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Bwlch Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre

Bwlch Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre

Bwlch Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre

Visitor Centre

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

What3words:

COVID-19 Coronavirus: Outdoor attractions/activities will be able to reopen for 'day visitors' from the 6th July 2020 - Please check before travelling

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.

skills park with purpose-built track for mountain bikers to practise their technique.

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 way-marked circular trail for horse riders via forest tracks, paths and quiet tarmac roads.

The café serves fresh, locally sourced produce daily and the menu includes succulent pork sausages and tasty venison or beef burgers, homemade soups and a delicious choice of cakes.

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.

Discovery backpack
You can borrow a free discovery backpack at the visitor centre and discover more of the great outdoors.

Each backpack contains useful goodies like binoculars, a magnifying glass, a bug pot and nature identification cards along with a guide explaining how to use them.

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 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

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

Visitor Centre open 10am until 5pm daily
Visitor centre Cafe is open 10am to 5pm (hot food is served between 10am and 3pm).
Red Kite Feeding - the red kites are fed by the lake every day at 2pm in winter (GMT) and at 3pm in summer (BST).

Address

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

Location and nearby places

Directions

Plan route to Bwlch Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

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

What3words:

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

The nearest train station is Aberystwyth.

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
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired

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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