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Great for families

Great facility for cyclists and walkers and families. We visited for lunch. Faggots, peas and chips... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Keith W
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Great day out

We’ve been here a few times now over the years and always like a bit of a walk and finish up in the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
5teveT
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Pontypool, United Kingdom
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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...more
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Booked half a day to set up our new tent to have a look ready for our visit end of august. Couldn't get the guy lines in the ground as it was too hard. Struggled to get the pegs in. Wind took the tent and...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Michael O, General Manager at Cwmcarn Forest, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi, Apologies for this experience, there are some brambles naturally growing on the divides between pitches but we have not had any complaints prior to this however we will look at this in the future. the first night stay is taken as a non refundable...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We travelled to Wales from Kent as experienced campers. Never have I ever come across such a hardstanding pitch as I did here. I may have understood if it was a multi-use pitch for both tents and caravans but this pitch is solely for tents....More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Michael O, General Manager at Cwmcarn Forest, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi, Thanks for the review, we are sorry to hear that you had difficulty getting pegs into the all weather pitches, our website does advise on rock pegs being used (heavy duty), we will look at these during the winter period to see if we...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed here for 3 nights and it didn’t live up to our expectations or previous camping experiences elsewhere. There are 5 pitches for tents, all hard standing which made it difficult to set up/peg and uncomfortable generally. You face the tarmac road and little...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank alison0503
Michael O, General Manager at Cwmcarn Forest, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi, Thanks for the review, We have addressed the cleaning issue with the contractors and they have assured us that this will not occur again, apologies if this caused you discomfort. we do recommend rock pegs for the all weather pitches but will review the...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great facility for cyclists and walkers and families. We visited for lunch. Faggots, peas and chips with big mug of tea. Great !!

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Keith W
Michael O, General Manager at Cwmcarn Forest, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks for the fab review

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We’ve been here a few times now over the years and always like a bit of a walk and finish up in the park for the kids. It’s great getting out and enjoying the great views and scenery. We usually find somewhere nice to stop...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank 5teveT
Michael O, General Manager at Cwmcarn Forest, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Many thanks for the fab review, it is very much appreciated. There will a lot more landscaping works carried out prior to next summer around the lake to make it more of a family destination.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visit the Forest at least once a week for walking but always seem to end up in the Ravens Café!! The walking is first class with breath taking views and a full variety of walks from 10 mins to 3 hours or more. Having...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Michael O, General Manager at Cwmcarn Forest, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks for the great review, the staff do their best to make everyone feel welcome, your continued support is very much appreciated.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely visit to the new park followed by tea and cake in the cafe. The staff were really helpful and attentive helping bring things over to table as it was just me plus kids. Not just food but extra milk, forks, sugar packs. Was really...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Michael O, General Manager at Cwmcarn Forest, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks for the great review, were glad you all enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed August 8, 2019

I booked and paid for two nights camping for my partner and I at Cwmcarn Forrest about a week before our holiday, I had it in mind to stay longer if we liked the area. A few days later, the weather forecast given for my...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Michael O, General Manager at Cwmcarn Forest, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi, I will look into this matter and see what can be changed regarding bookings such as this in the future.

Reviewed August 6, 2019 via mobile

We are visitors to Wales and we spent an family afternoon at Cwmcarn with our two sons aged 6 and 8 and their grandmother. There is car parking next to the visitors centre $3 all day.At start it was raining so we had some snacks...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Michael O, General Manager at Cwmcarn Forest, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks for the very detailed review, we are glad that you enjoyed your visit and the site met your expectations. Thanks

Reviewed August 3, 2019

Ample parking, great parks for kids, lovely green area. This seems to be mainly geared up for mountain bikers though and we always struggle to find signposted walks. We asked in the visitor centre but they were unable to supply maps. There are some lovely...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Michael O, General Manager at Cwmcarn Forest, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi, I can't understand why there were no maps available as we have ample for sale for all the walks (15p) around the site, we are currently working on new directional signage for the valley floor. We have had catering staff on sick leave through...More

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Whatlee
June 29, 2018|
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Response from Michael O | Property representative |
Hi, Didn't even know there was an inbox on Trip Advisor, apologies for the very long delay... The pond has not been totally drained of water, it was greatly reduced a few years ago to allow for the silt removal but not... More
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janice s
February 20, 2017|
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Hi, there are numerous walks around the woodland that avoid our lake and river however you may come across the odd stream or two. Dogs must be kept on their leads around and within the visitor centre and must be kept under... More
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ady p
January 5, 2015|
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Hi, Yes, all the trails will be open in January and during the tree removal, some diversions will be in place but not currently. THe valley floor and visitor centre will remain open and unaffected. please check with... More
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