Opening Hours - Cafe - Play Area - Animal Puzzle Trail - Running - Walking - Parking - Cycle Parking - Contact

Located in the spectacular surroundings of Coed y Brenin Forest Park, Coed y Brenin visitor centre serves as a base, providing services to help visitors make the most of their time in the forest. Coed y Brenin is known for being the UK’s premiere mountain bike trail centre with a illustrious history tied closely to the development of the sport in the UK but there’s much more than mountain biking on offer to visitors.

The visitor centre itself is a large purpose-built building that contains the bike-hire centre, bike-shop, cafe, information point, gift shop, toilets, changing and showers.

Open seven days per week throughout the year (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day), there’s plenty to discover and do in the forest park and our visitor centre makes the perfect base for your adventure.

The visitor centre also hosts many events including Craft and Christmas fairs and is the main event hub when cycling and running events visit to the forest park.

 

Opening times

Visitor Centre (main building) opening times are as follows (Please note, these can differ from Beics Brenin bike hire centre/bike shop opening times).

  • Summer opening times (April - October): Monday to Sunday 9am to 5pm
  • Winter opening times (November - March): Monday to Sunday 9.30am to 4.30pm

Opening times can vary or be changed at short notice in some circumstances, please check NRW’s web page ( https://naturalresources.wales... ) for current Coed y Brenin visitor centre information.

If you are just comming to ride the trails then it’s possible to access the park outside of visitor centre opening hours, there is a 24hr toilet but be aware that parking charges apply and a barrier and number plate recognition system is in opperation so you will still need to pay for your parking (please use the machines on site).

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Your parking fees help keep the trails in good shape - Coed y Brenin’s parking fees help support trail maintenance and upkeep, ensuring the trails remain free to access and in good condition.

Coed y Brenin has a huge network of world-class mountain bike trails to be explored but that’s just one part of what’s on offer, there is much more to discover and enjoy in the forest park. We have walking and running trails, a kids animal discovery trail, geocache and orienteering trails.

The cafe serves a wide range of hot and cold food from drinks & snacks to full meals, many featuring locally sourced ingredients. A great place to refuel after a ride or just relax and enjoy the epic views from the balcony over tranquil forest to the local peaks of Cadair Idris.

You’ll find a warm welcome and space to unwind and new for 2022, on busier weekends the new Cwtch y Coed servery will open downstairs in the visitor centre from 11am to 3pm, serving take away drinks, snacks and ice creams.

A large multi-level play area with accessibility features, perfect for entertaining energetic youngsters. The play area is located near the main visitor centre & cafe building

Fun, easy to follow and suitable for pushchairs, the trail is designed to encourage children to explore and enjoy the woodland by looking out for some of its animal inhabitants.

Continuing its pioneeding record, Coed y Brenin became the Uks first dedicated trail-running venue, introducing a series of superb waymarked and graded trail running routes up to half marathon distance. Each year the centre also plays host to the Trail Marathon Wales, one of the UKs largest trai marathon events. Thousands runners take on the formidable challenge of running a 26 miles mountain marathon route in the spectacular surroundings of the Forest Parks.

Coed y Brenin has three waymarked walking trails that begin and end at Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre car park.

Afon Eden Trail

  • Grade: Accessible (blue waymarkers) or Easy (yellow waymarkers)
  • Distance: 1 mile/1.6 kilometres
  • Total climb: 105 feet/35 metres
  • Time: 45 minutes

The easiest is the Afon Eden Trail, an accessible trial which winds its way through woodlands down to the banks of the Afon Eden river.


Cefndeuddwr Trail

  • Grade: Easy
  • Distance: ¾ mile/1.3 kilometres
  • Total climb: 197 feet/55 metres
  • Time: 45 minutes

Cefndeuddwr Trail is an easy short trial which climbs to the Cefndeuddwr viewpoint and picnic area for spectacular views over the surrounding area and southern snowdonian mountains.


