Beddgelert Forest, near Beddgelert
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Pont Cae’n y Coed is a small car park in Coed y Brenin Forest Park.
It is the starting point for the Volcano Trail, a long walk past many key features in the forest.
Cae’n y Coed means ‘ﬁeld in the woods’ and is named after a nearby smallholding.
Once a temporary Bailey bridge stood here to take out timber from the other side of the Afon Mawddach.
Nowadays mountain bikers and walkers use the new bridge as a crucial link to the wilder country on the east side of the river.
The walking trail is waymarked from start to finish.
Look out for the information panel at the start of the trail.
On this challenging circular walk, you will visit many key features in the forest, including the copper bog and the highest point of the forest park – Moel Hafod Owen.
Take in the five information panels to help you explore Coed y Brenin’s violent volcanic history and enjoy views of the surrounding Meirionnydd mountains.
Explore Coed y Brenin on a waymarked walking trail from one of our other car parks in the forest park:
Coed y Brenin Forest Park is set in Eryri (Snowdonia) National Park.
Eryri is the largest National Park in Wales and is home to picturesque towns and villages and the highest mountain in Wales.
It is looked after by the Eryri National Park Authority.
For more information about visiting Eryri go to the Eryri National Park Authority website.
Coed y Brenin Forest Park forms part of the National Forest for Wales.
The National Forest will:
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.
Pont Cae’n y Coed car park is just off the A470, near the village of Ganllwyd.
It is in the county of Gwynedd.
Pont Cae'n y Coed is on OS Explorer OL18.
The OS grid reference is SH 733 251.
Take the A470 north from Dolgellau.
After passing through the village of Ganllwyd, turn right just after the school.
Follow this minor road over a stone bridge and continue following the road on the right with the Afon Mawddach river below.
The car park is on the right after about a quarter of a mile.
The nearest mainline railway stations are in Barmouth (Cambrian Coast line) and Blaenau Ffestiniog (Blaenau Ffestiniog-Llandudno line).
For details of public transport visit the Traveline Cymru website.
Car parking is free of charge.
Overnight parking is not permitted.
Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre