Fforest Fawr sculpture trail

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have seen that we took a walk along the Fforest Fawr sculpture trail at the weekend. 

The trail is situated in Tongwynlais, in the woods above Castle Coch, but I would never have known it existed if I hadn’t seen Cathryn at Cardiff Mummy Says blogging about it last year.

It’s a 1.5mile walk, filled with rustic-looking sculptures of dragons, wizards and strange creatures. The idea is that children are encouraged to create a story based on the sculptures they see, and five-year-old J had lots of fun talking about the ‘angry wizard’ and the other creatures and finding the hidden treasure chest.


The entrance to the trail is situated in the free car park, which can be found if you drive from Tongwynlais, past the entrance to Castle Coch and continue for about a mile.

It was a warm day on Sunday but the trail is shaded and it was quite cool and very muddy in places. I carried baby F in the sling, we did see a family with a buggy but the ground is very uneven in places and not that suitable for wheels. 


All in all the walk took us about an hour, but we were dawdling! 

There were no picnic tables along the way although plenty of makeshift sitting areas in clearings along the wood. We made our way back to the car park and ate our lunch on the stone circle. J also had a play on the giant dragon.

Note the discarded can on the ground in this picture. It isn’t ours. Take your rubbish home people! 


If you’re looking for something to do in the summer holidays, this is a good way to spend a few hours. Next time we’re planning to do one of the longer walks and take in the Castle at the same time.

Naturalresources.wales/fforestfawr

Fforest Fawr sculpture trail is a free activity and Natural Resources Wales were not aware I’d be writing a blog about it. 

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One thought on “Fforest Fawr sculpture trail

  1. Cardiff Mummy Says August 13, 2016 / 1:02 pm

    So glad you got to visit Fforest Fawr. It’s such a beautiful place and perfect for children to explore. We headed up again earlier this week actually. x

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