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Cwmcarn Forest Drive Campsite

Cwmcarn Forest Drive Campsite

Wales, South Wales, Newport, Newport

01495 272001
01495 279306
Open (touring pitches):  
All year excl. 23 December - 2 January.

Ref: UK5930

Alan Rogers Review

This forest site, run by Caerphilly Council, is set in a narrow, sheltered valley with magnificent wooded slopes. The park is not only central for the many attractions of this part of Wales, but there is also much of the natural environment to enjoy including a small fishing lake. The site offers 23 pitches, these include seven all-weather pitches for tents on pea shingle and six hardstandings for touring units, all with 16A electricity. Ten timber camping pods have also been added and are available for hire. Wardens are on hand daily. The entrance barrier is locked between 22.00 and 07.00.

The Visitor Centre with gift shop and café and the campsite reception are open 09.00-17.00 (18.00 at weekends, Oct-Easter Fridays 09.00-16.30 pm). Please note the ‘forest drive’ is currently closed to allow the removal of disease-infected Larch trees but remains open for walking and cycling. The climb up to the Twmbarlwm ancient hill fort is well worth making with its magnificent views across the Severn to Somerset, Devon and Gloucestershire.


The single, heated toilet block includes toilet facilities for disabled visitors. Wet room (£5 deposit for key). Laundry facilities. Small hob, microwave and freezer. The Visitor Centre has a coffee shop selling refreshments and meals daily. Guided walks and the popular Twrch (9 miles) and Cafell (9 miles) mountain bike trails. Timber camping pods. Dogs accepted by prior arrangement. Large units (over 24 ft) not accepted due to access.

  • Bicycle Hire Nearby
  • American Motor Homes
  • Boat Launch Nearby
  • Bar Nearby
  • Fishing Nearby
  • Seaside Beach Nearby
  • Golf Nearby
  • Facilities for disabled visitors
  • Twin Axle Caravans Accepted
  • Riding Nearby
  • Restaurant
  • Shop Nearby
  • Shop on Site
  • Takeaway Food
  • Pets allowed
  • Wifi (all site)



Cwmcarn Forest Drive is well signed from exit 28 on the M4. From the Midlands and the ‘Heads of the Valleys’ road (A465), take A467 south to Cwmcarn. Follow campsite and Visitor Centre signs. (Note: many speed bumps along driveway to site).