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Tyddyn Gwladys, Coed y Brenin Forest Park

A picnic site by the rolling Mawddach river and gateway to the Waterfalls and Goldmines walk

Two women overlooking a stream at Tyddyn Gwladys, Coed y Brenin Forest Park

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 (see below)
  • 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 walks 
  • 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

Tyddyn Gwladys 

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.

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

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.

Goldmines Trail

Short loop (2 and a quarter miles, 3.7 kilometres) or long loop (3.5 miles, 5.7 kilometres)

Goldmines Trail – short loop mapBoth 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

How to get here

Download the location map.

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. 

Directions

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).

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]
Goldmines Trail Walking trail PDF [1.5 MB]

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