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Coed y Gopa is a popular stretch of woodland that is located on a limestone hillside within the beautiful Vale of Clwyd. It is a beautiful place that is filled with a wide variety of plant and animal life, perfect for a long walk by yourself. The forest overlooks the little town of Abergele, and can provide you with some breath-taking views of the coast.

It is even better if you are bringing the dog. Here, dogs are welcome to run free off their leads, meaning they can enjoy the many acres of gorgeous woodland at their own pace. Take some time for yourself and make sure to explore the ruins of the Castell Cawr, a hill fort that dates back to the Iron Age. The fort is right at the top of the hill, allowing you to experience a spectacular view over the area and over Abergele itself.

Coed y Gopa is also an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) because of the large numbers of lesser horseshoe bats that live there – you should come just before the sun starts to set if you want to try and see these fascinating creatures take to the sky. 

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Location

Coed Y Gopa is located in the Vale of Clywd, close to Abergele.  There is free parking at the site. 

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