Gwydir Forest Park - Cyffty Mine, near Llanrwst

What's here


Lead and zinc mining once dominated Gwydir Forest Park, which now lies in the heart of the Eryri (Snowdonia) National Park.

That industry is long gone but the remains of several mines have been partially restored and made safe for visitors.

You can walk through some of the old workings of Cyffty lead mine on our short walk.

Walking trail

The walking trail is waymarked from start to finish.

Look out for the information panel at the start of the trail.

Find out about walking trail grades.

Cyffty Mine Trail

  • Grade: Moderate
  • Distance: ¼ mile/0.5 kilometres
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Trail information: The walking trail is waymarked and starts from a lay-by (OS grid reference SH 772 589). The trail is generally level, varying from 50 cm - 1 m wide, surfaced in a natural rough stone with several short flights of steps linking the old machine houses, wheel pits and mine shafts. Please stay on the waymarked trail.

Imagine the ringing sounds of the industry that once thrived here.

Walk over the covered mine shaft at the far point of the trail and look down between your feet into the dark.

Get the full story from the interpretive panels along the route.

Gwydir Forest Park

Cyffty Mine is in Gwydir Forest Park.

Gwydir Forest Park lies in the heart of the Eryri (Snowdonia) National Park and encircles the village of Betws-y-coed.

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.

Waymarked trails start from Betws-y-coed and several other Natural Resources Wales car parks in Gwydir Forest Park:

  • Betws-y-coed - peaceful forest walks away from the tourist bustle
  • Cae'n y Coed - easy-to-find picnic area and walk with panoramic mountain views
  • Dolwyddelan - walking trail along Roman road and cycle trail with mountain views
  • Hafna - walking trail through lead mine ruins and red-graded mountain bike trail
  • Llyn Crafnant - walking trails around the lake and accessible riverside trail
  • Llyn Geirionydd - picnic site with walking trail around two beautiful lakes
  • Llyn Sarnau - picnic spot with a walk to two scenic lakes
  • Penmachno - remote mountain bike trails with spectacular views
  • Sawbench - two red-graded mountain bike trails and historical walk
  • Ty’n Llwyn – walking trail to the famous Swallow Falls waterfall

Eryri (Snowdonia) National Park

Gwydir Forest Park is set in Eryri (Snowdonia) National Park.

Eryri is the largest National Park in Wales and is home to picturesque towns and villages and the highest mountain in Wales.

It is looked after by the Eryri National Park Authority.

For more information about visiting Eryri go to the Eryri National Park Authority website.

National Forest for Wales

Gwydir Forest Park forms part of the National Forest for Wales.

The National Forest will:

  • create areas of new woodland
  • enhance existing woodlands
  • restore Wales’ irreplaceable ancient woodlands.

In time it will form a connected ecological network running throughout Wales, bringing social, economic and environmental benefits.

For more information about the National Forest for Wales go to the Welsh Government website.

Closures and diversions

  • Sometimes we need to close or divert trails for your safety whilst we undertake maintenance work or other operations.
  • 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 on site and any temporary diversion signs.

How to get here


Cyffty Mine is 2½ miles south west of Llanrwst.

It is in the county of Conwy.

Ordnance Survey map

Cyffty Mine is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map OL 17.

The OS grid reference for the start of the trail is SH 772 589.


Take the B5106 from Llanrwst towards Betws-y-coed.

After turning left at the brown and white sign for Gwydir Castle, turn immediately right onto a minor road.

Go past the Sawbench car park, continue past the Hafna car park and the Llyn Sarnau car park, and the Cyffty Mine car park is on your left.

Public transport

The nearest mainline railway station is in Llanrwst.

For details of public transport go to the Traveline Cymru website.


Parking is free of charge.

Overnight parking is not permitted.

Contact details

There are no staff at this location.

Contact our customer team for general enquiries during office hours, Monday to Friday.

Related document downloads

Cyffty Mine Trail guide PDF [336.4 KB]

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