Saturday 19 March 2016

A Walk Around The Fforest Fawr Sculpture Trail Near Cardiff.

On Thursday we went for a quick walk around the Fforest Fawr Sculpture Trail near Cardiff. It is in woodland just behind Castell Coch and has a large free car park. We had planned to go further afield but Bear has decided that his daily naps will start between 10am and 11 am and last for about 2 hours. This is great when we are at home but cuts the day short if we want to venture out. Bear only likes to sleep in his cot although he will nap in the car but usually for only about half an hour or so.

The weather was lovely. Sunny and not too cold so we parked the car and set off. As it was woodland I expected lots of mud so put Bear into his puddle suit but the trails were dry and really good for buggy's.

The trail is designed to stimulate a child imagination. Something lives in the woods but is never seen.....

The Fforest Fawr Sculpture Trail Entrance of carved dragon and wizard and toddler running towards it.
Lets Go!

The Fforest Fawr Sculpture Trail good paths with a toddler standing looking at the trees
Was that a giant in the woods? Or just a bird?

The Fforest Fawr Sculpture Trail toddler taking a tumble

The Fforest Fawr Sculpture Trail Toddler on back in leaves and trees smiling and looking up
I'm OK! Just thought I'd have a look at the sky.

toddler holding a stick
Great place to find the perfect stick

Carving of big giant head with big nose
Big head with big nose!

carving of a little mouse peeking out of a flap in the tree
A little mouse peeping out

sculpture of a naked woman hugging a boar like creature
Is this Beauty and the Beast? Bear thinks it's a pig *grunt grunt*

toddler touching the wooden sculpture
Lots of interesting things to touch...........

toddler exploring the inside of a hollow tree carved into the shape of a wizard
.....or climb into

view across grass towards mountain and town, Caerphilly, in the valley
Views towards Taff's Well can be glimpsed through the trees

den made from sticks with toddler inside
Who lives here?

carved dragon with man and toddler sat on it and bat sculpture behind
You can ride a friendly dragon

sign describing the trail.
Even the explanatory board for the Fforest Fawr Sculpture Trail is carved

We had a great time and it was so quiet with very few people about. One thing our photo's do not show is the amount of dog mess in bags left everywhere. It is such a shame because it is a lovely place and the sculptures are great fun but it did make me cut our walk short. Hopefully Natural Resources Wales will clean it up so that it continues to be a great family friendly place to visit.

Have you been to the sculpture trail?



  1. What a wonderful trail and it looks like it has dried up really well after a week of dry weather. I thought our farm paths would be boggy forevermore but they too have dried out in time for the Easter rush. Such a shame about the dog bags, very annoying with toddlers as I can imagine they would want to go and investigate them! That aside it looks like a lovely place to enjoy some family time together. Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

    1. I was so surprised too. It was really dry even under the leaves. He did try to investigate a few which was what made me notice how many there were but Natural Resources Wales, who manage the trail, have promised to clean it up :-)

  2. I've never been there before but looks like such a beautiful place to visit

    1. It's great, so much more than We had time to see

  3. What an amazing place to explore. The sculptures are fab, and I adore that little mouse #CountryKIds

    1. I loved it too just peeking out! Lots more that we just didn't get to because of tired little legs

  4. Looks like a great place to go, love the mouse peeping out.
    I suppose the dog mess is better in a bag than left on the ground, do they have plenty of bins? I am not saying it is ok, I agree it is wrong.
    The dragon looks great to play on.

    1. They didn't seem to have any bins and I torn between unbagged, would eventually rot away but could be stepped in, and bagged that just sits there for ever. I just couldn't believe the amount. Just so many antisocial people about :-( The dragon was amazing :-)

  5. What lovely sculptures. I particularly love the mouse carving. It's a shame that dog owners have left their marks. #CountryKids

    1. Hopefully it's cleared up now. It is a great place to go.

  6. I am sold with the sculptures especially the mouse. Definitely a great place to go with little ones but shame about the dog mess though. x

    1. The mouse was a happy surprise, just tucked away :-)


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