Cwmcarn Forest

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Cwmcarn Forest
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Cwmcarn Forest offers something for all the family. The visitor centre provides a place to stock up on refreshments, gifts and homewares as well as finding out about what you can do in the area. Sample our wide range of meals and snacks available at Ravens Cafe - with seating for 56 within the bright and airy interior or choose to eat outside on the impressive Decking area, which overlooks the Nantcarn Stream. Nestling alongside the banks of the Nantcarn stream is the Visit Wales 4* graded Cwmcarn Forest Campsite. A well-equipped caravan and camping park at the foot of the spectacular forest. Camping & caravan pitches along with Glamping pods providing all year accommodation, all with electric hook up provided. Cwmcarn Forest is a Mecca for walking and mountain biking. There are many walking trails directly on the site for all abilities; Relax with a spot of fishing at the lake or join in some of the events and activities that take part on site.
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Lynne C
Cardiff, UK112 contributions
Relaxing break, ideal for nature lovers
Oct 2021 • Friends
This was an off peak visit in October 2021 to try out one of the lodges at Cwmcarn Forest Drive. Telephone booking was simple & the receptionist was very informative. It cost £285 which included £9 for the bedding. I stayed 3 nights Monday-Thursday. Check-in was at 3pm & I had to pick up the keys from the visitor centre. Check-out is at 10am. You access the camping/pod/ lodges site via a controlled barrier which you are given the code for. The barrier is locked at 10pm so you would have to leave your car in the visitor car park if you are late.

First impressions- the Bothy (lodge 2) was set in a pleasant location next to a bank of trees, a private parking space, a private verandah with 4 chairs and a table. Inside it was very clean and spacious. There was a double bed, a set of bunk beds & a sofa bed (can accommodate 6 people). The double bed lifts up & here you will find extra pillows & the duvet. There was plenty of clean bed linen to make up the beds with. The sleeping area is all open plan so no privacy.

Storage - there was lots of storage in the form of square wicker baskets which were next to the bunk beds & also in the divider unit between the double bed & sofa & also underneath the large red pouffe.

Kitchen - there is a small kitchen area which is very well stocked with utensils. It has a small microwave oven & 2 hobs, a sink & draining board. The cupboards contain a good mix of glasses/mugs/ crockery/saucepan/frying pan, Pyrex jug, toaster, kettle & a colander. There is a folding dining room table with wooden chairs stored in the middle of it. A brush & dustpan has also been provided as well as 2 black bags & a small bottle of washing up liquid.

Lounge - The 2 seater sofa is very comfortable. The TV is mounted on the wall & is on a hinge so can be moved to different positions so you can watch tv in bed. You can bring your own hdmi lead to attach to the tv so you can use your iPad to watch Netflix in the evenings. There is a Bush Dab radio on the sideboard. A nice welcoming touch was the complimentary bottle of Prosecco.

Bathroom - A very nice small bathroom which has a window for ventilation. A proper toilet & a fantastic walk-in shower which has good water pressure & a sink with storage underneath. One toilet roll is supplied.

Heating - the heating is provided by vertical radiators which are controlled by the thermostat in the kitchen area. The heating was very good & it took a short time to heat up the space.

Veranda - this is accessed through the patio double doors. The chairs & table are in an enclosed space so it feels very private. Chair cushions are underneath the table lid which keeps them dry. It was a lovely, relaxing area to breathe in the fresh air, watch the local wildlife such as squirrels & various birds such as robins, nuthatches, blackbirds & hawks. You can hear the soothing sound of the river which is lower down & the wind as it rustles the leaves on the trees. A great place to get away from it all. There was a very friendly jackdaw during my stay. There is a metal barbecue which you can borrow.

Raven cafe - there is a short 5 minute walk to the cafe. The staff are lovely & you can get a range of cooked meals & snacks/ drinks here. Unfortunately during my stay there was a staff shortage so I was unable to get a cooked breakfast & had to make do with a sausage bap. The toilets are very clean & there is also a gift shop with a good range of items. You can also buy one of the walking route guides for 15 pence.

Area - Cwmcarn Forest Drive is worth doing, it costs £8 for a car & you can spend several hours driving around the forest to the different areas. There are 7 places where you can leave your car to admire the views or go for a walk. There are several play parks for children as well with toilet facilities & some with bbqs.
There is a small lake area near the lodges which can be accessed along a tarmac path. There are ducks & fish in the lake as well as lots of other birds. You can go for many walks & there are clearly marked routes.

