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Walks through huge beech trees with views over...
Foel Friog is set within the spectacular landscape of Dyfi Forest, near the village of Aberllefenni, and is easy to find from the A487.
The pretty picnic site is next to the river and there is a circular waymarked walking trail to the top of Pen y Bryn hill.
During the late 18th century, slate quarrying was the major occupation locally but, when the quarries began to close in the 20th century, the Forestry Commission planted the hillsides.
The trees have transformed the landscape but, if you look carefully, you can see ruins of the quarry buildings.
The walking trail is waymarked and starts from Foel Friog car park.
2 miles/3.2 kilometres, strenuous
The Pen y Bryn Trail goes up a steep path through the trees before joining a forest track.
It passes by derelict farmsteads and quarry remains, and offers superb views.
It descends through an ancient oak woodland and returns to the car park on a bridleway along the river valley.
Foel Friog is part of Dyfi Forest.
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.
Dyfi Forest forms part of the National Forest for Wales.
The National Forest will:
In time it will form a connected ecological network running throughout Wales, bringing social, economic and environmental benefits.
For more information about the National Forest for Wales go to the Welsh Government website.
Foel Friog is on a minor road signed for Aberllefenni off the A487 between Dolgellau and Machynlleth.
This site straddles the county borders of Gwynedd and Powys.
Foel Friog is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map 215.
The OS grid reference is SH 769 092.
Take the A487 towards Dolgellau and immediately opposite 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.
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.
Car parking is free of charge.
Overnight parking is not permitted.
The nearest train station is in Machynlleth.
For details of public transport visit Traveline Cymru's website.
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