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Glasdir, Coed y Brenin Forest Park

Picnic site with barbecue by the side of the delightful River Las and the main car park for the Glasdir walk to an old copper mine

Two women on the Glasdir Copper Trail

What's here

Accessible facilities
Dogs
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 
  • 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 walk to an old copper mine (see below)
  • 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

Glasdir

Glasdir car park is the starting point for a walk through the old copper mine of Glasdir where copper was mined from 1852 to 1914. 

The main car park is adjacent to a picnic site with barbecue by the side of the delightful Afon Las river.

There is an additional disabled only car park (Pont Llam yr Ewig) with an accessible picnic table and access to the all-ability trail at the top of the Copper Works.

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 onsite and make sure you follow any temporary diversion signs in place

Walking trail

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

Please stay on the waymarked trail as the old mine workings and buildings may be unsafe and there are unprotected drops into the river gorges.

There is an audio trail about the world-wide significance of this little copper mine on the NRW PlaceTales app. Find out how to download the app before your visit.

Glasdir Copper Trail

Three quarters of a mile, 1.2 kilometres

Glasdir Copper Trail mapDiscover an old copper works in a peaceful rural setting. This short walk goes to a viewpoint which offers a vista over the whole site and the river valley below. There are a number of flights of steps both on the steep ascent and descent through the old workings.

Download more information about the Glasdir Copper Trail

Accessibility information

Glasdir accessible trail mapThere is all ability access to the viewpoint of the Copper Works from the disabled only car park at Pont Llam yr Ewig. The trail is built to all ability standards with an easy gradient and is suitable for wheelchair users.

Download more information about the Glasdir Accessible Trail

How to get here

Download the location map.

Glasdir car park is just off the A470, near the village of Ganllwyd.

The OS grid reference is SH 737 225.

Car parking is free of charge.

Directions

From the south: Take the A470 north from Dolgellau. About 200 metres after passing the Tyn y Groes Hotel, turn right following the brown tourist signs to Ty'n y Groes. Follow the tarmac road past the Ty’n y Groes picnic site for just over one kilometre. The Glasdir car park is on the right with a picnic site a short walk away across the road. 

From the north: Take the A470 south towards Dolgellau.  After passing through Ganllwyd village, turn left following the brown tourist signs to Ty'n y Groes. Follow the tarmac road past the Ty’n y Groes picnic site for just over one kilometre. The Glasdir car park is on the right with a picnic site a short walk away across the road. 

Disabled car park: When you reach the Glasdir car park, continue along the tarmac road, bear sharp left up the steep hill, turn right at the crossroads at the top of the hill and the Pont Llam yr Ewig disabled only car park is on the right over the stone bridge.

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]
Glasdir Copper Trail Walking trail PDF [1.1 MB]
Glasdir Accessible Trail Accessible trail PDF [1.1 MB]

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