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Welcome to Coed y Brenin Forest Park Visitor Centre

World-class mountain bike trails, family walks and running trails for all tastes and fitness levels

Family walking at Coed Brenin

What's here

Accessible facilities
Baby changing facilities
Barbeque
Bike hire
Bike wash
Café
Dogs welcome
Family friendly
Mountain biking
Orienteering route
Parking (accessible)
Parking (charge)
Picnic area
Play Area
Running trail
Shop
Shower
Toilets
Visitor Centre
Walking trail

Gold Award 2018Coed 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.

Café

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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.

Picnic sites and BBQs

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. 

Exploring the rest of Coed y Brenin Forest Park  

Two walkers in woodland

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: 

  • Cae’n y Coed – start of the rugged Volcano Trail 
  • Tyddyn Gwladys – a picnic site by the rolling Mawddach river and gateway to the Waterfalls and Goldmines walk 
  • Pandy – a choice of routes through trees from all over the world in the forest garden, one of which is suitable for all abilities
  • Glasdir – a picnic site with barbecue by the side of the delightful River Las and the main car park for the Glasdir walks 
  • Pont Llam yr Ewig – a very small car park for disabled visitors only to access the all ability trail to Glasdir Copper Mine
  • Ty'n y Groes–riverside picnic area (with toilets) and the gateway to an all-ability riverside walk and a rugged mountain trail with great views over Snowdonia 

Information for disabled visitors

Facilities for disabled visitors at Coed y Brenin Forest Park Visitor Centre include:

  • disabled parking bays in front of the visitor centre main entrance and next to picnic tables in main car park
  • a lift between the three floors of the visitor centre
  • hearing loops in café, conference rooms and information desk
  • accessible toilets
  • all-ability walking trail from the visitor centre
  • mountain bike trail suitable for riders using bikes that are adaptable to all abilities

Facilities for disabled visitors at other sites within 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

What’s on?

See the events section.

Conference facilities 

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 more about conference facilities at Coed y Brenin Forest Park Visitor Centre.

Enjoying Coed y Brenin safely

Countryside code

Find out about the Countryside Code and other codes which will help visitors respect, protect and enjoy the countryside.

Severe weather information

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:

  • Consult the local weather forecast and follow any guidance regarding travelling
  • Follow directions on signs in the forest park or given by Natural Resources Wales staff
  • Take care in the car park - we have limited resources to remove snow and ice and you should expect to be driving on slippery surfaces immediately on leaving the main A470 road
  • Wear suitable footwear and clothing
  • Expect all trail surfaces to be slippery - we do not treat any of the trails around the centre or in the forest park
  • Ride mountain biking trails in accordance with your skill level, the conditions and the suitability of your equipment - conditions are likely to be slippery, especially where there is ice under lying snow
  • Bear with us if we have to operate a reduced service in the café or information centre if staff are unable to get in
  • Contact us ahead of your visit or check our Facebook page for updates

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.

Help prevent the spread of tree diseases

Natural Resources Wales asks visitors to woodlands to observe some simple measures in order to help prevent the spread of tree diseases.

Site closures or 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.

Information on trail closures is included on the walking, mountain biking, running and other activities pages. 

Opening times

Coed y Brenin Forest Park Visitor Centre and Café

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 Friday 9.30am to 4.30pm

Saturday and Sunday 9.00am to 5.00pm

Visitor Information service & gift shop

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.

Beics Brenin bike shop

Tel: 01341 440728

Email: mail@beicsbrenin.co.uk  

See the bike shop website for details of their opening times.

Run Coed y Brenin - running shop

Tel: 01341 440798

Email: shop@runcoedybrenin.com  

 See the running shop website for details of their opening times.

How to find us

Download the location map.

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.

Directions

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.

Public transport

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

Car parking

Car parking costs:

  • £5.00 (all day)
  • £3.00 (up to three hours)
  • £1.00 (up to one hour)

An annual season ticket costs £30 and may be bought in the visitor centre.

The income from car parking charges helps towards the upkeep of the site.

Download our apps

We have produced two apps to help you plan and enjoy your visit:

  • Cymru|Wales NRW PlacesToGo shows you where you can go and what you can do in Wales’s public forests and in the National Nature Reserves managed by Natural Resources Wales
  • Cymru|Wales NRW PlaceTales features folk tales and audio trails for many of the woodlands managed by Natural Resources Wales. These include several different tales in Coed y Brenin Forest Park:

Both apps are available free of charge on Google Play for Android devices and the Appstore for Apple devices.  

As mobile phone network coverage can be limited in rural areas, we recommend that you download these apps before your visit.

Contact us

Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre
Dolgefeiliau
Dolgellau
Gwynedd
LL40 2HZ

Tel: 01341 440747

Email: coedybrenin@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk

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