Visiting our sites during the coronavirus pandemic

How to plan for a safe visit and what to expect when you arrive

Last updated: 20 July 2020

Welcome back

Most of the car parks, trails and play areas in our woodlands and nature reserves are open.

Our visitor centre buildings and cafés remain closed for now, and there are temporary toilets at some sites.

We're following Welsh Government and Public Health Wales guidance and we will re-open these facilities when we can do so safely.

We’ll keep this page up to date with the latest information so please check back regularly.

Visiting our sites safely

Plan ahead

  • Be aware that visitor centre buildings are closed and temporary toilets are in place at some sites – consider bringing your own hand sanitiser and refreshments.

Park responsibly

  • Respect the local community by parking responsibly at designated car parks.
  • Do not park on verges or block emergency access routes.

Keep your distance

  • Make every effort to maintain the required social distance on our trails.

Be patient and respectful

  • Follow the guidance and signs at our sites which will help you to enjoy your visit safely.
  • If your destination is too busy when you arrive, please have a ‘plan B’ ready and try an alternative destination.

Tread lightly

  • Respect the wildlife and plants which has thrived over recent weeks.
  • Please keep an eye out for any temporary signs on our sites - they are there to help keep you safe.

Follow the Countryside Code

  • Stick to trails, keep dogs under control, take litter home, leave gates as you find them and don’t block entrances or gateways.

What's open

Most of our car parks, trails and play areas are open.

Temporary toilets are available at some of our sites.

Find the web page of the place you want to visit to plan your visit before you travel.

What's closed

Closed visitor facilities

These facilities remain closed for now:

  • visitor centre buildings
  • cafés
  • most toilet blocks
  • most bird hides

We’ll keep each place's web page up to date with the latest information so please check before you travel.

Find the web page of the place you want to visit to plan your visit before you travel.

Closed sites

Car parks, trails and all facilities are closed at these places due to ongoing forestry operations:

Visitor centres

Car parks, all trails and play areas at our visitor centres are open.

Visitor centre buildings and cafés remain closed for now until all safety measures can be implemented.

Toilets remain closed until safety checks have been completed in line with Public Health Wales guidance - in the meantime temporary toilets are available.

Most bird hides remain closed.

Follow the links below to find out what is open or closed at each visitor centre:

Mountain bike trails

Most of our mountain bike trails are open.

The mountain bike trails at these places remain closed due to ongoing forestry operations:

Cafés and picnic areas

Our cafés remain closed for now.

Most of our picnic areas are open – please follow social distancing guidelines when using picnic tables and take your litter home.

Play areas

Our play areas opened on 20 July in line with Welsh Government guidance.

Toilets

Most of our toilets remain closed until safety checks have been completed in line with Public Health Wales guidance.

There are temporary toilets at some of our sites.

We recommend that you bring your own hand sanitiser when visiting.

Car park charges

There are parking charges in some of our car parks.

You will need to pay the parking charge as usual.

Some pay machines and barriers require the correct cash and do not take cards.

We advise you to take care of your own hygiene by washing your hands regularly where facilities are open, and by using hand sanitiser.