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Review of Cwmcarn Forest

Cwmcarn Forest
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Cwmcarn
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 4 October 2013

we did not know what to expect but we were pleasantly surprised, each stop along the drive had places to explore, beautiful views and walks, as well as picnic areas to stop and share some food. dont pay at the visitors centre car park as you will be charged to enter the drive .... we paid £5 for our car. it was well worth a visit and we will go again and take stuff for a barbeque next time.

1  Thank annie8190
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Reviewed 1 September 2013

Cwmcarn Forest Drive has been a haunt of my family for many years. Its the perfect low cost local thing to do on a boring Sunday afternoon. The views are amazing! There is a play area, lots of BBQ and Picnic spots and places to stop to take in the views.

I recently booked to stay in their pods for the night with some friends, we were warned on the phone when booking and later via email that we were expected to be quiet after 10pm. This was a little patronising but we understood their concerns. But on the actually evening, we were leaving the toilets when standing outside was a male security guard who introduced himself as "Mandy" and continued to speak to us as if we were naughty school children, instructing us that we had to be quiet from 11pm and when we said we were retiring to our pods shortly he abruptly and aggressively said "what?!" And upon repeating it we received a "GOOD!" We weren't the only group still enjoying the summer evening, there was a family sat out at the other end of the pods but they didn't seem to get the same treatment as us. It spoiled the evening as we weren't being noisy, we were making a point of being as respectful and quiet as possible yet security sought us out to warn us anyway. My advice to them would be if you do not want coupley groups at the campsite then refuse at the point of booking but if you do then don't tar us all with same brush. We are 30 somethings who just wanted an evening away from the children, not to be reprimanded unnecessarily by a rude security guard.

The pods themselves were quite spacious although Pod 2 smelt of urine in one corner, so im not sure if that was from the dogs they allow in them or maybe someone didn't like the idea of visiting the toilet at night. There are codes on the toilet doors to access them which is a pain, especially at night but we wedged the doors open with the cleaning cones so that we wouldn't be fumbling around in the dark with the code. There was no soap in any of the dispensers in the ladies toilets and that was from around 2pm Friday afternoon to Saturday morning. The toilet roll was also missing from 1 of the toilets all day aswel, so im not sure when these are inspected.

The bugs are a little off putting, they are everywhere in the toilets and in the roof of the verandas of the pods, not just spiders but earwigs.

I don't know if I would go again to be honest. I hear Pen Y Fan Pond now have pods which is not far from here.

Thank Mrs P
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Reviewed 31 August 2013

A fantastic place to visit for a day or a weekend . A great visitors center which does a brilliant breakfast.the views from the first at the top are amazing across the valleys and down to cardiff on a clear day .some of the best mountain bike trails about .there are now glamping pods which are really well done .these would be fab for small families too as the woods and trails old be amazing fun for them . The car park reas up the mountain also have play areas ,bbqs,trails in the woods and zip wires. I would recommend this place to anyone looking to visit the area. The cost of a picnic and £5 per car is all you need.

1  Thank Kerry G
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Reviewed 26 August 2013

We went to the forest drive scenic route late on afternoon during our recent trip to Wales. It is well worth paying the £5, the scenery is really beautiful and there are plenty of places to stop for a picnic (which we did)
One tip, don't pay to park at the visitors centre at the start of the route as you will have to pay again at the start of the scenic route.
Well recommended if you are in South Wales

Thank Dan_F49
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Reviewed 6 August 2013

I have been coming here since I was a small child.It is a very picturesque place .The park is great and there are lots of places to stop for picnics and barbeques.It has changed a little over the years and its a real shame some of the trees have been chopped and some singular picnic areas removed.The one negative I will mention is that once you have paid your entrance to come in (about £5 I recall) you are only allowed around once so if you want to picnic first and miss the park you are told by the man on the gate you are only allowed around once. I think this is a bit silly ,once you have paid I don't see the problem in going around as many times as you like.
If you've never been before this place is certainly worth a visit its a perfect place for a walk and a picnic.

Thank Sian B
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