Cae'n y Coed, near Betws-y-Coed
A field in the woods with picnic spots and a forest...
Short waymarked trail around the abandoned Cyffty mine site
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.
The walking trail is waymarked and starts from a layby (OS grid reference SH 772 589).
Distance: ⅓ mile/0.6 kilometres
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
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.
Cyffty Mine is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map OL 17.
The OS grid reference for the start of the trail is SH 772 589.
The nearest train station is in Betws y Coed.
For details of public transport visit Traveline Cymru's website.
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:
Tel: 0300 065 3000
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