Dyfi Forest - Tan y Coed, near Machynlleth

What's here


Tan y Coed is an easy-to-find woodland located immediately off the A487.

It is the starting point for walking trails to a waterfall and an animal puzzle trail for children.

There is a picnic site with tables amongst huge trees in the large grassy area around the car park.

The Forestry Commission began planting the woodland after the First World War to boost Britain's timber reserve.

Planting continued through the Second World War with Land Army Girls, known as Timber Jills, carrying out the work. 

Family on bench

Walking trails

The walking trails are waymarked from start to finish.

Look out for the information panel at the start of the trails.

Find out about walking trail grades.

Animal Discovery Trail

  • Grade: Moderate
  • Distance: 1 mile/1.8 kilometres
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Trail information: Follow the red waymarkers through conifers and beautiful beech trees before dropping down to the riverside on narrow paths often less than 80cm wide in places, on an unmade, uneven surface, where you can expect mud, rocks and tree roots. There are several flights of steps and two benches and two picnic tables where you can take a break.

The cascading waterfall alone makes this walk worthwhile.

The Animal Discovery Trail leaflet gives clues to help children find the hidden animals in the woods - pick up a copy from the dispenser in the car park.

Frog on Animal Puzzle Trail

Tan y Coed Trail

  • Grade: Moderate
  • Distance: 1½ miles/2.4 kilometres
  • Time: 1.5 hours
  • Trail information: Follow the green waymarkers along a trail which zig-zags through the trees climbing the steep hillside on a narrow path less than 80cm wide in places, on unmade, uneven surface, where you can expect mud, rocks and tree roots. There are steps down to the waterfall.

Meander uphill through conifer trees and then follow the trail through more open beech and oak woodland.

Squeeze through the rock passage before descending to the waterfall and following the tumbling river back to the car park.


Accessibility information

Facilities include:

  • parking for Blue Badge holders
  • accessible toilets 

Dyfi Forest

Tan y Coed is part of Dyfi Forest which is between the towns of Dolgellau and Machynlleth.

Dyfi Forest lies in the shadow of Cadair Idris which fills the skyline to the northwest.

The woodlands cling to the steep hillsides of the Tarren and Dyfi mountain ranges cut through by the Dysynni, Dulas and Dyfi rivers heading west to the sea nearby.

The whole area was once filled with thriving slate mines, employing hundreds of people, the finished slate being moved to the coast via a system of tramways and steam trains for export. 

The forest is dotted with mining ruins and slate spoil heaps and the remaining trains now carry visitors through the countryside.

Try our walking trails for a taste of the area's history and culture and experience the cascading rivers and majestic trees.

In addition to Tan y Coed, there are walking trails in these woodlands managed by Natural Resources Wales:

National Forest for Wales

Dyfi Forest forms part of the National Forest for Wales.

The National Forest will:

  • create areas of new woodland
  • enhance existing woodlands
  • restore Wales’ irreplaceable ancient woodlands.

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.

Closures and diversions

Sometimes we need to close or divert trails for your safety whilst we undertake maintenance work or other operations.

We may have to close a site in extreme weather, such as high winds or snow and ice, due to the risk of injury to visitors or staff.

Please always follow any instructions on site and any temporary diversion signs.

How to get here


The Tan y Coed car park is sign-posted off the A487 between Dolgellau and Machynlleth, south of Corris and north of Pantperthog.

It is in the county of Gwynedd.

Ordnance Survey map

Tan y Coed is on Ordnance Survey (OS) Explorer map OL 23.

The OS grid reference is SH 755 053.

Public transport

The nearest mainline railway station is in Machynlleth.

For details of public transport visit Traveline Cymru's website


Car parking is free of charge.

Overnight parking is not permitted.

Contact details

There are no staff at this location.

Contact our customer team for general enquiries during office hours, Monday to Friday.

Related document downloads

Dyfi Forest leaflet PDF [4.6 MB]

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