What are the popular trails within the forest?
As we mentioned in our introduction, there are a few trails that you can explore throughout the forest, including 3 walking trails and 5 cycling trails. These are:
Barcud Trail -at 1.3km in length and with only a 10% gradient, this is a great walk for any groups with kids. It's also a level route making it suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. Another thing that makes it great for younger walkers is that The Animal Puzzle trail follows this path too - you can pick up a leaflet from the visitor centre so you can take part in the game whereby you try to spot all of the animals listed.
Miners' Trail - at just over 2km and with a 60m climb, this trail is a little trickier but still quite straightforward. It should take no more than an hour to complete this walk.
Ridgetop Trail - This trail is just over 3km long but can take around 3 hours to complete due to the climb of 80m. This is definitely a trail that will require some proper walking shoes and a good amount of time set aside to ensure you can complete it. The views on this walk are pretty stunning!
Arian Trail - this 8km trail has a climb of 160m and should take no longer than 90 minutes to complete
Pendam Trail - this is a 10km trail that includes a 200m climb and although hard, is by no means difficult and should take no longer than 2 hours to complete
Summit Trail - at almost 20km, this is where the trails start to get tricky. You'll want to set aside at least 2 hours to complete this trail
Syfydrin Trail - if you're serious about mountain biking and you've got a whole day to kill, then this 36km trail with a 750m climb is probably right up your street. Your reward for tackling this trail is a series of stunning views. Definitely make sure you pack some food and plenty of fluids for this one.