Water and Woodlands, Tracks and Trains

Garwnant Forest and Visitor Centre, Taf Fechan Forest

Just off the A470, Garwnant Visitor Centre has information, outdoor play for children and a restaurant. Follow one of the woodland walks, some with a ‘geo’ theme. For walkers the Taff Trail runs up Cwm Taf past the centre and  a separate route for cyclists follows the old railway from Cefn-coed-y-cymer up Cwm Taf Fechan then through the forest.

The top end of the Taf Fechan is a good starting point for longer walks in the central Beacons. The less energetic can enjoy a ride on the Brecon Mountain Railway near Pontsticill. The railway and nearby Cyfarthfa Park, Castle, Museum and Art Gallery are also good family-friendly places to visit if the rain starts to fall.

Cwm Taff from Cefn Cil-sanws

Cwm Taf and Llwyn-on Reservoir from the western slopes of Cefn Cil-sanws. The Old Red Sandstone peak of Fan Fawr fills the distant view. Cliffs of Carboniferous Limestone, home to rare whitebeam trees, tower over screes beside the road north to Brecon.

If you’ve got an hour or less:

If you’ve got half a day (2-4 hours):

If you’ve got a full day (5-8 hours):

  • Walk or cycle a longer section of the Taff Trail.

Did you know . . ?

. . . . that the Taff Trail stretches all the way from Brecon to Cardiff and is 55 miles / 88km long.