Afon Gain Trail

  • Grade: Strenuous
  • Distance: 4 miles/6.5 kilometres
  • Total climb: 745 feet/227 metres
  • Time: 2 hours

The Gain Waterfall Trail walk is a strenuous route, ascending the Cefndeuddwr ridge, before dropping to where the Afon Gain and Afon Mawddach rivers converge in a twin waterfall. [Gain trail PDF]


Other walking locally:

  • Ty'n y Groes (an accessible riverside trail and a walk up Penrhos mountain)
  • Glasdir (a trail through a ruined copper mine ruins with accessible section to a viewpoint over the ruins)

A camera number plate recognition system is now in place at Coed y Brenin. You are charged for the length of time you park at Coed y Brenin visitor centre with payment required prior to exit.

The charges are:

  • £2 for 2 hours
  • 40p for every additional 20 minutes (maximum £7 per day)

When you are ready to leave enter your vehicle registration into one of the machines in the car park and pay the parking charge by card or cash.

The barrier will then lift automatically as you drive out of the car park exit.

An annual season ticket is on sale at the visitor centre reception.

Overnight parking is not permitted.

Free parking for local residents - Car parking is free if you live within the LL40 or LL41 postcode or the neighbouring villages of Arthog, Cutiau, Cardeon, Corris and Tal-y-Llyn. You will need to take your vehicle log book (V5 document) to the visitor centre welcome desk to register for free parking.

Free parking for Blue Badge holders. - On departure from the car park, scan your Blue Badge at the exit barrier and the barrier will lift.

Your parking fees help keep the trails in good shape - Coed y Brenin’s parking fees help support trail maintenance and upkeep of the trail network, ensuring the trails remain free to access and in good condition.  

There is a cycle parking rack in front of the bike shop (Beics Brenin). Loan locks are available on request free of charge from the bike shop.

Telephone enquiries

For general visitor centre enquiries or enquiries relating to walking & running trails or the general forest, café, parking or visitor information you can call the visitor centre front desk: 01341 440747

For enquiries regarding bike trails, bike rental or bike shop please call Beics Brenin: 01341 440728

Opening Hours - Cafe - Play Area - Animal Puzzle Trail - Running - Walking - Parking - Cycle Parking - Contact

Located in the spectacular surroundings of Coed y Brenin Forest Park, Coed y Brenin visitor centre serves as a base, providing services to help visitors make the most of their time in the forest. Coed y Brenin is known for being the UK’s premiere mountain bike trail centre with a illustrious history tied closely to the development of the sport in the UK but there’s much more than mountain biking on offer to visitors.

The visitor centre itself is a large purpose-built building that contains the bike-hire centre, bike-shop, cafe, information point, gift shop, toilets, changing and showers.

Open seven days per week throughout the year (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day), there’s plenty to discover and do in the forest park and our visitor centre makes the perfect base for your adventure.

The visitor centre also hosts many events including Craft and Christmas fairs and is the main event hub when cycling and running events visit to the forest park.

 

Opening times

Visitor Centre (main building) opening times are as follows (Please note, these can differ from Beics Brenin bike hire centre/bike shop opening times).

  • Summer opening times (April - October): Monday to Sunday 9am to 5pm
  • Winter opening times (November - March): Monday to Sunday 9.30am to 4.30pm

Opening times can vary or be changed at short notice in some circumstances, please check NRW’s web page ( https://naturalresources.wales... ) for current Coed y Brenin visitor centre information.

If you are just comming to ride the trails then it’s possible to access the park outside of visitor centre opening hours, there is a 24hr toilet but be aware that parking charges apply and a barrier and number plate recognition system is in opperation so you will still need to pay for your parking (please use the machines on site).

Your parking fees help keep the trails in good shape - Coed y Brenin’s parking fees help support trail maintenance and upkeep, ensuring the trails remain free to access and in good condition.

Coed y Brenin has a huge network of world-class mountain bike trails to be explored but that’s just one part of what’s on offer, there is much more to discover and enjoy in the forest park. We have walking and running trails, a kids animal discovery trail, geocache and orienteering trails.

