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Ty’n y Groes, Coed y Brenin Forest Park

Riverside picnic area and gateway to an all-ability riverside walk and a rugged mountain trail with great views over Snowdonia

Two people walking the King’s Guards Trail at Ty’n y Groes, 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
  • 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 (see below)

Ty'n y Groes

This car park and riverside picnic area is the starting point for two forest walks.

The all-ability trail goes along the river and past the tallest trees in Coed y Brenin Forest Park.

The Penrhos Mountain Trail is a rugged mountain route with the reward of some great views over Snowdonia.

There is a level grassy area in the car park where children can play.  There are also barbeque facilities and the car park has toilets.

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 trails

All of the Ty'n y Groes walking trails are waymarked and start from the car park.  

There is an audio trail about Coed y Brenin Forest Park’s tallest trees on the NRW PlaceTales app. Find out how to download the app before your visit.

King’s Guards Trail

Three quarters of a mile, 1.1 kilometres

The trail starts off along the riverside and passes some magnificent Douglas firs, the biggest trees in Coed y Brenin Forest Park. After reaching the King, the tallest tree on the route, the trail continues to another huge tree known as the Champion. It then goes onto a tarmac road before it descends steeply to the car park.

Penrhos Mountain Trail

3 miles, 4.5 kilometres

The Penrhos Mountain Trail offers a real feel of mountain walking. It makes its way up the hillside through woodland to the heather and gorse-clad summit of Penrhos mountain from where there are views of Snowdonia. The trail follows a number of steep footpaths on an unmade uneven surface.

Download more information about the Ty'n y Groes Trails

Ty'n y Groes trails

Accessibility information

The first part of the King’s Trail is on almost flat ground and is suitable for wheelchairs.

Facilities in Ty’n y Groes car park include:

  • disabled parking 
  • disabled toilets 

King’s Guards Trail accessible route

Half a mile, 850 metres

The route follows the riverside past some magnificent Douglas firs, the biggest trees in Coed y Brenin Forest Park. After reaching the King, the biggest tree on the trail, there is a short loop path adjacent to the river back to the car park.

Download more information about the accessible route from Ty'n y Groes

Opening times 

The toilets are open all the time.

How to get here

Download the location map.

Ty’n y Groes car park is just off the A470, near the village of Ganllwyd. 

The OS grid reference is SH 730 233.

Car parking is free of charge.

Directions

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. The car park is 300 metres down the hill by the side of the river Mawddach.

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. The car park is 300 metres down the hill by the side of the river Mawddach.

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

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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]

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