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Cae’n y Coed, Coed y Brenin Forest Park

Start of the rugged Volcano Trail

View of Coed y Brenin Forest Park

What's here

Parking
Walking trail

Welcome to Coed y Brenin Forest Park 

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.

Exploring Coed y Brenin Forest Park

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:

  • Cae’n y Coed – start of the rugged Volcano Trail (see below)
  • Tyddyn Gwladys – a picnic site by the rolling Mawddach river and gateway to the Waterfalls and Goldmines walk
  • Pandy – a choice of routes through trees from all over the world in the forest garden, one of which is suitable for all abilities
  • Glasdir – a picnic site with barbecue by the side of the delightful River Las and the main car park for the Glasdir walks 
  • Pont Llam yr Ewig – a very small car park for disabled visitors only to access the all ability trail to Glasdir Copper Mine
  • Ty'n y Groes – riverside picnic area and gateway to an all-ability riverside walk and a rugged mountain trail with great views over Snowdonia

Cae’n y Coed

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.

Closures and diversions

Please note:

  • Sometimes we need to close or divert trails for your safety whilst we undertake maintenance work or forest operations
  • Occasionally we may have to close a site in extreme weather, such as high winds or snow and ice due to the risk of injury to visitors or staff
  • Please always follow any instructions on-site and make sure you follow any temporary diversion signs in place

Walking trail

The walking trail is waymarked and starts from the car park. 

Volcano Trail

7 miles, 11 kilometres

Volcano trail map

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.

Download more information about the Volcano Trail

How to get here

Download the location map.

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.

Directions

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. 

Public transport

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

Find out more

Contact details

Coed y Brenin Forest Park Visitor Centre

Tel: 01341 440747

Email: coedybrenin@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk

 

Related document downloads

Coed y Brenin Location map PDF [1.5 MB]
Volcano Trail Walking trail PDF [1.7 MB]

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