Visitor Centre and Cafe Opening Times
The Visitor Centre and Cafe will open – Weds to Sun from 10am until 4pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday. (Please note we are closed over the Christmas period from Sunday 20th December. We re-open on Weds 6th January 2021. Telephone 01656 724100 E-mail: Parc Slip Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre
The 300 acre Parc Slip Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve with its Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre has something for everyone. As this is a nature reserve we ask that all dog walkers keep their dogs on a lead at all times.
A variety of different habitat types supporting many different species for wildlife enthusiast, a safe area for families to discover and enjoy nature, well -maintained traffic-free cycle tracks, including a 4km stretch of Sustrans National Cycle Route 4 for cyclists and over 10km of tracks for dog walking, with water and free dog waste bags available at in the car park and at the Visitor Centre.
There are accessible paths on the Nature Reserve for wheelchairs, walking sticks and for those with sight problems. The Centre and Cafe are fully accessible.
We have a number of wildlife events and activities taking place from the centre, including weekly Reptile Rambles. Visit the website pages for the full events list.
The Coffee Shop is open from Wednesday to Sunday, 10am until 4pm. Come and join us for a walk and follow it up with coffee and cake, watching the birds from the comfort of an armchair!
Our Cafe is developing its range of food, come along and try some gorgeous homemade soups, there are many vegetarian and vegan options as well as more traditional meat options. And of course there is always cake.
COVID 19 Guidelines and Regulations
Please adhere to Government COVID-19 guidelines and regulations when visiting our Parc Slip Visitor Centre and Cafe. New regulations will be in place from Monday 9th November 2020, these include…
• Where up to 4 people from different households are sat together at a table – Social distancing rules still apply.
• Keeping records of staff, customers and visitors to support the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service is mandatory, and the names of all customers or visitors, their telephone numbers, date of visit and arrival time must be collected and retained for 21 days.
• Customers are required to provide verification of their name when filling in contact details. Methods of verification may vary but might for example include drivers licence, bank or credit cards. Particular attention should be given to the details of a household group over 4, where adult customers will need to provide proof of name and address e.g. an electronic or paper based official document.
We thank you in advance for your co-operation with the Track and Trace regulations.
If you are thinking of taking your dog along with you to a nature reserve, please read and conform to our guidelines for dog walking on nature reserves. This will help us to keep the nature reserves a safe place for wildlife and people.
The Parc Slip Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre
- FREE car park
- FREE entry
- Coffee Shop serving sandwiches, cakes and hot and cold drinks
- Male, female and accessible toilets
- Discovery Room with exhibitions, videos, nature table and more. This room is available for hire, please contact us for details on 01656 726987.
- An events programme, with activities including wildlife surveys and guided walks, is running from the Visitor Centre.
- Friendly Parc Slip Ambassadors, who can answer any questions you have about the reserve.
From Junction 36 of the M4, at the roundabout take the exit onto the A4063 towards Maesteg. Go through two sets of traffic lights, then at the roundabout, take the second exit onto the B4281 (signposted Aberkenfig and Pyle), following the brown duck tourist sign for Parc Slip.
After approximately one mile, turn right at the Fountain Restaurant onto Fountain Road, still following the brown duck signs. Parc Slip Nature Reserve and Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre is on your left after approximately half a mile.
Please be aware that the satellite navigation systems may direct you onto New Road. The Visitor Centre is located on Fountain Road (signposted Fountain).
The nearest train station to Parc Slip Nature Reserve is Tondu. Leaving Tondu station, head down the road, past the Railway Club and join Bryn road, heading right.
At the cross roads, go right, under the bridge and past Lidl to the Methodist Church. Just past the church, on the left, take the pathway which leads into the woods.
Follow the path straight, going over a board walk, and past the picnic bench until you come out on Fountain Road, opposite the Wildlife Trust Visitor centre.
Latest News from Parc Slip
- We Are Good To Go!Yes!!! We are Finally Good to Go! We are delighted to announce that after 4 months of being closed, two of our Wildlife Trust Visitor Centres will once again open their doors to visitors! The Welsh Wildlife Centre The Welsh Wildlife Centre, Cilgerran will open on Wednesday 29th July from 10am until 4pm. The centre will be ...
- Update from Sarah KessellUpdate from Sarah Kessell, WTSWW Chief Executive Officer. I think we are not alone in finding that the planning needed to get back to work after the Covid-19 lockdown is proving far more complex than it was to stop suddenly at the start of the lockdown. The length of the lockdown has meant that there is a ...
- Parc Slip…. your ‘Gateway to the Valleys’ opening soon!Regular visitors to our Parc Slip reserve near Tondu would have noticed a lot of activity around the site over the past winter and spring! Paths and car parks closed (and not only as a result of the recent Corona virus restrictions!), heavy machinery moving mud around, familiar benches replaced and bird hides and ponds being ...
- Summer Bat Count at Parc Slip!Have you ever visited the Parc Slip office wondered why the conference room smells so weird or the building fascia looks so tired and needing replacement or a good lick of paint? Well here is the answer, for a number of years the office has been home to a maternity roost of Soprano Pipistrelle bats (Pipistrellus ...
- In Memory of Margaret Perring 1933 – 2020Margaret Perring (nee Barrow), who was a loyal member of the Wildlife Trust, sadly died at the beginning of April. Margaret was born in Maesteg on 14th May 1933 and was head girl at Maesteg Grammar School before going on to read Biology at Leeds University. Here she developed an interest in botany and after several ...
- New face at Parc Slip Visitor Centre!We are delighted to welcome Patrice McGhee to our Parc Slip Visitor Centre team! Patrice joined us in February as our new Catering and Visitor Centre Supervisor; we can’t wait to see what the future has in store for Patrice and the Visitor Centre! Patrice had this to say: “I studied textile design at art school in Dundee, ...