With the summer holiday period approaching, visitors will be able explore all seven miles of the new-look Forest Drive by car following the completion of major restoration and improvement works undertaken in partnership by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and Caerphilly County Borough Council.
Over the last 12 months the Drive has undergone significant development to create an attraction that is accessible and enjoyable for all audiences. This is complemented by the millions of pounds invested to develop the ‘Valley Floor’ to improve the campsite the popular lake and surrounding area, enhancing the overall visitor experience.
Several new all-ability trails have been created along the Forest Drive with access for all, along with many new picnic seating areas for leisurely lunches.
Parents looking to entertain little ones can look forward to exploring three new play areas, a story-telling area and a woodland sculpture trail.
A wooden cabin with panoramic views over the valley will provide opportunities for outdoor learning and wellbeing activities, while information panels will allow people to navigate their way around the site.
The admission costs for the drive will be £8 for a car, £4 for a motorbike, £15 for a minibus and £30 for a coach. The payment is cash only at the barrier or tokens can be obtained from reception onsite. The drive operates a one-way system and there are no time constraints for visitors.