The one way road that forms the Cwmcarn Forest Drive has been specially designed by the Forestry Commission of Wales to maximise the views from the car and, on a clear day, you can see as far as the Mendips across the Bristol Channel!
Knolls and Hills
The drive, although just 7 miles long, packs a great deal in. The road snakes around grassy knolls and verdant hills, taking in the scenery in this stunning urban forest. The trail is very well maintained and signposts are clear – you can buy maps at the well-stocked Visitor Centre to help with your planning.
Stops and Viewing Stations
The Cwmcarn Forest Drive is about more than just driving. There are seven car parks, each with its own picnic areas, designated barbecue spots, play areas and themed activities. The car parks offer great views too as well as being the starting points for various activities.
The area also offers an invigorating mountain bike trail, several hiking trails and a fishing lake. Car Park 1 (Giant’s Court) is shaded by woodland and is home to some fantastic wood-sculptures. There is also the fairy-tale inspired Wizard’s Walk at the Land of the Tylwyth Teg (Car Park 3) and replica story poles (totem poles) at Madoc’s Place (Car Park 5).
Best time to go
The Forest Drive is closed during December and January for obvious weather reasons but it may also be closed at any time during the rest of the year if weather is particularly bad so the summer months are the best time for a visit. It opens from 11am and closes one hour before sunset and there’s a small charge per car that’s made when you enter.
Highlight of the Day
Views across to the Brecon Beacons from Windy Ridge (Car Park 6)
Nearest train station : Newport
Car parking : On site
Website : www.forestry.gov.uk