Beddgelert Forest, near Porthmadog
Peaceful forest in the heart of Snowdonia National...
Picnic site by the rolling Mawddach river and gateway to the Waterfalls and Goldmines Trail
The car park and trail here will be open from 6 July.
Visiting our sites safely
We are working hard to provide a safe and welcoming experience as our sites re-open.
Please take personal responsibility for your safety, making additional preparations ahead of your visit and abiding by the safety measures in place.
We have changed the normal route for some of our trails to help you maintain social distancing – please follow signs on site.
Unfortunately the Waterfalls and Goldmines Trail is currently unsuitable for pushchairs and mobility scooters.
Tyddyn Gwladys is the gateway to the famous Rhaeadr Mawddach and Pistyll Gain falls.
There is a circular walking trail past the waterfalls and the Gwynfynydd goldmine which closed in 1999.
In the car park, there are picnic tables under large trees beside the rolling Mawddach river.
Download more information about Tyddyn Gwladys.
The walking trail is waymarked and starts from the car park.
Highlights: The waterfalls alone make this walk worthwhile.
Distance: 2¼ miles, 3.7 kilometres
Trail description: Follow the forest road north along the river Mawddach in a steep-sided valley surrounded by big trees, towards the waterfalls. Follow the waymarkers along the east side of the river and cross the timber bridge back to the car park.
The trail is nearly all on forest road with one section of very rough private track before you get to the waterfalls and one steep but short climb 20%/1 in 5 after leaving them.
There are no steps or stiles and the trail is suitable for pushchairs and mobility scooters.
On this trail there are two benches, one picnic table and two gates with passing places 80cm wide.
More information: walk card and audio trail
Tyddyn Gwladys car park is just off the A470, near the village of Ganllwyd.
The OS grid reference is SH 734 262.
Car parking is free of charge.
From the south: Take the A470 north from Dolgellau. After passing through the village of Ganllwyd, turn right just after the school. Follow this minor road over a stone bridge and continue following the road on the right with the river Mawddach below. The Tyddyn Gwladys car park is on the right at the end of the tarmac road after about 1.5 kilometres (you will pass the Pont Cae'n y Coed car park on the way).
From the north: Take the A470 south from Coed y Brenin Forest Park Visitor Centre. On reaching the village of Ganllwyd turn sharp left immediately after the 40mph speed limit sign. Follow this minor road over a stone bridge and continue following the road on the right with the river Mawddach below. The Tyddyn Gwladys car park is on the right at the end of the tarmac road after about 1.5 kilometres (you will pass the Pont Cae'n y Coed car park on the way).
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
Coed y Brenin Forest Park offers visitors the total woodland experience within Snowdonia National Park.
There is 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.
As well as the trails that start here at Tyddyn Gwladys, the main car parks with facilities for visitors within Coed y Brenin Forest Park are:
Coed y Brenin Forest Park Visitor Centre
Tel: 01341 440747