If you savour a walk that features a little bit of everything, the Gain Waterfall Trail at Coed y Brenin Forest Park would be a great choice, whatever the weather. Beginning from the Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre, this fabulous hike takes you through beautiful forest and open countryside to a striking valley and back. You will see pretty rivers, amazing waterfalls and a wonderful variety of flora along the way. The route is described as strenuous by Natural Resources Wales who operate the park. But don’t let that put you off. There is a relatively strenuous section on the return to the visitor centre but this portion of the trail is short and the rest of the hike isn’t particularly challenging. There are several gorgeous spots to stop for a rest or a picnic and plenty to keep you interested throughout.
If you are not familiar with the park, the best news about the Gain Waterfall Trail is the excellent signage and waymarking. You can’t get lost on the 7km route and there’s a nice cafe, not to mention a seat with a view, waiting for you when you have completed your journey. Better still, this is a circular walk and so there’s something new to see around every corner.
Duration: 2.5 hours but it’s worth lingering at the waterfalls.
Terrain: Woodland paths, rocky paths and forest tracks with some steep sections