Coed y Brenin is the vast forest situated north of Dolgellau. This forestry Commission-managed woodland is well known for its mountain bike trails, but it also has a superb network of walking trails. There are numerous fine walks which can be done in the forest, visiting or linking different landscape features and points of interest.
Such is the scale of the place it will take many visits before you get to see all that is on offer here. Stand out features close to Ganllwyd include the Cefn Coch Gold Mine and Rhaeadr Du, an impressive waterfall. From the Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre you can reach a medieval iron working settlement. The Pistyyl Cain and Mawddach waterfalls are also well worth a visit, as is the ancient settlement of Tyydyn Glwadys.
In the north of the forest there is the famous Gwynfynydd Gold Mine, while on the eastern side there is the fascinating Hermon turf copper mine.
Throughout the forest there are spectacular viewpoints showing different aspects of the surrounding landscape.
There is a National Trust car park in Ganllwyd and a car park at the Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre. There are also parking places at Hermon and other locations around the forest.
Mostly good tracks and footpaths.