Conwy Area
Northern Region
Isle of Anglesey
The Carneddau and
the Glyderau

West Coast
South West
South East
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Aberglaslyn Pass
Beddgelert Forest
Betws Garmon
Capel Curig
Capel Garmon
Burial Chamber

Ceunant Mawr

Conway Falls
Dolbadarn Castle
Dolwyddelan Castle
Electric Moutain
Fairy Glen
Gwydir Forest
Llanberis Pass
Llyn Cwellyn
Llyn Dinas
Llyn Elsi
Llyn Glaslyn
Llyn Llydaw
Llyn Padarn
Llyn Parc
Llynnau Mymbyr
Mount Snowdon
Nant Gwynant Pass
Swallow Falls
Sygun Copper Mines

Gwydir Forest

Situated on the hills to the east of Mount Snowdon, the dense and extensive Gwydir Forest, covering 7,250 ha., rises from the the Conwy Valley and enfolds the town of Betws-y-Coed. It stretches from Llyn Crafnant to Penmachno and offers truly panoramic scenery.

Spring bluebells in the Gwydir Forest

Bluebells in the Gwydyr Forest

The forest derives its name from the ancient estate of the Wynne family of Gwydir Castle. Gwydir Forest offers panoramic views of the Glyderau, Carneddau and Snowdon mountain ranges. The forest is divided by the rivers Llugwy, Lledr and Machno. Planting is mainly douglas fir, larch, norway spruce, pine and tsuga. The area has been appointed a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

SnowdoniaGwydir Forest

Winter views of the Forest

Gwydir ForestGwydir Forest

Gwydir flora and fauna

Gwydir plays host to a variety of diverse habitats and is famous for its towering Douglas Fir and Norway spruce trees, some specimens are over 180 years old. Parts of the forest encompass some of Wales' most important oak woodlands.

Grey SquirrelChaffinch

Gwydir Forest is a popular site for wildlife watching. Buzzards, peregrines, merlins, goshawks and black grouse are among its inhabitants, along with a host of reptiles and butterflies.

The forest is home to a variety of birds, the lesser horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus hipposideros) has been found hibernating in a disused mine in the forest and there have been many reported sightings, although no photographic evidence of pine martens exist, DNA has been found in droppings, linking them with the area.

Gwydir ForestSnowdonia National Park

Gwydir was established by the Forestry Commision (now the Forest Enterprise) in 1921. The Forest has a number of lakes of which Llyn Geirionydd, Llyn Elsi and Llyn Parc are the largest.

Gwydyr ForestGwydyr Forest

There are a multitude of paths and cycle tracks throughout Gwydir Forest, some following the trail of long forgotten roads to old lead mines. The Forest is full of the ruins and spoil heaps of the old lead mines.

Gwydir ForestGwydir Forest

A trail (leaflets are available from the tourist information offices) guides the visitor around some of the best-preserved sites.The Marin Trail is a highly technical cycling trail, large on rocky single track ridgelines and descents it is 28km in length with around 860 metres of climbing.

A walk in the Gwydir Forest

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