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Southern Snowdonia on your Bike! (Day 1)

Fancy a day in one of Wales’s largest forest parks? Where there is something for everyone in the family. If you have never heard of Coed-y-Brenin then make it an essential destination for your holiday in Mid-Wales!

National Rail train times are for Mondays to Fridays based on timetables from 8 December 2018. Bus times are for Mondays to Fridays (excluding Bank Holidays) as of December 2017. The Ffestiniog Railway train runs from 26 March to 2 November 2018.

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Coed-y-Brenin is situated just north of Dolgellau in Southern Snowdonia. It is not directly served by a train station, however a bus service does connect it to the Conwy Valley and Cambrian Coast railway lines. Either railway line is a journey not to be missed, as it travels through some of the most scenic parts of Wales.

Why not leave the slate capital of Wales behind and head south to the forest. The 08.45 bus from Blaenau Ffestiniog (Service 35) will drop you at the entrance to Coed-y-Brenin in a little over half an hour; the walk up to the Visitor Centre is about half a mile. Got your own bike? No problem... There are a number of cycle trails which pass through Coed-y-Brenin anyway, including the popular Mawddach trail or NCN route 82.

Not only is this the home of mountain biking, but it is a Mecca for walking and fun activities for the family too. There are a variety of themed cycle and walking trails for varying abilities and those designed for families too! If you are a seasoned pro then how about the exhilarating "Beast" trail. Not for the faint hearted!
Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre

Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre at Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre (NRW)

Coed y Brenin visitor centre is the gateway to Coed y Brenin Forest Park. Try world-class mountain bike trails, family walks, café, cycle shop, all-ability play area and an easy access trail.
 
Waterfalls and Goldmines Trail

Waterfalls and Goldmines Trail at Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre (NRW)

The Waterfalls and Goldmine trail starts from the Tyddyn Gwladys car park and picnic site deep in the heart of the Forest Park. OS Grid Reference: SH 716 277
 
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Puzzle Trail at Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre (NRW)

The Animal Puzzle Trail starts from the Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre and you can collect a leaflet from there on your arrival or download a copy before your visit from Coed y Brenin's web link.
 
Beast Mountain

Beast Mountain Bike Trail at Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre (NRW)

This is the trail everyone aspires to ride. It's long, it's tough, it will stretch you physically, mentally and has left many broken souls! OS Grid Reference: SH 725 272
 

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Hungry after all that travelling? Thought you would be! The visitor centre houses a cafe which is the perfect place to prepare yourself for the ride ahead.
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Cafe at Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre (NRW)

Coed y Brenin cafe is the ideal spot to recharge yourself after being out in the forest. Take in the views down the valley to the Cader Idris range. We pride ourselves in using the best locally produced and healthy food for our menus.
 

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Enjoyed your day? Great. There is bus at 16.30 (Service 35 from the main road) which can take you back up to Blaenau Ffestiniog.

However if you want to make a day of it, then why not take a 20 minute bus journey down to Dolgellau. There is a bus at 15.08 (Service T2) or at 15.54 (Service 35); you need to walk down to the main road for these buses.
 

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At Dolgellau, you can change for a choice of two buses. South of the Mawddach or north? Decisions, decisions... Well luckily there are a variety of places to stay along the estuary that can meet your requirements including Arthog, Fairbourne, Llwyngwril, Tywyn, Barmouth and Llanaber that are near to the Cambrian Coast railway for your return journey.

So if you choose south of the Mawddach, take the 16.20 Service 28 bus from Dolgellau (16.25 college holidays) which will take you to Arthog (arrive 16.39), Fairbourne (16.45), Llwyngwril (16.53) and Tywyn (17.17). For north of the Mawddach, the 16.22 Service 39 bus from Dolgellau goes to Barmouth (16.47) and Llanaber (16.51).
 

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Details of Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre at Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre (NRW)Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre at Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre (NRW)

Coed y Brenin visitor centre is the gateway to Coed y Brenin Forest Park. Try world-class mountain bike trails, family walks, café, cycle shop, all-ability play area and an easy access trail.

The Cafe uses the best locally produced and healthy food with bread and cakes from local bakers or from the cafe's own kitchen. Meat is supplied using local suppliers and venison burgers come from within Coed y Brenin Forest itself.

The Visitor Centre is the starting point for 8 mountain bike trails including MinorTaur (9km), Tarw Du (20.2km), Beast (35km) and other technical trails. Y Ffowndri, a skills area, is also present on site. All trails are waymarked. There are 4 way-marked walk trails ranging from 1 to 5 miles, and 5 waymarked running trails ranging from 1 mile to 13.5 miles 'half marathon'.

Audio trails are available so download onto your mobile phone and take with you when you walk around this beautiful forest area.

View key to symbolskeyAccepts groups Baby changing facilities Coach parties accepted Disabled toilets Facilities for conferencing Facilities for groups Gift shop On-site catering On-site light refreshments Picnic site Public toilets Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs acceptedFacilities for hearing impairedFacilities for visually impaired

Contact

Enquiries
Tel: 01341 440747

View the Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre websitewww.naturalresources.wales/coedybrenin
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Venue

Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre (NRW)

Ganllwyd, Dolgellau, Gwynedd, LL40 2HZ

LL40 2HZwww.naturalresources.wales/coedybrenin

Map reference: SH 723268
     Lat: 52.82356  Long: -3.89658
East off the A470, 8 miles North of Dolgellau just North of Ganllwyd, South of Trawsfynydd/Porthmadog. Follow the brown tourist signs.

Local public transport is available, however the nearest train station is Barmouth.

Cycle Network: NCN route 82, Lon Las (North) and Lon Las Cymru all pass through the centre.

www.traveline-cymru.info

www.sustrans.org.uk

Parking charges:
1 hour - £1
up 3 hours - £3.00
All day - £5.00
Blue Badge Parking is also available (4 bays in front of the centre)

Parking : with charge

Public Transport : 15 miles from Barmouth station

Coed y Brenin visitor centre The Visitor Centre has the following facilities: Toilets (including accessible toilets) Showers (in male, female and accessible rooms) Café (see above) Shop Information desk Picnic sites and BBQ There are a number of picnic tables around the main car parks within Coed y Brenin Forest Park plus many more on the waymarked walking trails. Some of the picnic tables have metal frames for holding disposable barbeques. There are also stone BBQ plinths in Glasdir and Ty'n y Groes picnic sites. Please ensure all fires are extinguished and tidied up after use.

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