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Beddgelert Forest, near Porthmadog

Peaceful forest in the heart of Snowdonia National Park

Man and woman looking at view of mountains

What's here

Dogs welcome
Mountain biking
Picnic area
Walking trail


This huge forest is a treasure trove of walking and cycling routes, photographic opportunities and wildlife.

Take in the stunning views across to Snowdon, picnic by the secluded lake of Llyn Llywelyn and listen out for the sound of the Old Welsh Highland railway trains, which run through the forest on route from Caernarfon to Porthmadog.

As well as walking and cycling on our waymarked trails, you can also horse ride on the bridleways and forest roads or go running on the public right of way network.

Walking trail

Woman and chldren beside lake

Llyn Llywelyn walk

2¾ miles, 4.4 kilometres, moderate

This is a circular route with views across Beddgelert Forest to Snowdon.

It starts out from the car park and sets off through the woodland to the beautiful and secluded lake of Llyn Llywelyn.

Cycle trails

Bedwen Trail

6 kilometres, grade forest road or similar

This short circular route is worth the effort and the lake is a picturesque place to stop with a terrific view.

Derwen Trail

10.1 kilometres, grade forest road or similar

This trail is a pleasant tour of the northern end of Beddgelert Forest with slow and steady climbs and memorable views to the eastern end of the Snowdonia National Park.

It returns to the car park past the lake.

Other route

The Snowdonia National Park Lôn Gwyrfai trail from Beddgelert to Rhyd Ddu passes through Beddgelert Forest. 

This is a multi-use path for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. 

Go to the Snowdonia National Park website for more details.

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

Beddgelert Forest is 2 miles north of Beddgelert village.

Car parking at Beddgelert Forest is free of charge.


Take the A4085 from Beddgelert towards Caernarfon. After 1 mile, pass the entrance for Forest Holidays and then turn left onto a track. Follow this track for ½ mile to the Beddgelert Forest car park.

Ordnance Survey map

Beddgelert Forest is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map OL 17.

The OS grid reference is SH 574 503.

Public transport

The nearest train station is in Porthmadog.

For details of public transport visit Traveline Cymru's website.

Contact details

Tel: 0300 065 3000



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