Beddgelert Forest, near Porthmadog
Peaceful forest in the heart of Snowdonia National...
Enjoy views of Snowdonia’s peaks and a walk along a Roman road
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.
The village of Dolwyddelan is in the southern part of Gwydir Forest Park.
It grew into a large community when the nearby slate quarries were at their peak.
Nowadays it offers visitors a chance to get off the beaten track within Snowdonia National Park.
The waymarked walking trail has great views of the head of the valley and across to the mountain of Moel Siabod.
The route follows part of the Sarn Helen Roman road, used by legions of Roman soldiers marching between the fort at Caerhun and their large camp at Trawsfynydd.
There is a picnic area by the footbridge over the river, halfway along the walking trail.
The walking trail is waymarked from start to finish.
Look out for the information panel at the start of the trail.
Take in a great view of the head of the valley and across to Moel Siabod.
The trail climbs gradually through the village and up a forest road with the Cwm opening up before you.
At the bridge admire the views of the rugged Carreg Alltrem, popular with climbers.
You return to Dolwyddelan along the Sarn Helen Roman road, which ran north to south through Wales, and past an interpretation panel at Tai Penamnen which tells the story of a community which is long gone.
Dolwyddelan 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.
Dolwyddelan is 6 miles south west of Betws-y-coed.
It is in the county of Conwy.
Dolwyddelan is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map OL 18.
The OS grid reference for the start of the trail is SH 737 521.
Take the A470 from Betws-y-coed towards Blaenau Ffestiniog.
After approximately 6 miles turn left by the shop into the village of Dolwyddelan.
Continue along this road and then turn left into the railway station car park where the walking trail starts.
The nearest mainline railway station is in Dolwyddelan.
For details of public transport go to the Traveline Cymru website.
The walking trail starts from the car park at Dolwyddelan railway station.
This car park is managed by the local community and there is a parking charge.