Bwlch Nant yr Arian | Cafe & Shop (NRW)


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

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Bwlch Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre | Cafe & Shop


Bwlch Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre is managed by Natural Resources Wales. For full details of the visitor facilities here (including trail lengths and grades) and information about any changes or temporary closures to trails or other facilities please go to the Natural Resources Wales website.

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 feeding red kites every day.


The café menu includes hot and cold snacks and a delicious choice of cakes, and there is a takeaway service. There is seating inside and outside; the outside seating area overlooks the lake.

The shop sells wood crafts, jams and chutneys, bottled Welsh beer, books and an ever changing range of gifts.

Please check opening times and food service times on the Natural Resources Wales website.


The Barcud Trail and Discovery Trails are suitable for wheelchair users.

There is wheelchair access to the visitor centre, café and toilets, and parking for Blue Badge holders.

The café has facilities for the hearing impaired.

Guide Prices

Car parking

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



  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchairs available

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Baby changing facilities


  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits


  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member

Target Markets

  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

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 PARKINGPlease 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 dayYou can buy an annual car parking pass for £30 from the visitor centre or café.

OS Grid Reference: SN 717 813

Accessible by Public Transport: Aberystwyth station is 10 miles away.

Opening Times

* Open 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm


  • 5 Food Standards Hygiene
5 Food Standards Hygiene


Bwlch Nant yr Arian | View of the LakeBwlch Nant yr Arian | Forest & Visitor Centre (NRW), AberystwythBwlch Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre sits at the head of a dramatic valley and has commanding views of Cardigan Bay and the Cambrian Mountains.

Bwlch Nant yr Arian | Waymarked trails for walking and runningBwlch Nant yr Arian | Walking Trails (NRW), AberystwythBwlch Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre sits at the head of a dramatic valley and has commanding views of Cardigan Bay and the Cambrian Mountains. Expect beautiful scenic walking trails all of which are waymarked and start from the visitor centre.

Bwlch Nant yr Arian | Walking trails with viewsBwlch Nant yr Arian | Running Trails (NRW), AberystwythBwlch Nant yr Arian is famous for feeding red kites daily. Range of waymarked walking, mountain biking, running and horse-riding trails and a mountain bike skills park. Café, shop and play area.

Bwlch Nant yr Arian | Mountain Bike Skills ParkBwlch Nant yr Arian | Mountain Biking (NRW), AberystwythMid Wales is a serious stop off and venue for people wishing to improve their dirt jump and pump track skills and the Mountain Bike Skills Park at Bwlch Nant yr Arian equips people to more safely enjoy their cycling out on the existing mountain bike trails.

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