This walk visits the Coed Taf Fawr and a series reservoirs near Merthyr Tydfil. The visitor centre here is considered the southern gateway to the Brecon Beacons National Park. There are lots of good walking paths and mountain bike trails to try here.
The walk starts from the car park and visitor centre located at the northern end of Llwyn-on Reservoir. From here you can pick up the waymarked Taff Trail andf follow it north along the river to Cantref Reservoir. The walk then continues north to visit the pretty Beacons Reservoir.
You then turn south to return to the forest where you pick up other woodland trails to take you back to the visitor centre.
There's also a number of other waymarked paths in the forest including the Willow Walk all ability trail and a sculpture trail with wonderful wooden carvings.
The waymarked mountain biking trails have different grading levels for varying abilities. All the trails start from the car park.
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There's a good on site cafe in the forest, where you can enjoy refreshments after your exercise. It serves hot and cold drinks, cakes, lunches and daily specials. There's an outdoor area to relax in if the weather is fine.
The expansive forest is a great place to bring your dog for a walk. On a fine day you're sure to see plenty of other owners with their pets. The cafe mentioned above is also dog friendly and may provide a free biscuit.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just to the south of the woods there's a nice circular trail around the pretty Llwyn-on Reservoir.
To the east you'll find Pontsticill Reservoir. Near here there's also some fine woodland trails in the Taf Fechan Forest and more waterside walks along the Upper and Lower Neuadd Reservoirs.
You could also head into Merthyr Tydfil to enjoy walks along the River Taff and visit the Grade I listed Cyfarthfa Castle and gardens.