Gwydir Forest Park | Hafna Walks(NRW)

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Gwydir Forest Park lies in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park and encircles the village of Betws-y-coed. The Gwydir hillsides are riddled with tunnels and hollowed out caverns where generations of miners toiled to extract lead and zinc ore. Lead and zinc mining once dominated the area and the legacy of old engine-houses, waste tips and reservoirs are characteristic features of the forest landscape today. Several of the most important mines have been partially restored and made safe for visitors.

Gwydir Forest Park Walking Trails

The Hafna car park is set at the foot of the ruins of the old Hafna lead mine and is the gateway to two walking trails.

The Hafna Miners' Trail 2 miles, 3.6 kilometres.
This trail threads its way across forest-clad hillsides, passing deep cuttings, capped mine shafts, tunnel entrances and long abandoned mills where the rock was processed. The occasional views are worth the walk offering a contrast between the past hard working industrial landscape and the peaceful beauty that now dominates.

Look out for the panels and MP3 audio trail posts along the way that tell the story of the mines and the men who worked there.

Conwy Valley View Trail 1.3 miles, 2.2 kilometres.
This trail goes past derelict mining buildings and numerous tunnels and spoil heaps. The viewpoint looks over the market town of Llanrwst, the wind turbines on the hills behind, and down the Conwy valley to the sea beyond.

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  • Picnic site


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Public toilets

Map & Directions

Road Directions

From the B5106 at Gwydir Castle, take the minor road into the forest, signposted for Geirionnydd. Hafna car park is on the right. From the A5 at Ty Hyll (ugly house), take the minor road into the forest. Hafna car park is on the left, after passing Llyn Sarnau car park.  The OS Grid Ref is SH 780 600.


Public Transport Directions

The nearest train station is in Llanrwst.

Gwydir Forest Park | Hafna Walks(NRW)

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Gwydir Forest Park (NRW), Betws- Y- Coed, Conwy, LL24 0AA

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Gwydir Forest Park (NRW), Betws-y-CoedGwydir 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

Llyn Elsi Trail, Betws-y-CoedGateway to a giant's head and stunning lake St. Mary’s Church (Eglwys Santes Fair) is the starting point for two great walks into the surrounding woods, lakes and mountains. OS Grid Reference: SH 795 565

Gwydir Forest Park | Walking Routes (NRW), Betws-y-CoedGwydir 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.

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