.

Each time you come to the park you can collect more cards by exploring different parts of the park and finding more posts. There are three parks to visit and three books to complete – collect all 30 cards.

Interactive Collector Trail Map


Parc Cwm Darran Lake

The lake is one of the park’s main features and was created over 30 years ago. In 2006, the lake was drained, de-silted and re-filled to create an open water area and a wetland area for wildlife. While all the water in the lake was being taken out, (to the rangers surprise) there were lots of fish which had to be re-homed temporarily in the quarry pond.

A sandstone dam wall was built below the wetlands to help trap the soil and sand that washes into the lake from the river to prevent the lake silting up again. 20 fishing platforms made from recycled plastic were also installed (including two all ability platforms).

Fishing is free to members of angling clubs which are members of the Rhymney River Federation of Angling Clubs. A day ticket must be bought in advance for anybody who is not a member of these clubs. They are available from;

  • Green's Fishing Tackle, Pontllanfraith
  • Maesycwmmer Convenience Store
  • Tony's Tackle, Caerphilly
  • Howard Jones Hardware, Pontlottyn

Facilities and walking routes

* Opening times are 10.30 to 4.30 for the Café and Visitor Centre in the school summer holidays

How to get there

  • Location: Google maps
  • By Bus:  Service 1 - Bargoed to Merthyr, Service 4 - Bargoed to Tredegar
  • By bike: Use the Darran Valley cycleway from Bargoed or Fochriw
  • By car: The entrance is midway between Deri and Fochriw (to the north of Bargoed).

Contact Details

  • Telephone: Parc Cwm Darran on: 01443 875557
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