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Free Car Parking for your walk in Coed y Brenin, Snowdonia

Updated: Feb 5

Walking in Coed y Brenin WITHOUT Paying for the car park

We know that very often it's not the price of accommodation that makes a holiday un-affordable but more what will be spent during the holiday. This is especially true when there are children who need entertaining or who are being tempted by ice creams, attractions and gift shops. In this series of blogs we look at ways to keep the spending down by suggesting things that will help keep what you spend to a reasonable level and things that can be done for FREE.


Coed y Brenin is just 2 miles down the road from Cadair View Lodge Accommodation but the car park at the visitor centre has a charge. The forest itself is a great resource with lots of areas to explore. Here's a way to visit the forest without having to pay for the visitor centre car park.

Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre 2 miles from Cadair View Lodge log cabins in Wales

There are a few ways to enjoy car parking in Coed y Brenin, Snowdonia without paying to park in the Visitor Centre car park. In this blog we'll look at the Ty’n y Groes car park just off the A470 at Ganllwyd.

The parking area is free and there are picnic benches and toilets (also free). There are also BBQ facilities (please bring your own BBQ - not a disposable one if possible).

The car park is on the edge of the forest with the river running past. There is also a grassy area suitable for picnics and for play, but, if you have children or animals with you, always be mindful of the river.

There are 3 walking trails that start here.

  1. The King's Guard Trail and The King's Champion Trail - short circular routes on tarmacked paths. The path takes you to the biggest trees in the forest. There are MP3 guides to download for those who like to use their phones everywhere.

  2. Penrhos Mountain Trail - a longer and more strenuous route but gets the walker up a mountain.

  3. Glasdir Copper Trail - as well as there being gold in the hills! there is also copper. This is another longer walk of around 14 miles.

A nice place to spend a sunny day (or afternoon) with children who are happy to run around on the grass and delight in eating a picnic and a great place to park and go for a quiet mountain walk.


Cadair View Lodge Accommodation in Snowdonia

We have been managing property in Snowdonia since 2003 so can honestly say that we have lots of experience.

We mostly manage log cabins on Trawsfynydd Holiday Village but we also manage group accommodation in Trawsfynydd village itself.

Take a look at our log cabins in Snowdonia HERE

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