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An off-the-beaten track woodland with pretty riverside picnic site and a walk past ruined farmsteads
Dyfi Forest lies mainly to the north of the River Dyfi between the towns of Dolgellau to the north and Machynlleth to the south.
Rugged peaks loom above the forested hillsides that are dotted with atmospheric ruins and slate spoil heaps.
Steam trains chug along the hillsides, now carrying holidaymakers, but originally carrying slates from the quarries to the coast.
There are waymarked trails through these three woodlands within Dyfi Forest:
Foel Friog is off the beaten track, near the village of Aberllefenni. It is easy to find from the A487 between Machynlleth and Dolgellau.
There is a pretty riverside picnic site and one waymarked walking trail past ruined farmsteads to the top of Pen y Bryn hill and back through oak woodland.
The walking trail is waymarked and starts from Foel Friog car park.
2 miles, 3.2 kilometres
The Foel Friog (Pen y Bryn) Trail ascends a steep path through the trees before joining the forest track. It passes by derelict farmsteads and quarry remains, and offers superb views. It then descends through an ancient oak woodland and returns to the car park on a bridleway along the river valley.
Foel Friog is on a minor road signed for Aberllefenni off the A487 between Dolgellau and Machynlleth.
From Dolgellau: take the A487 towards Machynlleth and just after the Corris Craft Centre turn very sharply left signed for Aberllefenni. Foel Friog picnic site is two miles down this road on the right, immediately before the Aberllefenni village sign.
From Machynlleth: take the A487 towards Dolgellau and just after the Braich Goch pub turn right signed for Aberllefenni. Foel Friog picnic site is two miles down this road on the right immediately before the Aberllefenni village sign.
The OS grid reference is SH 770 092.
Car parking is free of charge.
The nearest train station is in Machynlleth. For details of public transport visit http://www.cymraeg.traveline.cymru/
Tel: 0300 065 3000
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