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image for Forest or Woodland item typeGwydir Forest Park at Gwydir Forest Park (NRW)

Forest or Woodland, free entry

Gwydr Forest Park

Gwydr Forest Park

Gwydr Forest Park

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Discover a forest of lakes and mountains in the heart of Snowdonia - with lots of scenic walks

Gwydir Forest Park is home to the celebrated landscapes of lakes, forests and mountains to the generations of visitors who have walked the woodland paths and fished the clear waters of the Conwy, Llugwy, Lledr and Machno rivers since Victorian times.

Gwydir Forest ranges across the hills on Snowdonia's eastern flank. High wooded ramparts rise steeply from the level pastures of the Conwy valley, enfolding Betws-y-Coed, and creating a dramatic setting for the town of Llanrwst and nearby Gwydir castle.

Above and beyond the valley slopes lies an extensive, rolling upland of wooded knolls, lakes and pastures, which stretches to the jagged Clogwyn-yr- Eryr ridge above Llyn Crafnant, and to the dominant outline of Moel Siabod.

A forest with an industrial pedigree

Lead and zinc mining dominated the area between 1850 and 1919. The legacy of old engine-houses, waste tips and reservoirs are characteristic features of the forest landscape today and several of the most important mines have been partially restored and made safe for visitors. Gwydir Forest now extends over 7,250 ha, including 4,900 ha of productive woodland. Gwydir attracts thousands of visitors who walk the paths, study wildlife, cycle, climb, fish, orienteer, or merely enjoy the calm of these timeless woodlands.

Tracks, old miners’ paths, cycle trails and long-established forest walks make this forest a delight to explore. You can get full details of all the waymarked routes in this app.

Accessible toilets at Llyn Geirionydd and Crafnant car parks.

Picnic sitePublic toilets

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs accepted

The Gwydir Forest can be accessed from eight different car parks and locations. Most of which are close to refreshment places and toilets. 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.

Open all the time

Prices

Free entry

Contact

Enquiries

0300 065 3000

Address

Nr Betws- Y- Coed,
Conwy,
LL24 0AA

Location

Directions

Plan route to Gwydir Forest Park (NRW) using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SH 794611  Lat: 53.13384 Long: -3.80334

Minor road East off the A470 in Llanrwst.

Various access points off the A5 between Capel Curig and Betws y Coed.

OS Grid Reference: SH794611

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport

Facilities

  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

The Gwydir Forest can be accessed from eight different car parks and locations. Most of which are close to refreshment places and toilets. 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.