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Cyffty Mine, near Betws y Coed

Short waymarked trail around the abandoned Cyffty mine site

Old workings of Cyffty Mine

What's here

Dogs welcome
Walking trail
***There is reduced car parking space for this walk due to ongoing engineering works near Cyffty Mine trail*** Due to ongoing engineering work on several reservoirs in Gwydir Forest, there is an increase in heavy traffic on some of the forest roads***


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 this short walk.

Walking trail

The walking trail is waymarked and starts from a layby (OS grid reference SH 772 589).

Cyffty Mine Trail

Distance: ⅓ mile/0.6 kilometres

Grade: Moderate

Highlights: 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.

Description: The trail is generally level, varying from 50cm-1m wide, surfaced in a natural rough stone with several short flights of steps linking the old machine houses, wheel pits and mine shafts. Please stay on the waymarked trail.

More information: walk card

Download more information about the Cyffty Mine Trail (walk card)

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

Cyffty Mine is 3 miles south west of Betws-y-Coed.

The walking trail starts from a lay-by on a minor road.


From the B5106 at Gwydir Castle: take the minor road into the forest, signposted for Geirionnydd. The layby at the start of the Cyffy Mine walk is on the left, after passing Llyn Sarnau car park.

From the A5 at Ugly House (Tŷ Hyll): take the minor road into the forest. The layby at the start of the Cyffy Mine walk is on the right, after Ty'n Llwyn car park.

Ordnance Survey map

Cyffty Mine is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map OL 17.

The OS grid reference for the start of the trail is SH 772 589.

Public transport

The nearest train station is in Betws y Coed.

For details of public transport visit Traveline Cymru's website.

Exploring Gwydir Forest Park

Gwydir Forest Park lies in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park.

It is the gateway to a landscape of woodlands, lakes and mountains familiar to generations of visitors since Victorian times.

Lead and zinc mining once dominated the area and the remains of several mines have been partially restored and made safe for visitors.

Whether you want to enjoy the bustle of Betws-y-coed, walk in the countryside, try a white-knuckle mountain bike ride, visit a waterfall or discover this area’s fascinating history, Gwydir has something for you.

As well as the walk at Cyffty Mine, waymarked walks start from these parts of Gwydir Forest Park:

  • Llyn Crafnant, near Llanwrst, three waymarked walks around the lake and one of the finest views in North Wales
  • Llyn Geirionnydd, near Llanwrst, the only lake in Snowdonia for power boats and water skiing
  • Cae'n y Coed, near Betws-y-Coed, a field in the woods with picnic spots and a forest garden
  • Ty'n Llwyn, near Betws-y-Coed, gateway to the famous Swallow Falls waterfall
  • Pont y Pair, Betws-y-Coed, a choice of peaceful forest walks away from the tourist bustle
  • Hafna, near Betws-y-Coed, a walking trail past the old mines of Gwydir
  • Llyn Sarnau, near Betws-y-Coed, a picnic spot with a walk to two hidden lakes
  • Sawbench, near Betws-y-Coed, starting point for a short historical walk overlooking Llanwrst and a red graded mountain bike trail
  • Dolwyddelan, near Betws-y-Coed ,views of Snowdonia’s peaks and a walk along a Roman road

Contact details

Tel: 0300 065 3000



Related document downloads

Cyffty Mine Trail guide PDF [202.9 KB]

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