A hike of enormous diversity, the Volcano Trail at Coed y Brenin features woodland paths, mountain views and pretty cascades. The official guide states that this 11km route is a strenuous walk but it really isn’t! The first 6km of the trail are mostly uphill but the only steep section is the final ascent to Moel Hafod Owen and that is a short climb.
This is a walk which really has it all! There’s a dramatic gorge, wonderful woodland, amazing vistas across Snowdonia and much more. You walk across the site of an ancient volcano’s magma chamber, hence the name of the trail, and you can see all the way to Cader Idris from the highest point of the walk. The route is clearly marked throughout and so it is impossible to get lost and there’s something interesting around every turn.
This is a great walk for dogs. There’s plenty of interesting terrain for them to explore and no livestock. However, the route is crossed at several points by mountain bike trails and so bikers can appear suddenly and they are often travelling at speed. Listen out for the bikes and try to prevent your dog from causing an accident!
Duration: 4 hours from the car park to the summit and back including a stop for lunch.
Terrain: Woodland paths, gravel paths and woodland roads.