Gogerddan Wood, near Aberystwyth

Woodland walk with carpets of bluebells in spring

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Coronavirus update


Our sites and most visitor facilities are open.


We have changed the normal route for some of our trails to help you maintain social distancing – please follow signs on site.



Just a short drive from Aberystwyth, Gogerddan is an easy to find picnic site with a woodland walk.

The car park and picnic area are adjacent to an ancient woodland, once part of the wealthy lead-mining Gogerddan estate.

The estate was broken up in the 1940s and the mansion and other buildings are now home to one of the institutes of Aberystwyth University.

The woodland is home to some beautiful old trees including oak, sweet chestnut and lime which display an array of seasonal colours in autumn.

In spring, there is a stunning display of bluebells and other seasonal flowers.

The picnic site is in a sheltered location by Nant Clarach stream and the circular walking trail starts from the car park.

It is a fairly short walk but the steep climbs through the trees are rewarded with some lovely views.

Walking trail

The walking trail is waymarked and starts from the car park.

Gogerddan Trail

1½ miles/2.4 kilometres, moderate

Gogerddan Trail in autumn

The Gogerddan Trail climbs its way up through the woodland.

The route passes some beautiful veteran trees and, in spring, the woodland is
carpeted with bluebells.

There are many climbs and steep descents along the way and a wooden bench at the viewpoint overlooking the fields and hills.

Closures and diversions

  • 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

How to get here


Gogerddan is 3 miles north east of Aberystwyth.

It is in the county of Ceredigion.


Follow the A487 from Aberystwyth towards Machynlleth.

After 2½ miles, turn right for Penrhyncoch and continue straight over the crossroads. In ½ mile, the car park is on the left, after passing the large greenhouses.

Ordnance Survey map

Gogerddan woodland is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map 213.

The OS grid reference for the car park is SN 633 836.

Public transport

The nearest mainline railway station is in Aberystwyth.

The bus service from Aberystwyth to Penrhyncoch stops at the Aberystwyth University entrance, very near to Gogerddan woodland car park.

For details of public transport visit the Traveline Cymru website.


Parking is free of charge at this car park.

Contact details

0300 065 3000


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