Welcome to Coed y Brenin Forest Park
Set within Snowdonia National Park,Coed y Brenin Forest Park is one of Natural Resources Wales’ premier recreation sites. If you fancy trying some exciting outdoor activities, Coed y Brenin Forest Park has everything from challenging orienteering routes & geocaching to world-class mountain biking trails. Alternatively if you need to unwind you can take one of the waymarked walks. Try either a gentle, all ability trail down to the river with the chance of seeing an elusive otter or go over the hill to the next valley to see the beautiful waterfalls and abandoned gold mine. Stop and have your lunch at one of the numerous picnic sites and enjoy the tranquillity of the River Eden or dramatic views of Cadair Idris.
Eryri / Snowdonia Un Antur Fawr / One Big Adventure
Natural Resources Wales has got together with other outdoor activity providers in southern Snowdonia to form the Eryri Centre of Excellence - allowing us to tap into European funding to offer you even more things to enjoy in Coed y Brenin Forest Park.
Coed y Brenin is growing.
Along with the new Intermediate blue MinorTaur mountain bike trail and a new mountain bike skills area, Y Ffowndri, we have extended our café, bike shop and information centre to provide an even better service for Coed y Brenin's visitors. This includes a new focal information point and gift shop, relocated bike shop, and new multi-purpose space for extending cafe seating when busy, or meetings when quieter.
A Premier Cycle Outlet.
The bike shop will offer a wider range of bikes for hire to match the new trails
while a new repair shop and space for retail, bikes, clothing and accessories
will make Coed y Brenin a premier cycle outlet. The business will also offer courses in mountain biking skills as well as a series of cycling events.
Greener by Design
The new building will showcase the best of Welsh timber and design with some
innovative timber construction techniques. We have designed the building to use the least amount of lighting and heating by clever use of natural light and lots of insulation. Building Contracts were won by competitive tender by Architype as the Architects, Pochins Construction as the main contractors and Williams Homes as the main sub contractor.
Although the construction works looked quite dramatic during the build phase, the completed facilities complements the existing building and is not too intrusive. The information and shop area follows the natural curve of the existing building. A quarter of the bike shop is constructed into the bank on the south of the building and will be clad in Larch.
The additional revenue generated by providing more, year round attractions at Coed y Brenin will help cover the running costs during the lean, winter season. This will enable us to attract more visitors to the area throughout the year and support local tourism businesses such as accommodation and hospitality providers. By providing high quality conference facilities we hope that delegates will decide to seek accommodation locally. The new MtB. trials and skills park will encourage repeat visits and for riders to take “mini breaks” and stay in the area.
Also the innovative timber technologies will benefit the Welsh timber and constructions industries as they will enable home grown timber to be used structurally throughout the building.
Mountain Bikers make up around 50% of all our visitors at Coed y Brenin and we are now attracting a whole range of visitors taking part in activities such as trail running, orienteering, geocaching, walking or just coming to enjoy the fantastic views from the café.
Coed y Brenin made its name as Britain's first purpose-built mountain bike centre. If you haven’t brought your bike with you it's not a problem as there is a bike hire facility on site with an extensive range of bikes though it is advisable to book in advance.
Not just mountain biking!
At the Visitor Centre you will meet one of the Natural Resources Wales Rangers who will be able to direct you to some of the other attractions in the Forest Park. Check out:
- the colossal 'Kings Guards' Douglas fir trees along the Kings' Guards Trail from Ty’n y Groes car park.
- the Copper Trail from Glasdir car park
- the Forest Garden Discovery Trail from Pandy car park
- the Waterfalls and Goldmines trail from Tyddyn Gwladys car park
- try out our new audio trails
- all ability trails from Pont Llam yr Ewig, Pandy/Forest Garden and Ty'n y Groes car parks
Something for the kids
The children won’t be bored either with three playgrounds to choose from including a "free play" area where they can make dens and dam streams.
Award winning Coed y Brenin visitor centre has some pretty good green credentials:
- locally sourced timber in the building.
- wood-chip heating
- water pumped from its own borehole by solar panels
- no-flush urinals saving water
- Insulation from recycled newspapers
- passive solar gain from the huge south facing windows