I would definitely recommend this as a place to stay to get away from it all & immerse yourself in nature.
Written October 24, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Mike C
Sydney, Australia3 contributions
Charges? Payment? For what???
Oct 2021 • Solo
I was planning to go here this morning for a walk, but checking the route and opening times, I see there’s £8 charge..?! I’m just one person looking to take a quiet walk in nature on a Sunday morning close to home. I’m thinking surely this must be a charge for an extra attraction or something and they’re not charging for you to just go for a walk?! I checked the website. Cars £8, parking £1/£3. No information as to what circumstances under which you need to pay. Is that £8 + parking, or do you pay for parking outside this ridiculous pay zone and walk in for free, and therefore how far are you walking, and is that on roads or trails?? No information at all on their site or on this “everything you need to know” page. Just “it’s £8 per car”. WHAT is £8 per car?? I don’t want to drive to the top. I don’t need maid service. I just want to go for a quiet walk in the outdoors. That thing that was typically considered a basic human pleasure. That thing that was typically the free option to getting out and about. “I might go for a stroll… keys, coat… wallet”.
More the point, before I leave home, I need to know what the situation is and I’ve found NOTHING online with any sensible explanation as to what this charge means for walkers, hikers, cyclists. If I arrive in a CAR but want to WALK, without picnic, playgrounds, scenic driving, gold plated woodpeckers or diamonte toadstools, what is the charging scenario and what is the charge for?? “£8 per car”. This country is beyond dumb.
Written October 24, 2021
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Rik Jones
1 contribution
Not fantastic and a waist of money
Sep 2021 • Friends
Came here for two weeks fishing.
Supposed to be be six species of fish in the lake.
Only saw trout.
Water logged camping pitch.
Written September 14, 2021
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Speedy888
137 contributions
Walking/biking heaven
Aug 2021 • Family
The views were spectacular, especially on Twmbarlwm hillfort, but some people attitude needs to improve, we were in P4 and this lady was hogging a picnic table reading a book we were with 2 children and a baby, and we needed a table to eat as she wasn't eating we ask her nicely if she finished, she said I'm with my family
Written August 24, 2021
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4HappyTravellers1993
Cardiff, UK317 contributions
Stunning Views Relaxing Break
Aug 2021 • Family
I booked Boothy Lodge 6 which is pet friendly, I would recommend hiring linen. The lodge was clean, bright and airy with everything you needed. My son hit the bike trial and my husband and I soaked up the Forest feeling, wildlife and stunning views. Staff on site were very accommodating. I would book again, thank you so much for a lovely break.
Written August 15, 2021
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Rachel R
Newport, Wales, United Kingdom3 contributions
Pod stay
Jul 2021 • Friends
Stayed in a new luxury pod and it did not disappoint. Paid for linen which was fresh and clean as was the pod. We had diabolical weather so used the pod to it's full. Unknowingly took the keys home and returned them a day later. Staff were very understanding. I would recommend that the out of hrs staff get qualified in first aid and have access to a first aid kit. One of our children had an unfortunate accident and needed stitches. It would have been helped by having support in this area. Although maybe I am asking for too much. Look forward to returning .
Written August 12, 2021
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Andrew K
Cardiff, UK352 contributions
Escape into nature
Jul 2021
We very much enjoyed the drive on a quiet weekday, some of the views are stunning and we enjoyed the mini-labyrinth at (I think) Car park 2. It seemed amazing not only that we were in the heart of industrial South Wales but that the site had once been a busy colliery. The road is excellent but not suitable for nervous drivers!
Written July 22, 2021
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Claire D
1 contribution
Nice but make sure you don't miss out on car park 5!
Jul 2021 • Couples
We were excited to do this drive, however, we were a bit miffed that we landed up missing the best part as its not clear that if you drive past carpark 5 and follow the road, you are actually missing on part of the drive. So, make sure you drive through car park 5 to ensure you see the best parts of the forest drive!!! Due to the one way system we couldn't turn back and we didn't want to pay the £8 entrance fee again. What we did see was lovely, the chap on the entrance was very friendly too. We didn't use any facilities along the route, so can't comment on them.
Written July 22, 2021
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Anne R
1 contribution
Shame about vehicle access
Jun 2021 • Couples
Excellent facilities with friendly staff in the cafe. Sorry that Welsh Government spent so much money enabling cars to access the tops, given the climate emergency. Alternative transport could have enabled less able people to access the tops.
Written June 30, 2021
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Copiniski
South Wales, UK28 contributions
Fab
Jun 2021 • Couples
Lovely eshort escape from reality. We really enjoyed the forest drive, great facilities, cafe, lots for mountain bikers and cafe. It's an escape into a different world.
Written June 26, 2021
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