New woodland trail the perfect way to walk off those calories

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A new woodland trail offering breathtaking views along the Mawddach Estuary could be the perfect answer for anyone wishing to walk off all those unwanted Christmas calories.

The waymarked Coed y Garth trail is just under five kilometres long and was installed in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park by Forestry Commission Wales.

The trail takes walkers up onto the hillside above the valley and adds an extra dimension to the Mawddach Trail, which runs along the route of the old railway line beside the estuary.

It meanders in a figure of eight loop through an area of Assembly Government forest which is being restored to broadleaved woodland by FC Wales following the removal of large areas of conifers which were planted as a strategic timber reserve after the first world war.

FC Wales Recreation Manager Graeme Stringer said, “The new trail offers stunning panoramic views up the estuary to the mountains of Meirionnydd and down river to the estuary mouth at Barmouth.

“It’s an ideal trail to explore as the new year approaches and the excesses of the festive season need exercising away!”

The trail’s elevated position above the estuary enables walkers to see right across to Diffwys looming 2,500ft above the valley and all the way down to the wooden railway bridge spanning the gap at the estuary mouth.

The forest walk can only be accessed on foot or on bicycle from the Mawddach trail in the Snowdonia National Park (SNP). The entrance is 4.5km from the SNP car parks at Penmaenpool or Morfa Mawddach, which can be accessed from the A493 running from Dolgellau to Fairbourne.

Graeme said, “This area of woodland has always struggled with issues of recreation access as there are no obvious car parking facilities, so it’s been great to work with the Snowdonia National Park Authority who have allowed us to cross their land from the very popular Mawddach Trail.

“We can now showcase the oak woodland restoration work which we have been undertaking for the past few years and give visitors and locals alike access to views of this magnificent estuary which they haven’t been able to appreciate before.”

Snowdonia National Park Authority Area Warden Gethin Corps said,

“Snowdonia National Park is one of the most beautiful places in the world and we were delighted to work with Forestry Commission Wales to offer visitors new views of this breathtaking scenery.”

Further information on the new trail, along with directions, can be found on the FC Wales website at


About 14 per cent of Wales is covered by woodlands. Of this, 38% (126,000 hectares/311,000 acres) is owned by the Welsh Assembly Government.

Forestry Commission Wales is the Welsh Assembly Government’s department of forestry and manages these woodlands on its behalf.

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