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Bwlch Nant yr Arian in Winter

Bwlch Nant yr Arian in Winter

Bwlch Nant yr Arian in Winter

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Bwlch Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre,
Ponterwyd,
Aberystwyth,
Ceredigion,
SY23 3AB

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Bwlch Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre is easy to find, just off the A44, and its range of visitor facilities mean it is a popular destination during the tourist season. During the winter the site is less busy and so this is an ideal time to enjoy the waymarked walking trails and soak up the sights, sounds and smells of nature without the crowds.

Bwlch Nant yr Arian is well-known for its long-established tradition of feeding red kites. The number of these birds of prey which come in for the daily feeding is often higher during winter than in the warmer months as other food sources decrease during the colder weather (feeding time is at 2pm every day until the clocks go forward in March when it is at 3pm). You may also see other less common birds here in winter including herons and whooper swans.

The visitor centre is perched on a dramatic hilltop and the wind is often cold, strong and easterly. This is great weather for a bracing winter walk to blow away the cobwebs and burn off the Christmas excesses but make sure you wrap up extra warm and hold onto your hat!

The café sells seasonal delights to warm visitors up and there are some festive events planned which are suitable for younger visitors. The shop stocks an array of Christmas gift ideas for all the family.

Be aware of the effect the weather may have on your visit and check the forecast before you set off. The visitor centre is on the edge of the Cambrian Mountains and snow can be frequent and heavy. After a heavy snowfall, the site (car park, visitor centre and trails) is closed for the safety of visitors and staff.

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

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.

Contact

Natural Resources Wales

Address

Bwlch Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre,
Ponterwyd,
Aberystwyth,
Ceredigion,
SY23 3AB

Location and nearby places

Directions

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Map reference: SN 717813  Lat: 52.41462 Long: -3.88531

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Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest Visitor Centre is nine miles east of Aberystwyth on the A44.

The nearest train station is Aberystwyth.

The 525 bus from Aberystwyth - Ponterwyd/Llanidloes stops on request at the entrance to the car park. For details of public transport visit the Traveline Cymru website.

CAR PARKING
Please pay at the ticket machine in the car park on arrival. The ticket machine takes cards and coins. It does not give change.

Car parking costs:
£1.50 for 1 hour
£3 for up to 3 hours
£5 for all day
You can buy an annual car parking pass for £30 from the visitor centre or café.

OS Grid Reference: SN 717 813

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 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

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
    • YesVegan
  • 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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