Cae’n y Coed, Coed y Brenin Forest Park
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 Pandy car park is the gateway to the Discovery Trail.
The forest garden is home to trees from all over the world and there are some fascinating facts about some of these trees on special signs in the garden.
There is a separate car park at Pont Llam yr Ewig for disabled visitors with direct access to the all ability trail (see Accessibility Information).
The walking trail starts from the car park. You can explore the forest garden along any of the paths or follow our tree-facts posts for a suggested route.
Three quarters of a mile, 1.2 kilometres
The The Discovery Trail starts at the welcome board by the bridge over the Afon Babi. It then crosses the bridge into the garden where you can discover our tree collection from all around the world.
The garden is crisscrossed with a series of formal and informal tracks, some steep and uneven, but there are no steps or stiles.
Download more information about the Discovery Trail
There is a car park for use by disabled visitors only.
The all ability trail starts from Pont Llam yr Ewig car park.
The trail is built to all ability standards with an easy gradient and is suitable for wheelchair users.
A quarter of a mile, 350 metres
The trail crosses the bridge and follows the river through the lower part of the forest garden to a viewpoint overlooking the waterfall. Here you can hear the story of Pont-Llam-yr-Ewig – Bridge of the Stag’s Leap, using our special wind-up box.
Pandy car park is just off the A470, near the village of Ganllwyd.
The OS grid reference is SH 744 225.
Car parking is free of charge.
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. At a crossroads just after the Glasdir car park turn left uphill. Turn right at the next cross roads and cross a small bridge (Pont Llam yr Ewig). Go past the disabled car park on the left to the main Pandy car park another 150 metres up the hill on the left.
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. At a crossroads just after the Glasdir car park turn left uphill. Turn right at the next cross roads and cross a small bridge (Pont Llam yr Ewig). Go past the disabled car park on the left to the main Pandy car park another 150 metres up the hill on the left.
Disabled car park: Follow directions as above. The Pont Llam yr Ewig disabled visitors only car park is on the left over the stone bridge before reaching the main Pandy car park.
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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