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Forest Farm and Melingriffith

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.




Opening hours

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


How to find us

Access point


Forest Farm Conservation Centre


Melingriffith Waterpump




Public transport: See Cardiff bus​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window  for local routes or visit TravelineCymru​​​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window  to plan your journey online

Parking: Available at the Forest Farm picnic site on Forest Farm Road.