Located on the banks of the Taff just south of the M4 motorway, Forest Farm is full of surprises.

Sections of the former Glamorganshire Canal still survive here and a wide range of habitats including woodland, scrub, hay meadow, ponds and marshland. The Taff Trail runs through the site and to the south is the recently restored Melingriffith Waterpump – a relic of the industrial past of the area.


  • Glamorganshire Canal local nature reserve: The sections of canal seen at Forest farm are the only parts of the 1790 Glamorganshire Canal that still exist. Watch out for mallards, moorhens, coots, kingfishers and dragonflies.
  • Longwood Site of Special Scientific Interest: one of the most westerly beechwoods in the UK.
  • Melingriffith Waterpump: Installed in the 1790s, this lifted water from the tail race leaving the Melingriffith Tin Works into the Glamorganshire Canal.


  • Bird hides
  • Conservation centre
  • Taff Trail to Cardiff City Centre and Castell Coch
  • Volunteering opportunities The Friends of Forest Farm​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window ​organise workdays and conservation activities
  • Toilet facilities

Opening hours

The park is open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.