Beddgelert Forest Trails
Beddgelert Forest is a treasure trove of walking and cycling routes, photographic opportunities and wildlife.
Take in the stunning views across to Snowdon, picnic by the secluded lake of Llyn Llywelyn and listen out for the sound of the Old Welsh Highland railway trains, which run through the forest on route from Caernarfon to Porthmadog.
Llyn Llywelyn Walk
Distance: 2¾ miles/4.4 kilometres
Time: 2½ hours
The trail is nearly all on forest road with three short sections of track, 1.5m wide, one of which can become muddy on the gradual climb to the lake, and one on the descent back to the car park has a 40m section of rough uneven cobbles. The two railway crossings have manual gates to open. There are two picnic tables along the trail.
This is a circular route with views across Beddgelert Forest to Snowdon.
Setting off through the woodland to the beautiful and secluded lake of Llyn Llywelyn.
At the start of the trail there is an information panel – please read this before setting off.
Grade: Forest road or similar
Distance: 6 kilometres
Time: 1 – 1½ hours
This short circular route is worth the effort and the lake is a picturesque place to stop with a terrific view
Grade: Forest road or similar
Distance: 10.1 kilometres
Time: 1 – 2 hours
This trail is a pleasant tour of the northern end of Beddgelert Forest with slow and steady climbs and memorable views to the eastern end of the Snowdonia National Park.
The round trip to Beddgelert is 5km and the round trip to Rhyd Ddu is 10.4km. Both rides offer breath-taking views of the mountains and valleys and both are on the Welsh Highland Railway route so you can hop on a train back if you feel like taking it easy. The path in both directions presents a pleasant challenge. It’s wide with some tarmac surfaces and some lose stone and slate. For beginners and experts alike it’s great fun.
For a bracing beachside run, pick up Route 8 from Barmouth to Bangor.
This 50 mile section is challenging and exhilarating in equal measure. Or pick up the Ffordd Brailsford Way from Beddgelert.
This newly created route offers 50 miles or 75 miles of Snowdonia’s best cycling taking in forests, mountains, castles and coast.
Around 36 minutes away from Beddgelert lies the seriously good Gwydir Mawr and Bach. This 25km trail is what’s known as ‘proper mountain biking’ with its mix of forest roads and mountain views. Ranging from rocky to flowy, this is a fantastic route to test your mountain biking skills.
Respect – Protect – Enjoy
Be Safe – plan ahead and follow any signs
Leave gates and property as you find them
Protect plants and animals, and take your litter home
Keep dogs under close control
Consider other people
Footpaths are for walkers only.
You are allowed to walk, ride a horse and cycle on a bridleway. Cyclists must give way to walkers and horse riders.
Usually unsurfaced tracks. These are open to walkers, horse riders, cyclists and some motor vehicles.
Not a legal right of way, but the landowner has given permission for the route to be used for the time being.