Cader Idris (893 metres or 2930 feet) is a popular focus - though you will meet far fewer fellow walkers here than on the more famous Snowdon. The peak rewards a demanding ascent with thrilling views. The Torrent Walk, Precipice Walk, New Precipice Walk and Panorama Walk provide plenty of contrasting country to explore and have been delighting visitors since Victorian times. The well surfaced and flat Mawddach trail, along the southern margins of the estuary provides a newer, accessible and family friendly route, whilst the Rhinog Range, running north from the estuary, presents more remote challenges for the experienced walker. When clouds shroud the highest peaks, the Coed y Brenin ancient forest is well worth a visit. Follow old miner’s trails to gold and copper mines or watch waterfalls in the heart of the forest become thunderously impressive after heavy rain (which, let’s face it, happens from time to time). The woods offer important habitats to a wide range of flora and fauna (with some extremely rare species), and there are other spectacular walks, orienteering facilities, and an 8 km geology trail. Leaflets with directions are available from the Coed y Brenin visitor centre and local shops.
Individual maps of the walks around Coed y Brenin forest can be found below along with a complete guide to all the walks as well as a list of other walking routes in the area.
Walks around Dolgellau
Walks and places to go around Coed y Brenin forest
The Mawddach Trail