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Coed y Brenin

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Coed y Brenin
Ganllwyd
Dolgellau
Gwynedd
Wales
LL40 2HZ
Phone: 01341 440747
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Website: Visit Website

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Coed y Brenin is a Forestry Commission visitor centre set in the Coed y Brenin forest towards the southern boundary of the Snowdonia National park in Wales. The centre is perched on the hillside with views across the valley towards Cadair Idris which rises to 2927 feet above sea level.

There is a gated mountain track situated near the entrance of the site, which leads to a viewing point with two accessible picnic benches. There are stunning views across the valley to Cadair Idris and northward towards the northern reaches of Snowdonia from here. Our researchers visited in early February when the mountain was wreathed in cloud and hazy sunshine and the views were still breathtaking. Blue badge holders are able to drive up and park, however you will need to obtain a key from the centres information desk before you start.

There are several other designated all ability trails within the area one of which is the Afon Eden Riverside Trail which starts from the centre itself and gently snakes down the hillside to the banks of the eden river. A few hundred yards up the lane is the shorter Forest Garden Trail where visitors can access a bridge across the river and small waterfall to a deer sculpture. The bridge is known locally as the Bridge of the Deer Leap (Pont Llam yr Ewig).

A short drive away is the accessible trail to Glasdir Copper Mine where visitors can access a pathway around the hillside to a picnic spot and viewing point just above the ruins of the old mine. Next to the accessible picnic table is a 'wind up' audio commentary (narrated in an evocative local accent) of the workings of the old mine. (Please note there are steep drops on one side of this trail which in places are not fenced).

For those of you who are up for something a little more energetic why not try your hand at mountain biking with the 'Challenge you Boundaries' project based at the Visitor Centre.
 


Gardens and Countryside Facilities

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Assessed by Disabled Holiday Information

Arrival

  • Designated Disabled car parking (4 spaces adjacent to visitor and a further space adjacent to an accessible picnic bench located on a higher level of the parking area)
  • Hard surfaced car park
  • Level/ramped wheelchair access to entrance (level)
  • Level/ramped wheelchair access into venue (level)
  • Easy access around ground floor/area of site (see main description)
  • Wheelchair access to gardens/grounds
  • Wheelchair access to other floors (the toilets and bike shop are accessed via a lift)
  • lift controls at accessible height

Toilets

  • Wheelchair accessible toilet/toilets
  • Grab rails in toilet
  • Easy access to wash basin
  • easy access to hand dryer/towels
  • Wheelchair turning space in accessible toilet
  • space to side transfer (There is no left hand transfer and right hand is diagonal as it is impeded by a large bin and the drop down rail.)
  • Room for carer/carers in accessible toilet (two carers)

Cafe/Shop

  • Level/ramped access to shop (level)
  • Level/ramped access to cafe/tearoom (level)
  • Accessible counter/cutlery if self service
  • Sufficient wheelchair access to tables
  • Wheelchair accessible picnic area
  • Wheelchair accessible picnic table/tables (there are various accessible tables throughout the site see photo)

Other

  • assistance dogs welcome
  • Special access to exhibits for visually impaired (braille and large print versions of the maps are available by prior request)