Gogerddan Wood, near Aberystwyth

What's here


Gogerddan Wood is a short drive from Aberystwyth and is easy-to-find.

The circular walking trail starts from the car park and the small picnic site is in a sheltered location by Nant Clarach stream.

There is a stunning display of bluebells and other wildflowers in spring, and an array of seasonal colours in autumn.

The woodland has some beautiful old trees including oak, sweet chestnut and lime.

It gets its name from the nearby Plas Gogerddan (Gogerddan mansion), an old mansion owned by the Pryse family who were famous silver and lead mine owners.

Walking trail

The walking trail is waymarked from start to finish.

Look out for the information panel at the start of the trail.

Find out about walking trail grades.

Gogerddan Trail

  • Grade: Moderate
  • Distance: 1.5 miles/2.4 kilometres
  • Time: 1¼ hours
  • Trail information: Numerous climbs and steep descents. The surface is rough and may be wet in places. Walking shoes with a good grip recommended. Wooden bench at the viewpoint overlooking the fields and hills.

The veteran trees and stunning spring flowers are the highlights on this pleasant walk with an amazing bluebell display in late spring.

It is a fairly short walk but the steep climbs through the trees are rewarded with some lovely views.

National Forest for Wales

Gogerddan Wood forms part of the National Forest for Wales.

The National Forest will:

  • create areas of new woodland
  • enhance existing woodlands
  • restore Wales’ irreplaceable ancient woodlands

It will form a connected ecological network running throughout Wales, bringing social, economic and environmental benefits.

Parts of the network will eventually form a trail running the length and breadth of Wales, so anyone can access it wherever they live.

For more information go to the National Forest for Wales website.

Closures and diversions

Sometimes we need to close or divert trails for your safety whilst we undertake maintenance work or other operations.

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 on site and any temporary diversion signs.

How to get here


Gogerddan is 3 miles north east of Aberystwyth.

It is in the county of Ceredigion.


Follow the A487 from Aberystwyth towards Machynlleth.

After 2½ miles, turn right for Penrhyncoch and continue straight over the crossroads.

In ½ mile, the car park is on the left, after passing the large greenhouses.

Ordnance Survey map

Gogerddan woodland is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map Explorer 213.

The OS grid reference is SN 633 836.

Public transport

The nearest mainline railway station is in Aberystwyth.

The bus service from Aberystwyth to Penrhyncoch stops at the Aberystwyth University entrance, very near to Gogerddan Wood car park.

For details of public transport visit the Traveline Cymru website.


Parking is free of charge.

Overnight parking is not permitted.

Contact details

There are no staff at this location.

Contact our customer team for general enquiries during office hours, Monday to Friday.

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