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Bwlch Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre

Bwlch Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre

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  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Visitor Centre

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Details

Bwlch Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre sits at the head of a dramatic valley and has commanding views of Cardigan Bay and the Cambrian Mountains.

The visitor centre is the starting point for a range of waymarked trails for walkers, mountain bikers, runners and horse riders.

It is well-known for its long established tradition of daily feeding of red kites, Wales’s National Bird of Prey.

The range of trails include:
three waymarked walking trails of different lengths which all offer great views.
three of the finest mountain bike trails in Wales, famous for long singletrack runs and superb views.
two running trails with flat sections, climbs and a variety of surfaces.
four orienteering courses ranging from beginner level to a more challenging option for experienced orienteers.
a waymarked circular trail for horse riders via forest tracks, paths and quiet tarmac roads.

The café serves fresh, locally sourced produce daily.

The menu includes succulent pork sausages and tasty venison or beef burgers, homemade soups and a delicious choice of cakes.

It is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm (hot food is served between 10am and 3pm).

There are two play areas, one for toddlers and one for older children.
The toddlers’ play area is for children aged between three and six years. It has a safety-surfaced play zone and easy access for parents, pushchairs and young children. The equipment includes two toddler swings and a purpose built unit with a slide, climbing wall, climbing net and ladder.
The Dizzy Heights Play Area is for children aged six years and older. It has a wood chip surface, two giant basket swings, an orangutan climbing frame and a purpose-built section with slide, climbing wall, rope ladder, fireman's pole and climbing net.

All of the play equipment is of robust timber construction which blends in with the forest surroundings.

Bwlch Nant yr Arian has been awarded the Gold Award by Visit Wales for attractions which make an exceptional effort to create an enjoyable and memorable experience for their visitors.

Please note:
Sometimes we need to close or divert trails for your safety whilst we undertake maintenance work or forest operations.
Occasionally 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.
Please always follow any instructions onsite and make sure you follow any temporary diversion signs in place.

Please see the Bwlch Nant yr Arian update on our Bwlch Nant yr Arain web page for the latest information

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWheelchairs availableAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs acceptedFacilities for hearing impaired

Onsite parking costs £1.50 for up to two hours and £3.00 for over two hours. A season ticket is available. Please note: Sometimes we need to close or divert trails for your safety whilst we undertake maintenance work or forest operations. Occasionally 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. Please always follow any instructions onsite and make sure you follow any temporary diversion signs in place.

Opening Details

Open all the time

10am until 5pm daily

Prices

£1.50 parking fee for up to two hours
£3 parking fee for over two hours

Location

Directions

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Map reference: SN 717813  Lat: 52.41506 Long: -3.88710

Located 10 miles east of Aberystwyth on the A44 (Aberystwyth - Llangurig (A470) road) and two miles west of Ponterwyd.
The nearest train station is Aberystwyth, and has connections on to the 525 bus which stops at the entrance to the car park.

OS Grid Reference: SN 717813

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 10 miles from Aberystwyth station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired

Onsite parking costs £1.50 for up to two hours and £3.00 for over two hours. A season ticket is available. Please note: Sometimes we need to close or divert trails for your safety whilst we undertake maintenance work or forest operations. Occasionally 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. Please always follow any instructions onsite and make sure you follow any temporary diversion signs in place.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesHas a ramp

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesHearing loop installed in public areas

General

  • YesHearing loop system
  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFree
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system

Entrance

  • YesSteps to the main entrance
    • 6
      Number of steps to entrance
    • YesHandrail by steps
  • YesRamp to entrance
  • YesEntrance is well lit

Food

  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesVegetarian
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu
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