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Located within the boundaries of the gorgeous Snowdonia National Park, Gwydir Forest (also spelled Gwydyr) takes its name from the Gwydir family, who owned the castle and the estate of which this forest was a part.

The forest circles the village of Betws y Coed, covering an area of about 28 square miles. This massive area provides endless space for your dog (and you!) to roam about in unhindered. Feel free to let your canine pal (or pals) off the lead, and they can explore the woodland at their own pace.

It is a truly idyllic place, filled with plenty of lakes and rivers for them to be splashing about in. It’s not as dark and enclosed as many other forests, allowing for some fabulous views over the valleys and mountains of the National Park, which you can enjoy as the dogs run free.

The heartland of the forest has been a Forest Park for more than twenty years, making it a major attraction. Keep an eye out as you walk the dog through the woods, as a wide range of bird and animal life calls Gwydir their home – look out for buzzards, foxes, goshawks, black grouse and lesser horseshoe bats. 


Gwydir Forest can be found in the Conwy borough within the Snowdonia National Park. It is not far from Betws-y-coed and Blaenau Festiniog. There are car parks located nearby. 

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