Coed y Brenin visitor centre is the gateway to Coed y Brenin Forest Park. This site was Britain's first purpose-built mountain biking centre and it is still one of the sport’s top destinations featuring world-class mountain bike trails, family walks, a café, cycle shop, all-ability play area and an easy access trail.
Three waymarked walking trails start from Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre car park. The Afon Eden Trail is an accessible trial which leads you through woodlands down to the Afon Eden. Cefndeuddwr Trail is an easy short trial which guides you gently up a hillside to the Cefndeuddwr viewpoint and picnic area. The Gain Waterfall Trail is a strenuous trail which climbs over the Cefndeuddwr ridge, before descending to the confluence of the Afon Gain and Afon Mawddach rivers with their twin waterfalls.
More walking trails start from our other car parks within Coed y Brenin Forest Park.
MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS
The Visitor Centre is the starting point for 8 mountain bike trails ranging from a relatively easy low level route of Yr Afon, through to a moderate route of MinorTaur with a choice of 4 loops ranging from 3 to 12 kilometres. You can then progress to the more difficult trails of Temtiwr (9km) and Cyflym Coch (12.6 km) and finally onto the severe MBR (17.7km), Tarw Du (20.1km) and the Beast (35km) trails.
Y Ffowndri is our skills area which is also present on site, with four zones of different abilities for you to test your own level and improve skills. It can also be used a zone to either warm up or wind down, before or after a ride on one of the trails.
All trails are waymarked and have information panels at the start of the trail. Please read this carefully before setting off.
Five waymarked running trails leave from the visitor centre and go through some of the best scenery in Coed y Brenin Forest Park. The trails vary in length and have been designed for novice to more experienced runners. They include a mixture of singletrack, forest roads, rough unmade public rights of way and occasional sections of tarmac road.
Be prepared for roots, mud and rocks with steep ascents and descents.
Hunt for the geocaches hidden in the forest on one of the two geocaching trails from the visitor centre. Each geocache is a small container with an information sheet about the history of the location and a log book to record your visit. The geocache may also contain small items left by other visitors that you can swap for something you have brought with you.
The geocaching trails are designed for walkers and there is no access for vehicles or bikes to the geocache sites.
The four permanent orienteering courses start and finish at the visitor centre. They were designed by the Mid-Wales Orienteers and are all graded to British Orienteering Federation standards.
Play areas are next to the visitors centre and are split into 3 areas suitable for different ages and abilities. Pick up an animal puzzle trail leaflet from the visitor centre and head for the Afon Eden walking trail. You can borrow a free discovery backpack from the visitor centre. Each backpack contains useful goodies like binoculars, a magnifying glass, a bug pot and nature identification cards along with a guide explaining how to use them.
CAFE & SHOP
The Cafe uses the best locally produced and healthy food with bread and cakes from local bakers or from the cafe's own kitchen. Meat is supplied using local suppliers and venison burgers come from within Coed y Brenin Forest itself.
There is a shop and visitor information point at the entrance to the visitor's centre.
OTHER VISITOR FACILITIES
There is a bike wash and showers (cash only) on site. Free WiFi in the visitor centre and cafe.
Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre's conference facilities are suitable for a variety of business meetings, events and activities.
Beics Brenin bike shop is situated in the lower level of Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre.
Beics Brenin offers:
a wide range of bikes for hire to match the trails
a repair shop
sales of bikes, clothing and accessories
courses in mountain biking skills
a series of cycling events
Explore Coed y Brenin on a waymarked walking trail from one of our other car parks in the forest park:
Tyddyn Gwladys (a walking trail past two waterfalls)
Pont Cae’n y Coed (our longest waymarked walk in the forest park)
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)
Forest Garden (a short walk in the forest garden with an accessible section to a viewpoint overlooking a waterfall)
The Visitor Centre Cafe, Shop & Visitor Information Desk has both toilets (including accessible toilets) and showers (in male, female and accessible rooms), Picnic sites and BBQ - There are a number of picnic tables around the main car parks within Coed y Brenin Forest Park plus many more on the waymarked walking trails. There are stone BBQ plinths in Glasdir and Ty'n y Groes picnic sites and please ensure all fires are extinguished and tidied up after use.
Open all the time
The Visitor Centre and Cafe are open 7 days per week, throughout the year (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day).
Summer opening times (1 April - 4 November): Daily 9.00am to 5.00pm.
Winter opening times (5 November - 31 March) Daily 9.30am to 4.30pm.
Free for the first 20 minutes, £2 for 2 hours, 40p for every additional 20 minutes. Maximum charge is £7 per day; overnight parking is not permitted.
Car parking is free for Blue Badge holders. Please note: you need to register for free parking by presenting your vehicle log book (V5 document) or Blue Badge at the visitor centre welcome desk,
You can buy a season ticket for £40 to cover car parking charges for 12 months from the visitor centre reception.