Beddgelert Forest, near Porthmadog
Peaceful forest in the heart of Snowdonia National...
Discover an old copper works in a quiet rural setting with an accessible trail to a viewpoint over the mine workings
Our sites and most visitor facilities are open but, under the current coronavirus restrictions in Wales, this is intended only for the use of people who live locally.
You are strongly advised – in line with current Welsh Government regulations – not to drive to any of our sites to exercise unless you have specific health or mobility issues.
We have changed the normal route for some of our trails to help you maintain social distancing – please follow signs on site.
Glasdir is within Coed y Brenin Forest Park.
Glasdir car park is the starting point for a walk through an old copper mine.
There is a picnic site with barbecue by the side of the river.
Pont Llam yr Ewig is an additional small car park for disabled visitors only.
It has an accessible picnic table and is the starting point for the accessible trail to a viewpoint above the mine workings.
The moderate walking trail is waymarked from the Glasdir park.
The accessible trail is waymarked from the Pont Llam yr Ewig car park.
Please stay on the waymarked trails as the old mine workings and buildings may be unsafe and there are unprotected drops into the river gorges.
Highlights: Discover an old copper works hidden in a quiet rural setting.
Distance: 1¼ miles, 1.9 kilometres
Trail description: Follow the red waymarkers from the main Glasdir car park through the picnic site down to the river. The trail then takes in a circuit of the old copper mine set into the hillside in a series of high stone terraces. The trail is often less than 1m wide in places, on an unmade, uneven surface, where you can expect mud, rocks and tree roots. There are several flights of steps on the steep ascents and descents through the old workings.
More information: walk card and audio trail
Highlights: The viewpoint above the mine workings.
Distance: ½ mile, 800m
Trail description: Follow the blue waymarkers from the Pont Llam yr Ewig car park along an old tramway to the viewpoint above the mine workings. The accessible trail is suitable for wheelchairs. It is 1.5m wide, flat, well surfaced with passing bays every 50m and resting points every 150m.
More information: walk card and audio trail
The car park at Pont Llam yr Ewig is for the use of disabled visitors only.
The accessible trail to the viewpoint over the mine workings starts from the Pont Llam yr Ewig car park.
The Glasdir car park and the Pont Llam yr Ewig car park are off the A470, near the village of Ganllwyd.
It is in the county of Gwynedd.
The OS grid reference for the Glasdir car park is SH 737 225.
The OS grid reference for the Pont Llam yr Ewig car park is SH 743 226.
Car parking is free of charge.
From the south: Take the A470 north from Dolgellau. About 200 metres after passing the Tyn y Groes Hotel, turn right following the brown tourist signs to Ty'n y Groes. Follow the tarmac road past the Ty’n y Groes picnic site for just over one kilometre. The Glasdir car park is on the right with a picnic site a short walk away across the road.
From the north: Take the A470 south towards Dolgellau. After passing through Ganllwyd village, turn left following the brown tourist signs to Ty'n y Groes. Follow the tarmac road past the Ty’n y Groes picnic site for just over one kilometre. The Glasdir car park is on the right with a picnic site a short walk away across the road.
Follow the directions to Glasdir car park. When you reach the Glasdir car park, continue along the tarmac road, bear sharp left up the steep hill, turn right at the crossroads at the top of the hill and the small Pont Llam yr Ewig car park is on the right over the stone bridge. Please note: Pont Llam yr Ewig is car park for the use of disabled visitors only.
The nearest train stations are in Barmouth (Cambrian Coast line) and Blaenau Ffestiniog (Blaenau Ffestiniog-Llandudno line).
For details of public transport visit www.traveline.cymru
Coed y Brenin Forest Park offers visitors the total woodland experience within Snowdonia National Park.
There are a range of waymarked trails to cater for all tastes and fitness levels in the forest park. These include world-class mountain bike trails, family walks, running trails, geocaching and orienteering routes.
As well as the walking trails that start here at Glasdir, the main car parks with facilities for visitors within Coed y Brenin forest park are:
Coed y Brenin Forest Park Visitor Centre
Tel: 01341 440747