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Garwnant Visitor Centre

Garwnant Visitor Centre

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Garwnant Visitor Centre

Nature Trail, free entry

Merthyr Tydfil,
CF48 2HU



Garwnant Visitor Centre on the southern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park lies within 400 acres of woodland on the northern edge of Llwyn-on reservoir. The centre is the starting point for walking trails, nature trails, mountain biking routes, and a fully accessible trail for wheelchair users and buggies.

Garwnant walking trails are waymarked from start to finish and the long distance Taff Trail from Cardiff to Brecon passes through the centre, offering a diversity of splendid views.

WILLOW WALK - ALL ABILITY TRAIL - The Willow Walk (half a mile, 1 kilometre) is a gentle all-ability trail that allows easy access to explore the forest for visitors with wheelchairs, electric buggies and pushchairs. The Willow Walk is a gentle all-ability trail with a number of stream crossings. After crossing three bridges, the trail goes through a willow tunnel on its way back to the visitor centre.

The Tree Discovery Trail follows the Willow Walk route and visitors can download the discovery trails leaflet and follow the clues and map around the trail to identify the trees. Take a crayon to make leaf rubbings from the signs.

GARWNANT PUZZLE TRAILS (half a mile, 1 kilometre) - You can discover more about the wildlife and trees that thrive in and around Garwnant by picking up a leaflet at the visitor centre. You can try either the Animal Sculpture or Accessible Tree Trail.

THE WEM WALK (2 miles, 3.2 kilometres) - The woodland trail takes you past the ruins of Wern Farm, which reveals this area's agricultural past. The trail returns to the visitor centre along a forest road which offers some good views along the way.

Baby changing facilitiesDisabled toiletsOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toilets

Children welcomeMobility Accessibility FacilitiesDogs acceptedHearing Accessibility Facilities

Opening Details

Open all the time

Garwnant Visitor Centre is open seven days a week, all year round and toilets are open from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

The café is open seven days a week, all year round. The opening hours are:

Term time: 11am to 3pm (Monday to Friday) and 11am to 4pm (weekends)
Easter and summer holidays: 10.00am to 5pm (all week)


Free entry

The parking charge per day is:
£2 for cars
£5 for minibuses
£10 for coaches

An annual season ticket is available for £20. (Please note: you need to bring coins with you for the pay and display machine, then take your ticket to the visitor centre to collect your yearly pass).

Car park entry barrier

From March to October: the car park entry barrier is open from 8am to 8pm.
From November to February: the car park entry barrier is open from 9am to 5pm.

The exit barrier has “paddles” which allow vehicles to exit the site after the entry barrier has been locked which means you may leave the site whenever you are ready.


Merthyr Tydfil,
CF48 2HU

Location and nearby places


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Map reference: SO 010120  Lat: 51.75073 Long: -3.37757


Garwnant is situated just off the A470 5 miles north of Merthyr Tydfil. It is well sign posted from the A470

The OS grid reference is SO 003 132.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 7 miles from Merthyr Tydfil station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Mobility Accessibility FacilitiesMobility Accessibility Facilities
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Hearing Accessibility FacilitiesHearing Accessibility Facilities
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