Beddgelert Forest, near Porthmadog
Peaceful forest in the heart of Snowdonia National...
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Lead and zinc mining once dominated Gwydir Forest Park, which now lies in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park.
That industry is long gone but the remains of several mines have been partially restored and made safe for visitors.
You can walk through some of the old workings of Cyffty lead mine on our short walk.
The walking trail is waymarked from start to finish.
Look out for the information panel at the start of the trail.
Imagine the ringing sounds of the industry that once thrived here.
Walk over the covered mine shaft at the far point of the trail and look down between your feet into the dark.
Get the full story from the interpretive panels along the route.
Cyffty Mine is in Gwydir Forest Park.
Gwydir Forest Park lies in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park and encircles the village of Betws-y-coed.
Lead and zinc mining once dominated the area and the legacy of old engine-houses, waste tips and reservoirs are characteristic features of the forest landscape today.
Several of the most important mines have been partially restored and made safe for visitors.
Waymarked trails start from Betws-y-coed and several other Natural Resources Wales car parks in Gwydir Forest Park:
Gwydir Forest Park forms part of the National Forest for Wales.
The National Forest will:
In time it will form a connected ecological network running throughout Wales, bringing social, economic and environmental benefits.
For more information about the National Forest for Wales go to the Welsh Government website.
Cyffty Mine is 2½ miles south west of Llanrwst.
It is in the county of Conwy.
Cyffty Mine is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map OL 17.
The OS grid reference for the start of the trail is SH 772 589.
Take the B5106 from Llanrwst towards Betws-y-coed.
After turning left at the brown and white sign for Gwydir Castle, turn immediately right onto a minor road.
Go past the Sawbench car park, continue past the Hafna car park and the Llyn Sarnau car park, and the Cyffty Mine car park is on your left.
The nearest mainline railway station is in Llanrwst.
For details of public transport go to the Traveline Cymru website.
Parking is free of charge.
Overnight parking is not permitted.