Walking the goldmine trails
Coed y Brenin was once a centre for mining copper and gold. Its 500 million year old rocks containing a purity of gold sought after by the Romans, who valued it highly for its reddish tint, due to staining from copper deposits in the rock that lie next to the rich veins of gold. The gold would have been visible in the rivers and streams that accompany the walking trails of the forest park.
The area is now frequented for timber in industry, and by visitors to the forest park seeking recreation in the form of Mountain biking, trail running and walking.
Mostyn Cottage - Coed y Brenin Holiday cottage for bed and breakfast
Coed y Brenin Walks
There are a selection of walking routes from the visitor centre at Coed y Brenin Forest park. A highlight of these trails is the Waterfalls and Goldmines trails, worth walking if only to see the waterfalls.
- Afon Eden Trail
- Gain Waterfall Trail
- The King's Guards Trail
- Penrhos Mountain Trail
- Glasdir Copper Trail
- Volcano Trail
- Puzzle Trail
- Forest Garden Discovery Trail
- Cefndeuddwr Trail
All these walks are easily accessible from Mostyn Cottage.
The Animal Puzzle, starting at the play area is great for families and makes for a perfect activity to encourage children to explore the surrounding woods and forest wildlife.
The walking trails are waymarked from the visitor centre. An audio trail about Coed y Brenin’s wildlife, farming and droving history of the area for use on Afon Eden trail along with the NRW PlaceTales app.
The 7 mile Volcano Trail follows a route offering inspiring views of the Meirionydd mountains and a fascinating glimpse into the areas geological history. This walk also offers natural features including the copper bog.
Make the most of your visit to the Forest Park. If you are here for some mountain bike or trial running excitement, why not make the most of your downtime and discover trials by foot with a stroll on the routes above.
The evocative words of countryfile writer Julie Brominicks paints a wonderful minds eye picture of this inspiring area, as she describes how a walk through ancient forest, where everything is clean and wet, as moisture kisses your skin and wets your lips, and of how the oxygen rich air and trickling water bubbling through the moss, will lift your spirits leaving you feeling cleansed, refreshed and relaxed.
As well as the Coed y Brenin walking trails, it is worth noting that the mountains of the Rhinog's and Cadair Idris are a short journey away where there are more walking routes such as the Pony Path from Ty Nant, up Cader Idris from the Dolgellau side of the mountain.