Garwnant Forest Park

For some reason this walk from the Crimson Short Walks guide book for the Brecon Beacons is called Coed Taf Fawr.  Really it is a short walk around the Garwnant Forest Park (where it is known as the Wern Walk), and in reality, now that they appear to have cut down most of the trees, it is a rectangular walk along muddy tracks with not a lot of scenery on show.  It was nice enough for taking a walk with Debbie after I had spent the morning climbing Cribyn, Pen y Fan and Corn Du, but I doubt we will be rushing back to do this walk again.  That is not to say that we will not be rushing back to the Garwnant Forest Park, though, because there appears to be a lot more on offer there, with other waymarked forest walks (which may actually incorporate some forest), cycle trails and an adventure playground, as well as a visitor centre.

The weather had gradually changed since yesterday afternoon when we walked to Llyn y Fan Fach, and the rain was just starting to drizzle as we set off from the car park next to the Garwnant Forest Park visitor centre.  There was a £2 charge for parking.  We followed the exit signs to the far end of the car park and where the road turned right we carried on straight ahead along a forest track through a variety of woodland,101 passing the derelict Wern Farm buildings on our left as we continued on a narrow, muddy track, crossing a small brook where I almost lost my footing on some wet stepping stones while taking a photograph.  We kept straight ahead as the Taff Trail went off to the right, passed some deserted brick buildings,104 before turning left and walking uphill until we met a broader track and turned left.  We walked along this, past a giant size wooden chair, and dropped down into the valley to meet the Garwnant River, and the path which followed it had some interesting animal sculptures for us to enjoy110 before we found we had got back to the car park after a very easy walk, and well in time to get Debbie back to Nant Ddu Lodge for her spa treatment.

You can see more photos from the walk here.

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