Cae'n y Coed, near Betws-y-Coed
A field in the woods with picnic spots and a forest...
Gwydir Forest Park lies in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park.
Since Victorian times, generations of visitors have walked the woodland paths and fished the clear waters of the rivers here.
Today, waymarked walking trails allow visitors to explore this landscape of lakes, forests and mountains and to learn about its mining history.
There is also a mountain bike trail (which is graded red as it is only suitable for proficient riders), a forest garden and a waymarked walk to the famous Swallow Falls.
Between 1850 and 1919, lead and zinc mining dominated the area. The legacy of old engine-houses, waste tips and reservoirs are characteristic features of the forest landscape today.
Nearly all of the lakes in the forest were created to serve the mines.
Several of the most important mines have been partially restored and made safe for visitors.
Nowadays, as you explore the extensive, rolling upland of wooded knolls, lakes and pastures, you will find it difficult to imagine that this was once a derelict industrial landscape.
Gwydir Forest Park covers an area of over 72 square kilometres (28 square miles) and it encircles the village of Betws-y-Coed.
Waymarked walks start from the following parts of Gwydir Forest Park:
The Marin Trail, a red graded mountain bike trail with big climbs and singletrack only descents, starts from Sawbench.
Ty’n Llwyn means “house in the grove” in Welsh and it is a great place to enjoy a picnic with a view at one of the tables around the car park.
It is also the starting point for a walk through woodland to the famous Swallow Falls waterfall.
The walking trail is waymarked and starts from the car park.
2.5 miles, 4 kilometres
The Swallow Falls Trail goes to a viewpoint over this famous waterfall. It descends through a woodland before it reaches the viewpoint where there is a bench. The path then winds its way up through trees and rocky outcrops to another viewpoint with a fantastic view down the valley.
Download more information about the Swallow Falls Trail
Ty’n Llwyn is four miles west of Betws-y-Coed on a minor road off the A5.
The OS grid reference is SH 766 583.
Car parking is free of charge.
From the A5, take the minor road into the forest from the Ugly House (Tŷ Hyll).
The nearest train station is in Betws y Coed. For details of public transport visit www.traveline.cymru
Tel: 0300 065 3000
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