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“Wish we had more time” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Gwydir Forest

Gwydir Forest
Snowdonia National Park, Betws-y-Coed, Wales
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Ranked #1 of 11 Attractions in Betws-y-Coed
Type: Forests, Outdoors
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Kendal
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51 reviews 51 reviews
14 attraction reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Wish we had more time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

This place was absolutely stunning, so peaceful, even with all of us tourists gumming up the place. It was a warm day and people were knocking about on the rocks..we only stopped for a coffee before carrying on but we hope to go back for a poper visit without the kids.

Visited July 2012
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Bebington, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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“Walking”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

Lots of good walks withing easy access of betws y coed. Some of the signage is a bit sparse and misleading in places. Be prepared to jump away from streams of highly charged testosterone speeding down the mountain bike trails!

Visited July 2012
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
8 attraction reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“So beautiful and varied, oh and we ended up getting lost...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2012

Following a path from the top road in Betws leading up to the forest, there's an old path which I would recommend staying well clear of unless you like danger and adventure! It's a tiny, thin path with a signpost just after you get past the majority of the houses (at the top of the village over the bridge). We ventured into the forest this way, and about half a mile up the hillside (steep!) the path appears to thin even more, covered with overgrown branches and pressing against the stone wall. You pass a farm on the left, after about 3 minutes more walking there's the ruins of a car! A full on car, which for some reason has been driven up there/crashed/who knows, the chassis rusted but still solid. It looks like a 60's Cadillac-style of car, with the arrowhead taillights still in tact apart from the glass missing. There's still some white paint on what's left of the body work, too. You go further up the hill to find the missing exhaust, electrics and part of the engine (mystery!). Anyway... The path shortly after this disappears and meanders wildly into tributary clearings that can be navigated only if you're willing to climb and climb some more. There's a little mound on the highest point in this little forest, which you can climb up onto and enjoy the view. The way back around to get through the forest proper is wrought with danger, barb wire and more phantom sign posts which have been out of use a long time. All in good fun! There's also little random disused mine shafts and ruins of small huts, which are long past decay but are still interesting to see! The only problem with the forest is that it's VAST, so navigating through to see the most of it would take a lot, lot longer than one afternoon.

Visited June 2012
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Wexford
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2012

The walks in the Gwydir Forest are not to be missed with an abundance of wildlife and the scenery is fabulous , on no account miss the walk around Llyn Elsi as it is beautiful

Visited June 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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16 attraction reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
“Cloud on the summits? Try a woodland walk!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2012

Fantastic forest walks around Betws-y-Coed are a must and often overlooked because of the mountain summits with fantastic views. Give yourself a rest from altitude and walk trhough Gwydir Forest. Plenty of walks online, in guide books and easy to follow waymarkers all the way.

Visited May 2012
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