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image for Orienteering item typePont-y-Pair at Gwydir Forest Park (NRW)

Walking Route, free entry

Gwydr Forest Park

Gwydr Forest Park

Gwydr Forest Park

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A forest of giants and a trails gateway.

The giant Douglas fir trees around Betws y Coed were planted as saplings in the 1920s and now weigh over 10 tonnes each.

Explore the surrounding ancient and varied landscape on three Natural Resources Wales waymarked trails that start from this end of Betws y Coed. They take you up through forested hillsides, past mines, lakes, meadows, cliffs and streams.

To find the start of the trails follow the tarmac road out beyond the car park, heading west (away from Betws y Coed centre) for 150m, then take the first tarmac road on your right for 180m to a sharp bend. The four walks are waymarked from this bend are.

Cyrau Trail 1.4 miles, 2.4 kilometres
The Cyrau Trail climbs through some majestic Douglas firs to give a stunning view over Betws-y-Coed. The path returns to the village along an avenue-like forest road with trees growing either side.

Pen yr Allt Trail 4.3 miles, 7 kilometres.
The Pen yr Allt Trail is a circular route through shady fir forests and upland meadows. The path passes abandoned mines and offers breathtaking views of the ever dominant Moel Siabod and the Conwy Valley. It returns along the River Llugwy (if there has been a lot of rain, the river may flood part of this path and you should follow the diversion).

Llyn Parc Trail 6 miles, 10 kilometres.
The Llyn Parc Trail sets off along an old miners' path and goes past the ruins of Aberllyn Mine. After reaching the lake, it continues along the shore before passing a small waterfall on its way back to the village.

Llyn Elsi Trail 3.6 miles, 5.9 kilometres.
The Llyn Elsi Trail starts on the forest road behind St Mary’s Church in Betws-y-Coed. Follows this road to woodland where the route is then waymarked to Llyn Elsi. The path goes around the lake with views of the island that supports nesting seagulls and geese.

Directions:

Pont y Pair is in the centre of the village of Betws-y-Coed which is at the junction of the A5 and the A470.

Pont y Pair car park is operated by Conwy County Borough Council. There is a parking charge.

Public Transport:

The nearest train station is in Betws y Coed.

The OS grid reference is SH 795 566.

Picnic sitePublic toilets

Children welcomeDogs 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
  • 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.