Dyfi Forest - Foel Ffriog, Nant Gwernol Woodland, Tan y Coed Woodland

Dyfi Forest - Foel Ffriog, Nant Gwernol Woodland, Tan y Coed Woodland

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When you step under the treetops of Dyfi Forest, the modern world instantly falls away, and the sweeping calmness of nature takes over.

From quarry to forest

The forest covers a big old area, stretching up from Machynlleth in the south all the way to Dolgellau in the north.

Trails wind their way through the entire area, curving around huge trunks one moment and beside rivers the next.

It’s hard to imagine Dyfi Forest any different than it is now, but as you’re wandering along certain trails, you’re bound to catch glimpses of the woodland’s past life.

Slate quarrying was once the main occupation for locals, but after the quarries closed down in the 20th-century, the Forestry Commission arrived and began the work that’s flourishing all around you today.

Which will you explore first?

Three smaller woodlands can be found under the embrace of Dyfi Forest, each with their own unique and intriguing features to discover.

Foel Friog, just outside Aberllefenni, is an ideal spot if you’re looking for a short but sharp walk.

Climb the steep path rising above the treetops and with your heart thudding in your chest and a giant smile on your face, look out over the craggy peaks and dark green hills stretching away into the distance.

Explore with the family

Head further west and you’ll come across Nant Gwernol, where the river of the same name cuts through the land like a stream of lava running down a volcano.

Park up in Abergynolwyn and take the short walk to Nant Gwernol station where all the incredible trails begin.

If you’re bringing the little ones along for the adventure, The Animal Discovery Trail running through Tan y Coed is a terrific way of combining nature and learning.

Be sure to pick up the leaflet from the car park before you head out to experience the trail at its most fascinating.

Got a weekend free?

Trails await, pathways invite you to start exploring – Dyfi Forest beckons anyone seeking a retreat back into the arms of nature.

So, how about it?

Dyfi Forest,
SY20 8QJ