GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


Gwydyr Forest

7 miles (11.2 km)

This large area of woodland encircles the popular village of Betws-y-Coed in the Snowdonia National Park. There's miles of footpaths and mountain bike trails with lots of pretty streams, rivers, waterfalls, hills and lakes to see.
This long circular route takes you around the area immediately surrounding Betws-y-Coed, following a series of trails to Llyn Elsi, Rhiwddolion, Pentre Du, the Miners Bridge over the River Llugwy and the Clogwyn Cyrau Nature Reserve to the north of the village.
The forest stretches for miles so there's huge scope for extending your exercise. Just off this route there is the option of visiting Swallow Falls and Fairy Glen. There's lovely waterside walking here with lots of pretty waterfalls to see.
If you head to the northern end of the forest there's several beautiful reservoirs to visit including Llyn Cowlyd, Llyn Crafnant and Llyn Geirionydd. These reservoirs have some lovely circular walking trails with wonderful views of the Carneddau mountains.
Near Llyn Geirionydd there's also the delightful Fairy Falls in the village of Trefriw.

Gwydyr Forest OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Gwydyr Forest Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Photos

Hafod-las - a forester's house - geograph.org.uk - 402514

Hafod-las

A rusting piece of agricultural machinery in a forest clearing - geograph.org.uk - 402516

A rusting piece of agricultural machinery in a forest clearing

Monument near Llyn Elsi - geograph.org.uk - 300879

Monument near Llyn Elsi

Llyn Elsi - geograph.org.uk - 75874

Llyn Elsi

Miners' Bridge Rapid - geograph.org.uk - 1206963

Miners Bridge Rapid

Crusher and compressor buildings on Level 3 of Hafod-Las Quarry - geograph.org.uk - 404259

Crusher and compressor buildings on Level 3 of Hafod-Las Quarry

Edwardian stone-built semis in Pentre Du - geograph.org.uk - 402446

Edwardian stone-built semis in Pentre Du

Waterfall near Miner's Bridge, Betws-y-Coed - geograph.org.uk - 1434823

Waterfall near Miner's Bridge, Betws-y-Coed

GPS Files

GPX File

Gwydyr Forest.gpx (right click - 'Save As')

Memory Map Route

Gwydyr Forest.mmo (right click - 'Save As')

Map