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Beddgelert Forest, near Porthmadog

Peaceful forest in the heart of Snowdonia National Park


What's here

Mountain bike trail
Parking (free)
Picnic area
Walking trail

Coronavirus update


All Natural Resources Wales (NRW) car parks, play areas and toilet blocks in the reserves, woods and forests are closed from 23 March 2020.


Mountain bike trails are now closed. No maintenance is being carried out until further notice on mountain bike trails.


For more information see our main page on coronavirus.


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

The trail is waymarked and starts from the car park.

Llyn Llywelyn Walk

  • Grade: Moderate
  • Distance: 2¾ miles/4.4 kilometres 
  • Time: 2½ hours
  • Description: The trail is nearly all on forest road with three short sections of track, 1.5m wide, one of which can become muddy on the gradual climb to the lake, and one on the descent back to the car park has a 40m section of rough uneven cobbles. The two railway crossings have manual gates to open. There are two picnic tables along the trail.

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.

Woman and chldren beside lake

Cycle trails

All our mountain bike trails are waymarked and have been graded for difficulty.

Go to mountain bike trail grades to find out what the grades mean.

At the start of the trail there is an information panel – please read this before setting off.

Bedwen Bike Trail

  • Grade: Forest road or similar
  • Distance: 6 kilometres 
  • Time: 1 - 1½ hours

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

Derwen Bike Trail

  • Grade: Forest road or similar
  • Distance: 10.1 kilometres 
  • Time: 1 - 2 hours

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

  • 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

0300 065 3000

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