This large forest is located near the village of Beddgelert in the Snowdonia National Park. In it you will find miles of walking paths and great mountain bike trails. There are great views towards Snowdon and a nice path around the lovely Llyn Llewellyn. The Welsh Highland Railway also runs through the forest so look out for the fine steam trains as you go.
This circular route starts from the car park just off the A4085 but you could also start from the nearby village. You can hire bikes there at Beddgelert Bikes. You can also pick up trail maps. The cycle routes are all waymarked so you can find your way easily.
The forest is also great for walkers with miles of good tracks taking you through the attractive conifer woodland.
Beddgelert Forest Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Beddgelert Forest Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Beddgelert Forest OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Beddgelert Forest Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Hebog Cafe & Bistro is a great place to head for refreshments after your exercise. The food is excellent and there's also a lovely river terrace to sit out and enjoy the surrounding mountainous scenery in the summer months. You can find it in the centre of Beddgelert on Caernarfon Road, with postcode LL55 4UY for your sat navs.
Also near Beddgelert is the excellent Caffi Gwynant. The cafe offers a wide range of foods prepared using local produce, daily specials, homemade cakes and desserts, local ales and free wi-fi. There's also an impressive outdoor glass canopy which is dog friendly. You can find the cafe at postcode LL55 4NH.
The forest's wide woodland trails are ideal for a dog walk so you'll probably bump into plenty of other owners on a fine day.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area then you could climb Moel Hebog or visit the stunning Aberglaslyn Pass. Both of these walks can be started from Beddgelert.
There's also two lovely reservoirs with trails along the water and through surrounding woodland. Llyn Gwynant and Llyn Dinas are just a short distance from Beddgelert. Next to the latter you can visit the site of the legend of the Red Dragon at the fascinating Dinas Emrys. There's a lovely trail with river views, waterfalls, attractive woodland and a small hill climb to the ancient ramparts of the ancient fort where there are fine views back down to the lake.
Just a few miles to the south west there's the splendid Cwm Pennant to explore. This stunning valley has a number of walking trails with fine views of the Afon Dwyfor and the surrounding mountains to enjoy.
The Snowdonia Slate Trail runs through the forest. You could pick up this circular route and follow it south east to visit the quarries at Blaenau Ffestiniog and the lake at Tanygrisiau.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Beddgelert Walks and the Snowdonia Walks pages.