Black Covert Woodland, near Aberystwyth
Sheltered picnic site with riverside walk
Encounter steam trains and slate heritage within a spectacular forest landscape
This site and visitor facilities are open – please see more details on this web page.
The Welsh Government is implementing a national coronavirus firebreak from 6pm on Friday 23 October until Monday 9 November.
The firebreak regulations replace the local restrictions which were in force in some parts of the country. They apply to everyone living or travelling in Wales.
Our sites and most visitor facilities remain open during this firebreak period but people are advised to stay at home and only visit sites in the local area to take exercise.
Visiting your local site safely
We have changed the normal route for some of our trails to help you maintain social distancing – please follow signs on site.
You need to wear a mask when going inside one of our buildings.
You can check-in via the NHS app when entering one of our buildings – scan the QR-code on the NHS Covid-19 poster on site.
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:
Nant Gwernol woodland lies on the edge of Abergynolwyn village.
It takes its name from a rocky river gorge with cascading waterfalls. The waymarked trails follow the riverside and explore the remains of Bryn Eglwys Slate Quarry.
Please note that all the trails start from Nant Gwernol station but you can either park in Abergynolwyn village or at Abergynolwyn station (see how to get here for more information).
All of the walking trails are waymarked and start from Nant Gwernol station.
Leaflets are available from the Tal y Lyn railway stations and the Abergynolwyn community centre/café or download our leaflet with more information about walking in Dyfi Forest.
Please take care not to stray from the paths as the old works are dangerous.
1 mile, 1.6 kilometres (one way), moderate
The Stations Link is a linear route between Nant Gwernol station and Abergynolwyn station - there is a steep climb if you start from Nant Gwernol and a steep descent from Abergynolwyn. The trail offers views of the surrounding mountains and the Allt Wyllt incline, part of the former quarry. Please be aware of trains when walking over the level crossing half way along this route.
1 mile, 1.7 kilometres, moderate
The Cascade Trail climbs uphill, closely following the tumbling river. It then crosses a wooden bridge onto the old tramway and descends steeply alongside part of the old Allt Wyllt incline back to Nant Gwernol station.
4 miles, 6.4 kilometres, strenuous
This is a fairly strenuous walk with long climbs and steep descents. Highlights include expansive views of Cader Idris, waterfalls and the ruined mine workings of Bryn Eglwys quarry.
Download more information about the Nant Gwernol Trails
Nant Gwernol woodland is on the edge of Abergynolwyn village which is on the B4405, south of Dolgellau.
It is in the county of Gwynedd.
From the A487 northbound, turn left onto the B4405 just after Corris for Abergynolwyn or Tywyn (for the Talyllyn railway).
From the A487 southbound, turn right onto the B4405 just after the Minffordd pub for Abergynolwyn or Tywyn (for the Talyllyn railway).
Nant Gwernol woodland is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map OL 23.
The OS grid reference is SH 681 067.
The three walks start from Nant Gwernol station but there is no parking at Nant Gwernol station itself.
From Tywyn you can catch a steam train on the Talyllyn Railway to Abergynolwyn village station or Nant Gwernol station.
The nearest train station is in Tywyn For details of public transport visit www.traveline.cymru
Tel: 0300 065 3000