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Pandy, Coed y Brenin Forest Park

A choice of routes through trees from all over the world in the forest garden, one of which is suitable for all abilities

Two women walking along a trail in Pandy at Coed y Brenin Forest Park

Welcome to Coed y Brenin Forest Park 

Coed y Brenin Forest Park offers visitors the total woodland experience within Snowdonia National Park.

The hills and woodlands that make up the forest park cover an area of some 9000 acres around the valleys of the rivers Mawddach, Eden, Gain and Wen.

There are a range of waymarked trails to cater for all tastes and fitness levels in the forest park. These include world-class mountain bike trails, family walks, running trails, geocaching and orienteering routes.

Exploring Coed y Brenin Forest Park

Coed y Brenin Forest Park Visitor Centre is the gateway to the forest park and the starting point for a range of walking, running and mountain biking trails. There is also a café, running shop and bike shop.

As well as the trails that start at the visitor centre, there are waymarked walking trails from these car parks in Coed y Brenin Forest Park:

  • Cae’n y Coed – start of the rugged Volcano Trail 
  • Tyddyn Gwladys – a picnic site by the rolling Mawddach river and gateway to the Waterfalls and Goldmines walk
  • Pandy – a choice of routes through trees from all over the world in the forest garden, one of which is suitable for all abilities (see below)
  • Glasdir – a picnic site with barbecue by the side of the delightful River Las and the main car park for the Glasdir walk to an old copper mine 
  • Pont Llam yr Ewig – a very small car park for disabled visitors only to access the all ability trail to Glasdir Copper Mine
  • Ty'n y Groes – riverside picnic area and gateway to an all-ability riverside walk and a rugged mountain trail with great views over Snowdonia

Pandy

The Pandy car park is the gateway to the Forest Garden Discovery Trail.

The forest garden is home to trees from all over the world and there are some fascinating facts about some of these trees on special signs in the garden. 

There is a separate car park at Pont Llam yr Ewig for disabled visitors with direct access to the all ability trail (see Accessibility Information).

Closures and diversions

Please note:

  • Sometimes we need to close or divert trails for your safety whilst we undertake maintenance work or forest operations
  • Occasionally we may have to close a site in extreme weather, such as high winds or snow and ice due to the risk of injury to visitors or staff
  • Please always follow any instructions onsite and make sure you follow any temporary diversion signs in place

Walking trail

The walking trail starts from the car park. You can explore the forest garden along any of the paths or follow our tree-facts posts for a suggested route.

Forest Garden Discovery Trail

Three quarters of a mile, 1.2 kilometres

Forest Garden Discovery Trail mapThe Forest Garden Discovery Trail starts at the welcome board by the bridge over the Afon Babi. It then crosses the bridge into the garden where you can discover our tree collection from all around the world.

The garden is crisscrossed with a series of formal and informal tracks, some steep and uneven, but there are no steps or stiles.

Download more information about the Forest Garden Discovery Trail

Accessibility information

There is a car park for use by disabled visitors only. 

The all ability trail starts from Pont Llam yr Ewig car park. 

The trail is built to all ability standards with an easy gradient and is suitable for wheelchair users.

All ability trail

A quarter of a mile, 350 metres

The trail crosses the bridge and follows the river through the lower part of the forest garden to a viewpoint overlooking the waterfall. Here you can hear the story of Pont-Llam-yr-Ewig – Bridge of the Stag’s Leap, using our special wind-up box. 

How to get here

Download the location map.

Pandy car park is just off the A470, near the village of Ganllwyd. 

The OS grid reference is SH 744 225.

Car parking is free of charge.

Directions

From the south: Take the A470 north from Dolgellau. About 200 metres after passing the Tyn y Groes Hotel, turn right following the brown tourist signs to Ty'n y Groes. Follow the tarmac road past the Ty’n y Groes picnic site for just over one kilometre. At a crossroads just after the Glasdir car park turn left uphill. Turn right at the next cross roads and cross a small bridge (Pont Llam yr Ewig). Go past the disabled car park on the left to the main Pandy car park another 150 metres up the hill on the left.

From the north: Take the A470 south towards Dolgellau.  After passing through Ganllwyd village, turn left following the brown tourist signs to Ty'n y Groes. Follow the tarmac road past the Ty’n y Groes picnic site for just over one kilometre. At a crossroads just after the Glasdir car park turn left uphill. Turn right at the next cross roads and cross a small bridge (Pont Llam yr Ewig). Go past the disabled car park on the left to the main Pandy car park another 150 metres up the hill on the left.

Disabled car park: Follow directions as above. The Pont Llam yr Ewig disabled visitors only car park is on the left over the stone bridge before reaching the main Pandy car park.

Public transport

The nearest train stations are in Barmouth (Cambrian Coast line) and Blaenau Ffestiniog (Blaenau Ffestiniog-Llandudno line). For details of public transport visit www.traveline.cymru

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Contact details

Coed y Brenin Forest Park Visitor Centre

Tel: 01341 440747

Email: coedybrenin@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk

Related document downloads

Coed y Brenin Location map PDF [1.5 MB]

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