Coed y Brenin Forest Park - Tyddyn Gwladys

Picnic site by the rolling Mawddach river and gateway to the Waterfalls and Goldmines Trail

What's here

This site and most visitor facilities are open - please see more details on this web page.

 

The Waterfalls and Goldmines Trail is currently unsuitable for pushchairs and mobility scooters.

 

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.

 

Welcome

Tyddyn Gwladys is the gateway to the famous Rhaeadr Mawddach and Pistyll Gain falls. 

There is a circular walking trail past the waterfalls and the Gwynfynydd goldmine which closed in 1999.

In the car park, there are picnic tables under large trees beside the rolling Mawddach river.

Download more information about Tyddyn Gwladys.

Walking trail

The walking trail is waymarked and starts from the car park.

Waterfalls and Goldmines Trail

Highlights: The waterfalls alone make this walk worthwhile.

Distance: 2¼ miles, 3.7 kilometres

Grade: moderate

Trail description: Follow the forest road north along the river Mawddach in a steep-sided valley surrounded by big trees, towards the waterfalls. Follow the waymarkers along the east side of the river and cross the timber bridge back to the car park.

The trail is nearly all on forest road with one section of very rough private track before you get to the waterfalls and one steep but short climb 20%/1 in 5 after leaving them.

There are no steps or stiles and the trail is suitable for pushchairs and mobility scooters.

On this trail there are two benches, one picnic table and two gates with passing places 80cm wide.

More information: walk card and audio trail

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

Location

Tyddyn Gwladys car park is just off the A470, near the village of Ganllwyd. 

It is in the county of Gwynedd​.

The OS grid reference is SH 734 262.

Car parking is free of charge. 

Download the location map.

Directions

From the south: Take the A470 north from Dolgellau. After passing through the village of Ganllwyd, turn right just after the school. Follow this minor road over a stone bridge and continue following the road on the right with the river Mawddach below. The Tyddyn Gwladys car park is on the right at the end of the tarmac road after about 1.5 kilometres (you will pass the Pont Cae'n y Coed car park on the way).

From the north: Take the A470 south from Coed y Brenin Forest Park Visitor Centre. On reaching the village of Ganllwyd turn sharp left immediately after the 40mph speed limit sign. Follow this minor road over a stone bridge and continue following the road on the right with the river Mawddach below. The Tyddyn Gwladys car park is on the right at the end of the tarmac road after about 1.5 kilometres (you will pass the Pont Cae'n y Coed car park on the way).

Public transport

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

Exploring Coed y Brenin Forest Park

Coed y Brenin Forest Park offers visitors the total woodland experience within Snowdonia National Park.

There is 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 trails that start here at Tyddyn Gwladys, the main car parks with facilities for visitors within Coed y Brenin Forest Park are:

  • Coed y Brenin Forest Park Visitor Centre - the gateway to the forest park and the starting point for a range of walking, running and mountain biking trails. There is also a café, running shop and bike shop
  • Glasdir – a picnic site with walk through an old copper mine and an accessible trail to a viewpoint above the mine workings
  • Forest Garden – a choice of routes through trees from all over the world in the forest garden, one of which is an accessible trail
  • Pont Cae’n y Coed – start of the rugged Volcano Trail
  • Ty'n y Groes – riverside picnic area and gateway to an accessible riverside walk and a rugged mountain trail with great views over Snowdonia

Contact details

Coed y Brenin Forest Park Visitor Centre

Tel: 01341 440747

Email: coedybrenin@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk

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