Beddgelert Forest, near Porthmadog
Peaceful forest in the heart of Snowdonia National...
Gateway to the famous Swallow Falls waterfall
The car park, picnic area and trail are open.
The viewpoint is closed.
Visiting our sites safely
We are working hard to provide a safe and welcoming experience as our sites re-open.
Please take personal responsibility for your safety, making additional preparations ahead of your visit and abiding by the safety measures in place.
We have changed the normal route for some of our trails to help you maintain social distancing – please follow signs on site.
Gwydir Forest Park lies in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park.
Since Victorian times, generations of visitors have walked the woodland paths and fished the clear waters of the rivers here.
Today, waymarked walking trails allow visitors to explore this landscape of lakes, forests and mountains and to learn about its mining history.
There is also a mountain bike trail (which is graded red as it is only suitable for proficient riders), a forest garden and a waymarked walk to the famous Swallow Falls.
Between 1850 and 1919, lead and zinc mining dominated the area. The legacy of old engine-houses, waste tips and reservoirs are characteristic features of the forest landscape today.
Nearly all of the lakes in the forest were created to serve the mines.
Several of the most important mines have been partially restored and made safe for visitors.
Nowadays, as you explore the extensive, rolling upland of wooded knolls, lakes and pastures, you will find it difficult to imagine that this was once a derelict industrial landscape.
Gwydir Forest Park covers an area of over 72 square kilometres (28 square miles) and it encircles the village of Betws-y-Coed.
Waymarked walks start from the following parts of Gwydir Forest Park:
The Marin Trail, a red graded mountain bike trail with big climbs and singletrack only descents, starts from Sawbench.
Ty’n Llwyn means “house in the grove” in Welsh and it is a great place to enjoy a picnic with a view at one of the tables around the car park.
It is also the starting point for a walk through woodland to the famous Swallow Falls waterfall.
The walking trail is waymarked and starts from the car park.
2¼ miles, 3.6 kilometres
The Swallow Falls Trail goes to a viewpoint over this famous waterfall. It descends through a woodland before it reaches the viewpoint where there is a bench. The path then winds its way up through trees and rocky outcrops to another viewpoint with a fantastic view down the valley.
Ty’n Llwyn is 3½ miles west of Betws-y-Coed on a minor road off the A5.
Car parking is free of charge.
Take the A5 towards Capel Curig. Go past past the Cae'n y Coed car park and turn right onto the narrow minor road immediately before the Ugly House (Tŷ Hyll). The small car park is 1 mile up this road, on the right.
Ty’n Llwyn is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map OL 17.
The OS grid reference is SH 765 583.
The nearest train station is in Betws y Coed. For details of public transport visit www.traveline.cymru
Tel: 0300 065 3000