The cafe serves a wide range of hot and cold food from drinks & snacks to full meals, many featuring locally sourced ingredients. A great place to refuel after a ride or just relax and enjoy the epic views from the balcony over tranquil forest to the local peaks of Cadair Idris.

You’ll find a warm welcome and space to unwind and new for 2022, on busier weekends the new Cwtch y Coed servery will open downstairs in the visitor centre from 11am to 3pm, serving take away drinks, snacks and ice creams.

A large multi-level play area with accessibility features, perfect for entertaining energetic youngsters. The play area is located near the main visitor centre & cafe building

Fun, easy to follow and suitable for pushchairs, the trail is designed to encourage children to explore and enjoy the woodland by looking out for some of its animal inhabitants.

Continuing its pioneeding record, Coed y Brenin became the Uks first dedicated trail-running venue, introducing a series of superb waymarked and graded trail running routes up to half marathon distance. Each year the centre also plays host to the Trail Marathon Wales, one of the UKs largest trai marathon events. Thousands runners take on the formidable challenge of running a 26 miles mountain marathon route in the spectacular surroundings of the Forest Parks.

Coed y Brenin has three waymarked walking trails that begin and end at Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre car park.

Afon Eden Trail

  • Grade: Accessible (blue waymarkers) or Easy (yellow waymarkers)
  • Distance: 1 mile/1.6 kilometres
  • Total climb: 105 feet/35 metres
  • Time: 45 minutes

The easiest is the Afon Eden Trail, an accessible trial which winds its way through woodlands down to the banks of the Afon Eden river.


Cefndeuddwr Trail

  • Grade: Easy
  • Distance: ¾ mile/1.3 kilometres
  • Total climb: 197 feet/55 metres
  • Time: 45 minutes

Cefndeuddwr Trail is an easy short trial which climbs to the Cefndeuddwr viewpoint and picnic area for spectacular views over the surrounding area and southern snowdonian mountains.


Afon Gain Trail

  • Grade: Strenuous
  • Distance: 4 miles/6.5 kilometres
  • Total climb: 745 feet/227 metres
  • Time: 2 hours

The Gain Waterfall Trail walk is a strenuous route, ascending the Cefndeuddwr ridge, before dropping to where the Afon Gain and Afon Mawddach rivers converge in a twin waterfall. [Gain trail PDF]


Other walking locally:

  • Ty'n y Groes (an accessible riverside trail and a walk up Penrhos mountain)
  • Glasdir (a trail through a ruined copper mine ruins with accessible section to a viewpoint over the ruins)

A camera number plate recognition system is now in place at Coed y Brenin. You are charged for the length of time you park at Coed y Brenin visitor centre with payment required prior to exit.

The charges are:

  • £2 for 2 hours
  • 40p for every additional 20 minutes (maximum £7 per day)

When you are ready to leave enter your vehicle registration into one of the machines in the car park and pay the parking charge by card or cash.

The barrier will then lift automatically as you drive out of the car park exit.

An annual season ticket is on sale at the visitor centre reception.

Overnight parking is not permitted.

Free parking for local residents - Car parking is free if you live within the LL40 or LL41 postcode or the neighbouring villages of Arthog, Cutiau, Cardeon, Corris and Tal-y-Llyn. You will need to take your vehicle log book (V5 document) to the visitor centre welcome desk to register for free parking.

Free parking for Blue Badge holders. - On departure from the car park, scan your Blue Badge at the exit barrier and the barrier will lift.

Your parking fees help keep the trails in good shape - Coed y Brenin’s parking fees help support trail maintenance and upkeep of the trail network, ensuring the trails remain free to access and in good condition.  

There is a cycle parking rack in front of the bike shop (Beics Brenin). Loan locks are available on request free of charge from the bike shop.

Telephone enquiries

For general visitor centre enquiries or enquiries relating to walking & running trails or the general forest, café, parking or visitor information you can call the visitor centre front desk: 01341 440747

For enquiries regarding bike trails, bike rental or bike shop please call Beics Brenin: 01341 440728