About the Welsh Pit Pony Centre

For centuries Fforest Uchaf Farm has nestled quietly on its lofty perch on the mountainside above Treforest and watched the world go by. Separated from the University of Glamorgan campus by a thin ribbon of private woodlands that are the remains of the ancient Forest of Glyn Taf, which once covered a huge area. A rich and diverse wildlife hustle and bustle their lives away unaffected by the rat race, or industrial and technological revolutions that happened in the valley.

Nowadays the Farm is a working small holding and home to the Fforest Uchaf Horse and Pony Rehabilitation Centre, & The Pit Pony Sanctuary, a registered Charity in Wales, providing Tender Loving Care for horses and ponies in need. The Centre has ponies of all shapes and sizes; many came from a background of misery and mistreatment. However, the life on the high pastures soon has their physical condition improved.

Visitors will be guided for a quiet walk in the high pastures with a magnificent panoramic backdrop of the Taff Valley and on clear days the Brecon Beacons in the distance to take time out and meet the ponies, hear their stories and see them enjoying their new life grazing and playing in the sun, your guide will take you by the ponds and walk you just touching the woodland, a home of rare and diverse wildlife that share the Farm with us. Perhaps taking time out to stop by the ponds and watch the life going on underwater quiet visitors may be treated to seeing the wild Buzzards soaring on the thermals that rise from the Valley floor below. For those interested in the Welsh Heritage of Pit Ponies we will explain the relationship between our locality and coal mining. Yow will have a chance to meet the last few Welsh Pit Ponies.

Fforest Uchaf Horse and Pony Rehabilitation Centre is a Charity registered with the Charity Commissioners (Registered Charity No 1002933) to provide a safe haven and Tender Loving Care for horses and ponies who have suffered through neglect, ignorance or cruelty, or find themselves in need through other causes. Some of the ponies in our care have special problems and are unlikely to ever leave the centre.

Opening times

1st May until 30th September Monday - Friday 10:00am to 2:00pm
Saturday - CLOSED
Sunday 11:00am - 4:00pm

1st October until 30th April
By appointment only

Cost

Family car: £10 or Adults £4, Children/OAP £2