Cae’n y Coed, Coed y Brenin Forest Park
Start of the rugged Volcano Trail
A picnic site by the rolling Mawddach river and gateway to the Waterfalls and Goldmines walk
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:
Tyddyn Gwladys car park is the gateway to the famous Rhaeadr Mawddach and Pistyll Cain falls.
There is a choice of two circular walking trails, with one shorter than the other, but both go past the waterfalls and the Gwynfynydd goldmine which closed in 1999.
In the car park, there are picnic tables under large trees beside the rolling Mawddach river.
There is a short loop and a long loop and the route is suitable for pushchairs.
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 this valley's busy industrial past on the NRW PlaceTales app. Find out how to download the app before your visit.
Short loop (2 and a quarter miles, 3.7 kilometres) or long loop (3.5 miles, 5.7 kilometres)
Both trails follow a forest track north along the river Mawddach in a steep sided valley towards the waterfalls. The route passes relics of a gunpowder factory, gold mining works and the Gwynfynnydd mine.
The short loop returns across a wooden aerial bridge while the long loop continues downstream to Bailey Bridge before crossing the river and returning to the car park along the road.
Both trails are mainly on forest tracks with one section of very rough track before the waterfalls and one short but steep climb after leaving them. There are no steps or stiles.
Download more information about the Goldmines Trail
Tyddyn Gwladys car park is just off the A470, near the village of Ganllwyd.
The OS grid reference is SH 734 262.
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 Tyddyn Gwladys car park is on the right at the end of the tarmac road after about 1.5 kilometres (you will pass the Cae'n y Coed car park on the way).
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 Tyddyn Gwladys car park is on the right at the end of the tarmac road after about 1.5 kilometres (you will pass the Cae'n y Coed car park on the way).
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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