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Gwydir Forest Park covers an area of over 72 square kilometres (28 square miles) and it encircles the village of Betws-y-Coed.

The Hafna Miners’ Trail passes through several different mines, all with their own story,


Llanrwst Gwydir Forest Park

🅿️-From the B5106 at Gwydir Castle, take the minor road into the forest, signposted for Geirionnydd. Hafna car park is on the right.

🥾Hafna trail is 2.5 miles but can explore more paths

FACILITIES- Toilets, cafe and pub in Betws Y Coed

TERRAIN-Excellent forest trails some suitable for terrain prams but check website


This trail goes past derelict mining buildings and numerous tunnels and spoil heaps. 

The viewpoint looks over the town of Llanrwst, the wind turbines on the hills behind, and down the Conwy valley to the sea beyond pn a clear day.

Hafna car park is near the old Hafna lead mine. It is the starting point for a way marked walking trail past the mine ruins and capped shafts.

The peace of the woodland has absorbed this mining history yet, as you look around the ruins, you can imagine the industry that existed many years ago at these sites.

We followed the trail and wondered off to explore some more paths, its a great walk for kids of all ages.




  • Llyn Crafnant, near Llanwrst, three waymarked walks around the lake and one of the finest views in North Wales

  • Llyn Geirionnydd, near Llanwrst, the only lake in Snowdonia for power boats and water skiing

  • Cae'n y Coed, near Betws-y-Coed, a field in the woods with picnic spots and a forest garden

  • Ty'n Llwyn, near Betws-y-Coed, gateway to the famous Swallow Falls waterfall

  • Pont y Pair, Betws-y-Coed, a choice of peaceful forest walks away from the tourist bustle

  • Hafna, near Betws-y-Coed, a walking trail past the old mines of Gwydir

  • Llyn Sarnau, near Betws-y-Coed, a picnic spot with a walk to two hidden lakes

  • Sawbench, near Betws-y-Coed, starting point for a short historical walk overlooking Llanwrst (see below)

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