Beddgelert Forest, near Porthmadog
Peaceful forest in the heart of Snowdonia National...
Two mountain bike trails and historical walk with valley views
Our sites and most visitor facilities are open but, under the current coronavirus restrictions in Wales, this is intended only for the use of people who live locally.
You are strongly advised – in line with current Welsh Government regulations – not to drive to any of our sites to exercise unless you have specific health or mobility issues.
We have changed the normal route for some of our trails to help you maintain social distancing – please follow signs on site.
Sawbench is the starting point for a short walking trail and two mountain bike trails.
The walking trail takes in historical features and has views over the Conwy Valley and Llanrwst.
The mountain bike trails include the classic Gwydir Mawr and a shorter, bitesize option Gwydir Bach.
The walking trail is waymarked from start to finish.
Look out for the information panel at the start of the trail.
This short historical walk has several viewpoints giving glimpses of the old market town of Llanrwst.
The walk is named after one of two Lady Marys from the Wynn family who bought the land and built up the historic Gwydir Estate.
The walk takes in two sculptures by local artists, one of which is a memorial to the old Llanrwst Town Hall.
All our mountain bike trails are waymarked from start to finish and have been graded for difficulty.
At the start of the trails there is an information panel – please read this before setting off.
Gwydir Bach is the little sister to its bigger brother, Gwydir Mawr.
Two big climbs earn you arguably the best descents of the whole trail, all wrapped up in one easy to digest, bitesize chunk.
Gwydir Mawr is one of the original mountain bike trails and is a true classic.
Big climbs, big descents, brilliant singletrack and truly awesome scenery make this a trail to remember.
Now including a brand new two kilometre section with a mix of traditional hand dug trail and modern flow trail features.
You can also start Gwydir Mawr from Hafna car park.
Sawbench 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 walks start from several Natural Resources Wales car parks in Gwydir Forest Park.
Two red graded mountain bike trails, Gwydir Mawr and Gwydir Bach, start from the car parks at Sawbench and Hafna.
Sawbench is 1 mile west of Llanrwst.
It is in the county of Conwy.
Sawbench is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map OL 17.
The OS grid reference is SH 790 609.
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.
Take the first forest road on the left signposted Sawbench/Mainc Llifio.
The nearest mainline railway station is in Llanrwst.
For details of public transport go to the Traveline Cymru website.
Car parking is free of charge.