Gogerddan Wood, near Aberystwyth

What's here

Welcome

Gogerddan Wood is a short drive from Aberystwyth and is easy-to-find.

The circular walking trail starts from the car park and the small picnic site is in a sheltered location by Nant Clarach stream.

There is a stunning display of bluebells and other wildflowers in spring, and an array of seasonal colours in autumn.

The woodland has some beautiful old trees including oak, sweet chestnut and lime.

It gets its name from the nearby Plas Gogerddan (Gogerddan mansion), an old mansion owned by the Pryse family who were famous silver and lead mine owners.

Walking trail

The walking trail is waymarked from start to finish.

Look out for the information panel at the start of the trail.

Find out about walking trail grades.

Gogerddan Trail

  • Grade: Moderate
  • Distance: 1.5 miles/2.4 kilometres
  • Time: 1¼ hours
  • Trail information: Numerous climbs and steep descents. The surface is rough and may be wet in places. Walking shoes with a good grip recommended. Wooden bench at the viewpoint overlooking the fields and hills.

The veteran trees and stunning spring flowers are the highlights on this pleasant walk with an amazing bluebell display in late spring.

It is a fairly short walk but the steep climbs through the trees are rewarded with some lovely views.

National Forest for Wales

Gogerddan Wood forms part of the National Forest for Wales.

The National Forest will:

  • create areas of new woodland
  • enhance existing woodlands
  • restore Wales’ irreplaceable ancient woodlands

It will form a connected ecological network running throughout Wales, bringing social, economic and environmental benefits.

Parts of the network will eventually form a trail running the length and breadth of Wales, so anyone can access it wherever they live.

For more information go to the National Forest for Wales website.

Visiting safely

We want you to return home safely after your visit here.

You are responsible for your own safety as well as the safety of any children and animals with you during your visit.

For advice and tips to help you plan your visit here go to Visiting our places safely.

Changes to visitor facilities

See the top of this webpage for details of any planned closures or other changes to visitor facilities here.

For your safety, always follow instructions from staff and signs including those for trail diversions or closures.

We may divert or close trails whilst we undertake maintenance work or other operations and we may need to close other visitor facilities temporarily.

In extreme weather, we may close facilities at short notice due to the risk of injury to visitors and staff.

How to get here

Location

Gogerddan is 3 miles north east of Aberystwyth.

It is in the county of Ceredigion.

Directions

Follow the A487 from Aberystwyth towards Machynlleth.

After 2½ miles, turn right for Penrhyncoch and continue straight over the crossroads.

In ½ mile, the car park is on the left, after passing the large greenhouses.

Ordnance Survey map

Gogerddan woodland is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map Explorer 213.

The OS grid reference is SN 633 836.

Public transport

The nearest mainline railway station is in Aberystwyth.

The bus service from Aberystwyth to Penrhyncoch stops at the Aberystwyth University entrance, very near to Gogerddan Wood car park.

For details of public transport visit the Traveline Cymru website.

Parking

Parking is free of charge.

Overnight parking is not permitted.

Contact details

There are no staff at this location.

Contact our customer team for general enquiries during office hours, Monday to Friday.

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