Coed Y Brenin Forest Park boasts a number of wonderful walks including short strolls by the river and the arduous 11 km Volcano Trail. At 3.5 km and with no steep sections , the Waterfalls and Goldmines Trail occupies the middle ground. This is a beautiful woodland walk through a steep-sided valley. The waymarked route takes you along the banks of the Mawddech river past two spectacular waterfalls and the remains of the Gwynfynydd Goldmine. There’s something interesting around every corner and plenty of wonderful spots for picnics.
The circular walk begins at the Tyddyn Gladys car park where there are picnic tables and lovely views of the river. You will be walking on forest roads and gravel paths with no awkward terrain to tackle other than the narrow path which leads to the first falls, but this is only 50 metres long. Some sections of the trail are also used by mountain bikers so take care if you are walking with dogs. Your dogs don’t have to be kept on leads but there are sections of the trail with steep drops down to the river where caution is advised if your dogs are likely to run off.
Duration: Roughly 90 minutes if you don’t linger at the beauty spots
Terrain: Mostly gravel roads and paths