Discovery Gateway

Dare Valley Country Park

Within a mile of Aberdare you’ll find Dare Valley Country Park, over 500 acres of walks, trails and family fun set in woodlands, pasture and moorland, home to abundant wildlife including wild birds and waterfowl.

In our interactive visitor centre you’ll find all you need to make the most the park. Family activities include stream dipping or ‘Mother Nature Rambles’ and a range of guided walks, talks and events throughout the year.

For energetic visitors there’s laser tag, canoe and kayak tasters, cycling and new mountain biking trails. After all that activity, you can grab a snack in The Black Rock Café or stay at the camping and caravan site, or freshly renovated 15 room hotel.

Three waymarked trails to explore: the Bwllfa Trail is a shorter tarmacked route suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs; the Cae Mawr Trail goes off the beaten track uphill on countryside paths; while the Penrhiwllech Trail goes around Tarren y Bwllfa and climbs high to the plateau over rough terrain.

Just bring outdoor and walking gear and enjoy your visit!

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Dare Valley Country Park
Rhondda Cynon Taf
CF44 7RG


01685 874672

Opening Times

Accessible 24 hours per day.

What you can expect to find at Dare Valley Country Park

  • Baby changing
  • Bicycle bays
  • Café or tea room
  • Disabled changing places
  • Disabled parking spaces
  • Disabled toilet
  • Free car park
  • Gallery
  • Museum
  • Non 24/7 toilets
  • Outdoor benches
  • Visitor’s centre
  • Wi-fi (in/near buildings)
Eating & Drinking
  • Booth/kiosk
  • Café or tea room
  • Dog friendly (outside)
  • Gluten free options
  • Picnic benches
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurant (with disabled access)
  • Vegan options
  • Vegetarian options
  • Firm path trails
  • Flat terrain
  • Hearing aid loop
  • Hilly terrain
  • Mixed terrain
  • Push bike access
  • Pushchair access (inside)
  • Wheelchair access (inside)
  • Bikes for hire
  • Cycling trails
  • Dog walking
  • Firm path trails
  • Fishing
  • Foot worn trails
  • Gravel path trails
  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • Outdoor play area
  • Park: swings, etc
  • Aquatic life
  • Bugs and insects
  • Far reaching views
  • Hedgerows
  • Nature info boards
  • Pondlife
  • Rare plants
  • Trees
  • Wild birdlife
  • Wild mammals
  • Wildflowers
  • Bog/marsh
  • Brook
  • Lake
  • Open fields
  • Pond
  • Stream
  • Woodlands
  • Historical info boards
Functions & Accommodation
  • Bunkhouse
  • Civil Ceremony licence
  • Conference facilities
  • En suite rooms
  • Wedding facilities

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