Cae’n y Coed, Coed y Brenin Forest Park
Start of the rugged Volcano Trail
Tyddyn Gwladys is the gateway to the famous Rhaeadr Mawddach and Pistyll Gain falls.
There is a circular walking trail 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.
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The walking trail is waymarked and starts from the car park.
There is an audio trail about this valley's busy industrial past on the NRW PlaceTales app.
2¼ miles, 3.7 kilometres, grade: moderate
Highlights: The waterfalls alone make this walk worthwhile.
Trail description: The trail is nearly all on forest road with one section of very rough private track before you get to the waterfalls and one steep but short climb 20%/1 in 5 after leaving them.
There are no steps or stiles and the trail is suitable for pushchairs and mobility scooters.
On this trail there are two benches, one picnic table and two gates with passing places 80cm wide.
More information: download the Waterfalls and Goldmines Trail walk card.
Tyddyn Gwladys is within Coed y Brenin Forest Park.
The 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 is 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 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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