Forestry Commission Wales whips up car park improvements

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Access to a south Wales woodland at the gateway to some of the most popular bridleways in the area has been made easier after Forestry Commission Wales improved the car park.

Coed Coesau Whips woodland, between Caerphilly and Cardiff, is an access point for the Ridgeway Rides, a selection of horse routes run by run by Safety and Facilities for Equestrians (SAFE), FC Wales and Caerphilly County Borough Council.

FC Wales, which manages the 108ha Welsh Assembly Government-owned mixed woodland, has tarmaced the surface to the car park at Llwyn Celyn and made a number of other improvements.

A horse step has been installed so that riders do not have to dismount to open the gate, along with a kissing gate which allows wheelchair access to the woods.

This was the latest in a string of car park improvements to be carried out by FC Wales and means that all the forest car parks around Caerphilly are now tarmaced.

FC Wales Community Ranger Emma Louise Felkin said, “This work will allow better access for everybody to enjoy this woodland, as well as improving the appearance of the area.

“The car park is large enough for a horse box and by re-surfacing and painting in parking bays we hope more people will be able to use this as a base to gain access to what is a lovely woodland.”


About 14 per cent of Wales is covered by woodlands. Of this, 38% (126,000 hectares/311,000 acres) is owned by the Welsh Assembly Government.

Forestry Commission Wales is the Welsh Assembly Government’s department of forestry and manages these woodlands on its behalf.

The Ridgeway Rides were set up thanks to support from FC Wales’s Cydcoed – Woods for All project, which was a £16 million grant programme working for communities in the Objective One area of Wales.

More information on the woodlands of Wales is available on

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