Bwlch Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre sits at the head of a dramatic valley and has commanding views of Cardigan Bay and the Cambrian Mountains.
The visitor centre is the starting point for a range of waymarked trails for walkers, mountain bikers, runners and horse riders.
It is well-known for its long established tradition of daily feeding of red kites, Wales’s National Bird of Prey.
The range of trails include:
three waymarked walking trails of different lengths which all offer great views.
three of the finest mountain bike trails in Wales, famous for long singletrack runs and superb views.
skills park with purpose-built track for mountain bikers to practise their technique.
two running trails with flat sections, climbs and a variety of surfaces.
four orienteering courses ranging from beginner level to a more challenging option for experienced orienteers.
a way-marked circular trail for horse riders via forest tracks, paths and quiet tarmac roads.
The café serves fresh, locally sourced produce daily and the menu includes succulent pork sausages and tasty venison or beef burgers, homemade soups and a delicious choice of cakes.
The Visitor Centre café is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm (hot food is served between 10am and 3pm).
There are two play areas, one for toddlers and one for older children.
The toddlers’ play area is for children aged between three and six years. It has a safety-surfaced play zone and easy access for parents, pushchairs and young children. The equipment includes two toddler swings and a purpose built unit with a slide, climbing wall, climbing net and ladder.
The Dizzy Heights Play Area is for children aged six years and older. It has a wood chip surface, two giant basket swings, an orangutan climbing frame and a purpose-built section with slide, climbing wall, rope ladder, fireman's pole and climbing net.
All of the play equipment is of robust timber construction which blends in with the forest surroundings.
You can borrow a free discovery backpack at the visitor centre and discover more of the great outdoors.
Each backpack contains useful goodies like binoculars, a magnifying glass, a bug pot and nature identification cards along with a guide explaining how to use them.
Sometimes we need to close or divert trails for your safety whilst we undertake maintenance work or forest operations.
Occasionally we may have to close a site in extreme weather, such as high winds or snow and ice due to the risk of injury to visitors or staff.
Please always follow any instructions onsite and make sure you follow any temporary diversion signs in place.
Please see the Bwlch Nant yr Arian update on our Bwlch Nant yr Arain web page for the latest information
The visitor centre is open from 10am to 5pm seven days a week (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years day)
Special provision for disabled visitors