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Parc Cwm Darran

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A tranquil country park tucked away in the Darran Valley, two miles north of Bargoed. Take an easy stroll along lakeside paths or wander through shady woodlands. Discover sunny wildflower meadows when you follow our short trail through the Cwmllwydrew Meadows Local Nature Reserve.

If you like it hear enough not to leave, then don't. We've got a campsite with electric hook ups, hot showers, and washing up facilities: stay the week and explore the area.

South Wales is one of the best places for Mountain biking in Europe! A network of cycle paths and scenic trails take you deeper into the historic landscapes of the northern Rhymney Valley. After all that exercise you can take a break in the Lakeside Coffee Shop with a cup of tea and delicious homemade cake and use the Touch Screen interactive games.

Visit the odd shaped Powder Store. Part of the former Ogilvie Colliery on which the park is built, it has been restored and is one of the last remaining in Wales, or walk over the unique wooden footbridge at the former Ogilvie Halt.

You can also hire an MP3 player to listen to the audio trail around the Lake from the visitor centre.

•Healthy walking route
•Waymarked trails
•Cycle route
•Toilets (accessible for people with disabilities - seasonal opening)
•Picnic areas
•Campsite (seasonal opening)
•Visitor Centre (10.30am to 4pm, April to September, Weekends only in October)*
•Café (11am to 4pm, April to September.)*
•* Opening times are 10.30 to 4.30 for the Café and Visitor Centre in the school summer holidays.

Depart: (2 nights)


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Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away


TV room


Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area



Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

Fully serviced pitches

Hard standings


Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed




Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby


Small (11-25 pitches)


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  • Parc Cwm Darran, Deri, Bargoed, CF81 9NR. , Bargoed, Glamorgan, Wales, CF81 9NR
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 51.7220°N 3.2837°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Tredegar: Lidl Coach Stop — 4.1 miles
Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station — 4.5 miles
Ebbw Vale: Inner Bypass Coach Stop — 5.2 miles
Train stations
Tir-phil Rail Station — 1.6 miles
Pontlottyn Rail Station — 1.7 miles
Brithdir Rail Station — 2.5 miles
Ferry ports
Newport (S Wales) Ferry Terminal — 17.1 miles
Cardiff Castle Waterbus Stop — 17.1 miles
Taffs Mead Waterbus Stop — 17.6 miles
Cardiff International Airport — 22.5 miles


How to get there
Location: Google maps

By Bus: Service 1 - Bargoed to Merthyr, Service 4 - Bargoed to Tredegar.

By bike: Use the Darran Valley cycleway from Bargoed or Fochriw

By car: The entrance is midway between Deri and Fochriw (to the north of Bargoed).


Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Merthyr Bike Park at Gethin woodland Park.
Bryn Bach Country Park
Cyfarthfa Castle
LLancaiach Fawr
Cwm Carn Forest Drive and Visitor centre
Caerphilly Castle
Parc Penallta
Parc Coetir Bargod
Big Pit

Must see

  • Brecon Mountain Railway (6.2 miles)
  • Big Pit: National Coal Museum (8.4 miles)
  • Blaenavon Ironworks (9.1 miles)

National Trust

  • Aberdulais Falls (21.4 miles)
  • Skenfrith Castle (23.6 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.


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