Black Covert Woodland, near Aberystwyth
Sheltered picnic site with riverside walk
Pleasant picnic site with tranquil woodland walks and two running trails
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Tan y Coed is an easy to find woodland with a picnic site, walking trails and running trails, located immediately off the A487.
The Forestry Commission began planting Tan y Coed woodland after the First World War as the war effort had used up Britain's timber.
Planting continued through the Second World War with Land Army Girls, known as “Timber Jills”, carrying out the work.
Today Tan y Coed is home to a pleasant picnic site with tables amongst huge trees in the large grassy area around the car park.
It is the start for two tranquil woodland walks past old moss-covered trees and along the river.
There is also an animal puzzle trail for families and two running trails.
Tan y Coed 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.
The walking trails are waymarked and start from Tan y Coed car park.
There are a couple of picnic benches along the way.
1 miles/1.8 kilometres, moderate
This moderate walk passes through a beech woodland and alongside the river Cadian with its waterfall and pools.
1 mile/1.8 kilometres; same route as Cwm Cadian Trail, moderate
The Animal Puzzle Trail leaflet gives clues to help children find the hidden animals in the woods along the Cwm Cadian Trail.
Leaflets are available from a dispenser in the car park.
1½ miles/2.4 kilometres, moderate
This moderate walk meanders uphill through conifer trees and then through more open beech and oak woodland.
It then descends to the riverside and follows the tumbling river back to the car park.
The Tan y Coed trails are a perfect escape for runners who are tired of running on the road or in the gym.
They offer a unique running experience with long climbs and steep descents along forest roads and muddy unmade paths over roots, rocks and streams.
Both are waymarked and start from Tan y Coed car park.
The trails can be very muddy and trail shoes are recommended. It is suggested you take adequate bodycover, water, map, phone and whistle.
5¼ miles/8.4 kilometres, climb: 1,194ft/364m
This trail is on the steep wooded hillsides of Pantperthog in the south of the woods.
5 miles/8 kilometres, climb: 1,293ft/393m
A steep run through the wooded hillsides of Bryn Llwyd in the north of the woods.
The Tan y Coed car park is sign-posted off the A487 between Dolgellau and Machynlleth, south of Corris and north of Pantperthog.
Car parking is free of charge.
Tan y Coed is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map OL 23.
The OS grid reference is SH 755 054.
The nearest train station is in Machynlleth.
For details of public transport visit Traveline Cymru's website.
Tel: 0300 065 3000
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