Dyfnant Forest (Hendre), near Dolgellau

Carriage drivers can take a pleasure drive through Dyfnant Forest’s beautiful countryside

What's here

Coronavirus update


The Welsh Government is implementing a national coronavirus firebreak from 6pm on Friday 23 October until Monday 9 November.


The firebreak regulations replace the local restrictions which were in force in some parts of the country. They apply to everyone living or travelling in Wales.


Our sites and most visitor facilities remain open during this firebreak period but people are advised to stay at home and only visit sites in the local area to take exercise.


Visiting your local site safely


We have changed the normal route for some of our trails to help you maintain social distancing – please follow signs on site.


You need to wear a mask when going inside one of our buildings.


You can check-in via the NHS app when entering one of our buildings – scan the QR-code on the NHS Covid-19 poster on site.



Dyfnant Forest is in a part of Wales renowned for its rolling hills, lush green valleys and picturesque farmsteads and villages.

It is an area rich in history, too. Owain Glyndwr, the Welsh prince who fought for Welsh independence and united Wales, once rode these hills.

Nowadays it is well known for its facilities for horse riding and carriage driving.

Horse riding and carriage driving trails

The Rainbow Trails were developed in partnership with the Dyfnant and Vyrnwy Horse Riders and Carriage Drivers Association.

There are nearly 100 miles of tracks and trails with five horse riding trails and three carriage trails.

The trails are waymarked and range from an easy trot to challenging 16-mile routes for more experienced riders wanting full-day rides.

For full details and maps go to the Rainbow Trails website or download the Hendre site information.

Facilities at Hendre

Horses in corralHendre car park is the starting point for the three carriage driving trails.

The car park has:

  • large turning circle
  • two corrals
  • hitching rails
  • picnic tables
  • a quiet area to harness up and put to

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

How to get here


Hendre car park is located on the B4395 between Llangadfan and Lake Vyrnwy.

Parking is free of charge.

It is in the county of Powys.

Download the location map.


From the Penyffordd car park: turn left onto the B4395 (from A458 Llangadfan heading to Lake Vyrnwy). Follow this road for one and a half miles before turning left by Hendre cottages on the corner. The Hendre car park is 300 metres up this road on the right hand side.

From Llanfyllin: take the B4393 and then turn left on to the B4395 signposted to Llwydiarth and Pont Llogel. Turn right by Hendre cottages. The Hendre car park is 300 metres up this road on the right hand side.

Ordnance Survey map

Hendre is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map 239.

The OS grid reference for the car park is SJ 029 151.

Contact us

Natural Resources Wales

Tel: 0300 065 3000

Email: enquiries@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk

Rainbow Trails

Email: admin@rainbowtrails.org.uk


Related document downloads

Hendre site information PDF [625.0 KB]

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