Gwenffrwd-Dinas reserve

As there is no seperate blog for news or questions on this reserve, i've had to post a thread about this reserve here and a question that i would like to ask. In the reserve listings it mentions a nature trail at the Dinas, but what facilities does Gwenffrwd have itself for visitors, for the reserve listings on this reserve dos'nt mention what visitor facilities there are at the Gwenffrwd itself?

Regards,

Ian.

  • hi thomo, there isn't much in way of facilities at Gwenffrwd-dinas i'm afraid. there is a car park and picnic area and nature trails,plus an Abba Loo toilet which is only available from April to October. however there is no cafe / shop available at this site. hope this is helpful? if i can be of any more help, please get in touch, Dana

  • In reply to Dana Thomas:

    There used to be a marked trail up the Gwenffrwd but that seemed to get lost when Tony Pickup, the previous warden, left the warden's cottage and it was sold. I live just a few miles away and am now motivated to see if I can find the paths again.

  • Here is a reply I reply I received to my email from the Gwenffrwd and Dinas reserve from earlier this year.

    Regards,

    Ian.

  • Hi there. Great to find these updates. It is possible to access the Gwenfredd by parking at the end of the lane of the cottage where the old volunteer cottage is. I used to work there as a volunteer in the 1990s so enjoy my trips back there. It's an amazing reserve and very easy to walk around. The part which is not so well maintained must be on other side of mountain near the old wardens farmhouse.
  • In reply to Simon Richardson:

    Hi Simon. Great to hear about your links to RSPB Gwenffrwd Dinas. Unfortunately there is no longer public access to the Gwenffrwd valley area of the reserve, due to the deterioration of the visitor infrastructure (boardwalk, steps and footbridge etc.) this area of the reserve was closed a number of years ago. This was partly due to the change in staffing on the reserve, as you mentioned in your post there used to be a full time warden, an assistant warden and residential volunteers. At present there is only a warden and they have responsibility for Gwenffrwd Dinas and another reserve, however this is a step forward from where we were a few years ago with one warden who covered four sites stretching from Snowdonia to Swansea. Thankfully they also have some local volunteers who help out, but the number of people on the ground is still less than it used to be. There is public access to the Dinas and there are permissive paths across other areas of the reserve but at present the Gwenffrwd valley is unsafe for visitors. Based on photographs posted on social media over recent weeks the publicly accessible parts of the reserve are providing outstanding views of returning migrants including pied flycatcher, redstarts and wood warbler so there is still plenty to see and I hope you continue to enjoy visiting the reserve.