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:
This car park is for the use of disabled visitors only.
It is the starting point for the all ability trail at the top of the old copper mine of Glasdir where copper was mined from 1852 to 1914.
There is an accessible picnic table in the car park.
The 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.
Half a mile, 850 metres
This trail goes to the viewpoint of the copper works. It has been built to all ability standards with an easy gradient and is suitable for wheelchair users.
Pont Llam yr Ewig car park is just off the A470, near the village of Ganllwyd.
The OS grid reference is SH 743 226.
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 and 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.
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 and 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.
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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