Black Covert Woodland, near Aberystwyth
Sheltered picnic site with riverside walk
Off-the-beaten track woodland with riverside picnic site and a walk with superb views
Our sites and most visitor facilities are open but, under the current coronavirus restrictions in Wales, this is intended only for the use of people who live locally.
You are strongly advised – in line with current Welsh Government regulations – not to drive to any of our sites to exercise unless you have specific health or mobility issues.
We have changed the normal route for some of our trails to help you maintain social distancing – please follow signs on site.
Foel Friog is set within the spectacular landscape of Dyfi Forest, near the village of Aberllefenni, and is easy to find from the A487.
The pretty picnic site is next to the river and there is a circular waymarked walking trail to the top of Pen y Bryn hill.
During the late 18th century, slate quarrying was the major occupation locally but, when the quarries began to close in the 20th century, the Forestry Commission planted the hillsides.
The trees have transformed the landscape but, if you look carefully, you can see ruins of the quarry buildings.
The walking trail is waymarked and starts from Foel Friog car park.
2 miles/3.2 kilometres, strenuous
The Pen y Bryn Trail goes up a steep path through the trees before joining a forest track.
It passes by derelict farmsteads and quarry remains, and offers superb views.
It descends through an ancient oak woodland and returns to the car park on a bridleway along the river valley.
Foel Friog is part of Dyfi Forest.
Dyfi Forest lies mainly to the north of the River Dyfi between the towns of Dolgellau to the north and Machynlleth to the south.
Rugged peaks loom above the forested hillsides that are dotted with atmospheric ruins and slate spoil heaps.
Steam trains chug along the hillsides, now carrying holidaymakers, but originally carrying slates from the quarries to the coast.
As well as the walk at Foel Friog, there are also waymarked trails in Nant Gwernol and Tan y Coed.
Foel Friog is on a minor road signed for Aberllefenni off the A487 between Dolgellau and Machynlleth.
This site straddles the county borders of Gwynedd and Powys.
Car parking is free of charge.
Take the A487 towards Dolgellau and immediately opposite the Braich Goch pub turn right signed for Aberllefenni. Foel Friog picnic site is two miles down this road on the right immediately before the Aberllefenni village sign.
Take the A487 towards Machynlleth and just after the Corris Craft Centre turn very sharply left signed for Aberllefenni. Foel Friog picnic site is two miles down this road on the right, immediately before the Aberllefenni village sign.
Foel Friog is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map 215.
The OS grid reference is SH 769 092.
The nearest train station is in Machynlleth.
For details of public transport visit Traveline Cymru's website.
Tel: 0300 065 3000