Beddgelert Forest, near Porthmadog
Peaceful forest in the heart of Snowdonia National...
Easy-to-find picnic area and walk with panoramic mountain views
The Craig Forris Walk and upper picnic area in the car park is closed due to forestry operations.
Our sites and most visitor facilities are open but, under the current coronavirus restrictions in Wales, this is intended only for the use of people who live locally.
You are strongly advised – in line with current Welsh Government regulations – not to drive to any of our sites to exercise unless you have specific health or mobility issues.
We have changed the normal route for some of our trails to help you maintain social distancing – please follow signs on site.
Cae’n y Coed is a large picnic site near Betws-y-coed on the A5.
There are tables around the parking area and plenty of space for children to play.
The hillside above the car park is home to a “forest garden” which was planted with trees from around the world in the 1930s.
Follow our waymarked walking trail past the forest garden and to a viewpoint to enjoy a stunning mountain panorama with Moel Siabod flanked by the Carneddau mountains.
The walking trail is waymarked from start to finish.
Look out for the information panel at the start of the trail.
The steep climb at the start of the walk is worth the effort as you pick your way through some impressive and unusual trees in the old arboretum.
You’ll catch glimpses of the Llugwy Valley as you climb, but these views are just a taster.
On top of a knoll, you will find a bench with a wonderful panoramic view across to Moel Siabod, the Carneddau mountains, and, on a clear day, the top of Tryfan.
Cae'n y Coed is in Gwydir Forest Park.
Gwydir Forest Park lies in the heart of the 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 walks start from several Natural Resources Wales car parks in Gwydir Forest Park.
Two red graded mountain bike trails, Gwydir Mawr and Gwydir Bach, start from the car parks at Sawbench and Hafna.
Cae’n y Coed is two miles west of Betws-y-coed.
It is in the county of Conwy.
Cae’n y Coed is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map OL 17.
The OS grid reference is SH 763 576.
Take the A5 from Betws-y-coed towards Capel Curig and the car park is on the left just after the main entrance to Swallow Falls.
The nearest mainline railway station is in Betws-y-coed.
For details of public transport go to the Traveline Cymru website.
Car parking is free of charge.