Glasdir, Coed y Brenin Forest Park
Picnic site with barbecue by the side of the delightful...
Start of the rugged Volcano Trail
Coed y Brenin Forest Park offers visitors the total woodland experience within Snowdonia National Park.
The hills and woodlands that make up the forest park cover an area of some 9000 acres around the valleys of the rivers Mawddach, Eden, Gain and Wen.
There are a range of waymarked trails to cater for all tastes and fitness levels in the forest park. These include world-class mountain bike trails, family walks, running trails, geocaching and orienteering routes.
Coed y Brenin Forest Park Visitor Centre is the gateway to the forest park and the starting point for a range of walking, running and mountain biking trails. There is also a café, running shop and bike shop.
As well as the trails that start at the visitor centre, there are waymarked walking trails from these car parks in Coed y Brenin Forest Park:
The Cae’n y Coed car park is the start of the Volcano Trail which reveals Coed y Brenin’s fascinating geological history. This seven mile circular walk goes through some of the roughest terrain in the forest park.
The car park is also near a bridge over the Afon Mawddach and gorge.
The walking trail is waymarked and starts from the car park.
7 miles, 11 kilometres
The Volcano Trail is a circular walk which takes in a number of special features in Coed y Brenin Forest Park, including the copper bog and Moel Hafod Owen, the highest point in the forest. Along the way, there are information panels about Coed y Brenin’s geology and its violent volcanic history.
The route follows a combination of forest tracks, minor roads and paths, often on an unmade uneven surface. It goes through some of the roughest terrain in the forest.
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Cae’n y Coed car park is just off the A470, near the village of Ganllwyd.
The OS grid reference is SH 733 251.
Car parking is free of charge.
From the south: Take the A470 north from Dolgellau. After passing through the village of Ganllwyd, turn right just after the school. Follow this minor road over a stone bridge and continue following the road on the right with the river Mawddach below. The car park is on the right after about a quarter of a mile.
From the north: Take the A470 south from Coed y Brenin Forest Park Visitor Centre. On reaching the village of Ganllwyd turn sharp left immediately after the 40mph speed limit sign. Follow this minor road over a stone bridge and continue following the road on the right with the river Mawddach below. The car park is on the right after about a quarter of a mile.
The nearest train stations are in Barmouth (Cambrian Coast line) and Blaenau Ffestiniog (Blaenau Ffestiniog-Llandudno line). For details of public transport visit www.traveline.cymru
Coed y Brenin Forest Park Visitor Centre
Tel: 01341 440747
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