Tan y Coed


Woodland trails and a stunning waterfall

Situated just north of  Macynllth on the A487, Tan y Coed woodland is part of Dyfi Forest. It’s easy to find and well signposted from the road. There’s generous car park, a picnic area and toilets at the entrance. The woodland features 2 short walking trails and 2 longer running trails with the latter also being excellent half-day hikes.

The Forestry Commission began planting Tan y Coed woodland after the First World War to replenish timber supplies. Planting continued through the Second World War with the Land Army Girls, known as “Timber Jills”, carrying out the work. Tan y Coed is now managed by Natural Resources Wales and so it should come as no surprise that the trails are properly waymarked. There’s much to enjoy here and the trails are as follows:

Tan y Coed Trail – 2.6km

Cwm Cadian Trail – 1.6km

Siambr Wmffre trail – 7.6km

Bryn Llwyd Trail – 8.5km


tan y Coed footpath sign
tan y Coed waterfall


All of the trails at Tan y Coed are suitable for dogs and there is a poo bin adjacent to the toilets. There is no livestock in the forest which means lead-free walks and plenty of adventure!


From the Woollen Mill, head for the A487 and travel south towards Porthmadog. After passing Porthmadog, you will drive under a metal bridge and then arrive at a roundabout. Turn left at the roundabout towards Penryhndeudraeth (A487). Keep on this road which becomes the A470. Remain on the A470 until just before  you reach Machynlleth. The entrance to Tany Coed is on the right.