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Forest Farm Nature Reserve

Forest Farm Road, Whitchurch, Cardiff. CF14 7JJ
Glamorgan Canal, Forest Farm
Glamorgan Canal, Forest Farm

The Nature Reserve, situated in Whitchurch, Cardiff, was formed in 1967 and straddles the last remaining stretch of the former Cardiff to Merthyr canal which still holds fresh water to a quality good enough to provide a good hunting ground for Kingfishers, Herons and many others species.

The majority of the woodland is Beach and Oak with several trees being over 200 years old, and the part called Long Wood is designated a site of special scientific interest together with the former Glamorgan Canal. Started in 1790 the canal linked the ironworks of Merthyr at a height of 568 feet to the sea at Cardiff, a distance of 25.5 miles that included 52 locks. This part of the canal finally closed in 1943 although north of this location it had been in disrepair for many years previous to this date.


Free Entry, Picnic Area.

No easily accessible wifi. Smoking allowed.

Opening Times:

The Reserve is open all year round. The warden centre is only open for events.


Advance booking is not required.


Located to the north of Cardiff in Whitchurch, close to the M4 motorway. Access by car is via the entrance on Forest Farm Road.

Getting There:

National Rail Radyr railway station: Ten minutes walk via the footbridge across the River Taff.


Free onsite parking available.

Forest Farm Nature Reserve, Forest Farm Road, Whitchurch, Cardiff. CF14 7JJ

Last Updated Monday 10 February 2020

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