Coed Y Brenin

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THE ANIMAL PUZZLE TRAIL (1 mile, 1.6 kilometres)
This easy 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 from Coed y Brenin's web link. All of the animals can be found on the Afon Eden Riverside Trail which starts right outside the door of the visitor centre and meanders on a pushchair friendly all-ability path down to a riverside picnic site.

AFON EDEN TRAIL (1 mile, 1.6 kilometres)
The blue accessible trail is a linear two-way well-surfaced 2 metre wide route. It is suitable for wheelchairs with a gradient of no more than 10% (1 in 10). There are resting points at least every 100 metres. When following the yellow loop, you will climb back to the forest road and towards the visitor centre on an easy gradient of no more than 17% (1 in 6) through an area of young oak, rowan, birch and beech. This section is suitable for pushchairs with resting benches at least every 150 metres. There are no steps or stiles along the whole trail.

Follow the accessible trail down through woodlands to the riverside picnic site where the Afon Eden river rushes over the rocks. Pick up an animal puzzle trail leaflet from the visitor centre and let younger visitors follow the clues. You can also download an MP3 audio trail and listen to the story of the forest’s wildlife and history.

CEFNDEUDDWR TRAIL (¾ mile, 1.3 kilometres)
This is a well-surfaced 1.5 metre wide trail suitable for pushchairs. There are no steps or stiles. You will gradually climb the hillside with a gradient of no more than 12% (1 in 8). There are resting benches at least every 150 metres. Try this beautiful route for all the family to the Cefndeuddwr viewpoint and picnic area. From there, take in the panoramic views to Y Garn and the Rhinogydd mountains.

OS Grid Reference: SH 725 268

GAIN WATERFALL TRAIL (4 miles, 6.6 kilometres)
The trail is on a combination of forest roads and steep narrow paths, often less than 50 centimetres wide in places, on an unmade, uneven surface, where you can expect mud, rocks and tree roots. On your descent to the Gwynfyndd goldmine the trail has loose stones underfoot, look out for the information post before reaching this section. Stout footwear is recommended. This trail is not suitable for wheeled buggies.

The Gain Waterfall Trail climbs over the Cefndeuddwr ridge before dropping into the next valley and descending to the confluence of the Afon Gain and Afon Mawddach rivers with their twin waterfalls. This is a tough circular walk that follows a combination of forest roads and steep footpaths on an unmade and uneven surface.

Please stay on the waymarked trails as the old mine workings and buildings may be unsafe and there are unprotected drops into the river gorges.

OS Grid Reference: SH 725 272

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Guide Prices

Car parking charges for the visitor centre are:
Up to one hour £1.00
Up to three hours £3.00
All day £5.00

Blue Badge Parking is also available (3 bays in front of the centre)



  • Disabled toilets


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Baby changing facilities


  • Facilities for groups

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for conferencing


  • EV Charging
  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Coed y Brenin Forest Park is located east off the A470, 8 miles north of Dolgellau near Trawsfynydd. Follow the brown tourist signs.

Local public transport is available and the nearest train station is Barmouth | Public transport Information -
NCN Cycle Network: NCN route 82, Lon Las (North) and Lon Las Cymru all pass through the centre - NCN Information on


There are two charging points for electric vehicles in the car park.
There is a cycle rack in the car park.
Overnight parking is not permitted.

You are charged for the length of time you park at Coed y Brenin visitor centre.

The charges are:
£2 for 2 hours
40p for every additional 20 minutes (maximum £7 per day)
£40 for 12 month season ticket (on sale at the visitor centre reception).
When you are ready to leave enter your vehicle registration into one of the machines in the car park and pay the parking charge by card or cash.

FREE PARKING (local residents and blue badge holders)
Car parking is free if you live within the LL40 or LL41 postcode or the neighbouring villages of Arthog, Cutiau, Cardeon, Corris and Tal-y-Llyn or if you are a blue badge holder. Take your vehicle log book (V5 document) or blue badge to the visitor centre welcome desk to register for free parking.

Accessible by Public Transport: Barmouth station is 15 miles away.

Coed y Brenin | Walking Trails (NRW)

Type:Walking Route

Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre (NRW), Ganllwyd, Dolgellau, Gwynedd, LL40 2HZ

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Opening Times

* Saturday and Sunday 9.00am to 5pm

Winter opening times: 9.30am - 4.30pm from Monday to Friday
Saturdays and Sunday 9.00am to 4.30pm


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