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About Gwydyr

A forest of lakes and mountains in the heart of Snowdonia
Gwydyr 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.

Gwydyr 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 Gwydyr 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. Gwydyr Forest now extends over 7,250 ha, including 4,900 ha of productive woodland. Gwydyr 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.

How to get there:

Betws- Y- Coed is the nearest town or village.

Minor road East off the A470 in Llanrwst.

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

OS Grid Reference: SH 794 611
For details of public transport visit

Start your visit from:

Ty'n Llwyn
St Mary's Church
Cae'n y Coed
Llyn Geirionydd
Saw Bench
Gwydyr Uchaf
Llyn Crafnant
Mixed landscape autumn view Gwydyr Forest Park


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horse riding

Open Access - Beddgelert Forest; Gwydyr Forest apart from Coed Celyn, Soflen, Moel y Ci & Braichmelyn :PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS HEAVY MOUNTAIN BIKE USAGE IN GWYDYR NORTH:Also Open Access through Gwydyr South and Hafod Fawr, but no parking provision. The best access points for unboxing are Gwydyr Uchaf, Cae’n y Coed, Sarnau, Hafna, Pont Cae Groes and Beddgelert. For more information about horse riding in this area please see the links under related pages on the right.


Gareth G. Jones