Walking at Coed y Brenin Forest Park
Three circular walks set off from Coed y Brenin...
World-class mountain bike trails, family walks and running trails for all tastes and fitness levels
Coed y Brenin made its name in the 1990s as Britain's first purpose-built mountain bike centre.
Today, mountain bikers still make up around half of the visitors here. They are drawn by the eight purpose-built mountain bike trails, a skills area and a bike shop.
The visitor centre also welcomes many other visitors who come to enjoy activities such as walking, trail running, orienteering and geocaching.
There’s plenty for children, too, with three playgrounds to choose from including a "free play" area where they can make dens and dam streams.
Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre has been awarded the Gold Award by Visit Wales for attractions which make an exceptional effort to create an enjoyable and memorable experience for their visitors.
The café within the Coed y Brenin Forest Park Visitor Centre has stunning views over the valley and woodland, whether you choose to sit indoors or outside on the large balcony area.
It serves hot and cold food - including the famous Coed y Brenin venison burger - a choice of coffees and other drinks, cakes and daily specials.
Vegetarian and vegan choices are available but, if you have any dietary preferences, please discuss these with the café staff.
Many of our cakes come from our own kitchen, and our venison burgers come from within Coed y Brenin Forest itself.
Wherever possible, we try to purchase Fairtrade products such as our coffee, which is barista made by trained staff.
Our Wildlife and Conservation Ranger manages the fallow deer population to ensure that the trees in the forest are able to grow naturally without being over-nibbled by deer.
This produces plenty of venison which is butchered in Bala and sold here in our café.
This means our burgers are very low in "food miles" and, as venison is low in cholesterol compared with other types of red meat, it is a healthier choice.
There are a number of picnic tables around the main car parks within Coed y Brenin Forest Park plus many more on the waymarked walking trails.
Some of the picnic tables have metal frames for holding disposable barbeques.
There are also stone BBQ plinths in Glasdir and Ty'n y Groes picnic sites.
Please ensure all fires are extinguished and tidied up after use.
As well as the huge number of trails that start from the visitor centre, there are waymarked walking trails from these car parks in Coed y Brenin Forest Park:
As well as the facilities at Coed y Brenin Forest Park Visitor Centre, there are also all-ability trails and dedicated disabled parking bays at these other parts of the forest park:
There are accessible toilets at Ty'n y Groes car park
See the events section.
Coed y Brenin Forest Park Visitor Centre has conference facilities for up to 80 delegates.
These are suitable for a variety of business meetings and corporate events.
They may also be hired for social events or by clubs and societies.
Find out about the Countryside Code and other codes which will help visitors respect, protect and enjoy the countryside.
Coed y Brenin Forest Park has a particular magic in snowy and wintry conditions.
Please take these precautions to make your visit safer and more enjoyable:
Please note that in extreme weather, such as high winds or snow and ice, we may have to shut the visitor centre and car park due to the risk of injury to visitors or staff.
Natural Resources Wales asks visitors to woodlands to observe some simple measures in order to help prevent the spread of tree diseases.
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.
The Coed y Brenin Forest Park Visitor Centre and Café is open seven days per week, throughout the year (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day).
Summer opening times (1 April - 30 September)
Monday to Sunday 9.00am to 5.00pm
Autumn opening times (1 October - 4 November)
Monday to Friday 9.00am to 4.30pm
Saturday and Sunday 9.00am to 5.00pm
Winter opening times (5 November - 31 March)
Monday to Sunday 9.30am to 4.30pm
The visitor information desk is available seven days per week, throughout the year (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day) during the gift shop opening hours of 10am - 4pm.
Tel: 01341 440728
See the bike shop website for details of their opening times.
Tel: 01341 440798
See the running shop website for details of their opening times.
Coed y Brenin Forest Park Visitor Centre is on the east side of the A470, eight miles north of Dolgellau. It is just north of Ganllwyd and south of Trawsfynnydd, the nearest villages.
Follow the signs on the A470.
For satellite navigation, the postcode for Coed y Brenin Forest Park Visitor Centre is LL40 2HZ (when approaching the visitor centre, please follow the brown signs and do not take the no through road).
The OS grid reference is SH 725 272.
The nearest train stations are in Barmouth (Cambrian Coast line) and Blaenau Ffestiniog (Blaenau Ffestiniog-Llandudno line).
Bus numbers T2 (Dolgellau – Aberystwyth) and 35 (Blaenau Ffestiniog – Dolgellau) pass the entry road to the car park. For details of public transport visit www.traveline.cymru
There is a charge for parking at Coed y Brenin visitor centre.
We use the income from car parking charges to help look after the visitor centre and the walking, mountain biking and running trails in Coed y Brenin forest park.
You are charged for the length of time you park.
You pay the parking charge when you are ready to leave.
The charges are:
Overnight parking is not permitted
If you live within the LL40 or LL41 postcode or the neighbouring villages of Arthog, Cutiau, Cardeon, Corris and Tal-y-Llyn you do not have to pay for car parking at Coed y Brenin visitor centre.
Car parking is also free for Blue Badge holders.
Please note: you need to register for free parking by presenting your vehicle log book (V5 document) or Blue Badge at the visitor centre welcome desk.
You can buy a season ticket for £40 to cover car parking charges for 12 months from the visitor centre reception.
We have produced two apps to help you plan and enjoy your visit:
Both apps are available free of charge.
As mobile phone network coverage can be limited in rural areas, we recommend that you download these apps before your visit.
Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre
Tel: 01341 440747
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