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More about Coed y Gopa

The wood, together with Coed Bryngwenallt to the south, provides a diversity of habitats for flora and fauna. The northern part of the site is ancient woodland, although large areas were replanted in the 1950s with beech, pine and larch, and natural regeneration has resulted in an abundance of self-sown broadleaf species.

The southern part is similar, but its plantations also feature wild cherry, Norway maple, and oak. In areas of open canopy, sunlight filters through to a rich understorey which includes hazel, yew, and rowan. Here, the woodland floor is carpeted with species such as dog's mercury, bramble and fern, with colourful seasonal displays of enchanter's nightshade, wood sage, honeysuckle and bluebell.

Dogs Mercury And Duke Of Bergundy
Duke of burgundy butterfly on dog's mercury

It’s also a great place to see the nationally scarce stinking hellebore. Where blocks of conifer prevail, the woodland floor is soft underfoot from a fragrant cushion of pine needles. The limestone caves are home to one of the country’s largest winter hibernation sites for the lesser horseshoe bat, and other bat species found here include Daubenton's bat and Natterer’s bat. The site also has a rich archaeological, mining and ecological heritage including an Iron Age fort known as Castell Cawr or ‘Giant’s Castle, which still shows evidence of its extensive ramparts and ditches. This is a wonderful place to visit with so much to see and enjoy, both within the wood and the surrounding area.

Setting

Coed y Gopa – combining the Welsh words for ‘wood’ (‘coed’) and ‘summit’ (‘copa’, mutated to Gopa) – occupies a prominent limestone hill south-west of and overlooking the town of Abergele at the north-western end of the Vale of Clwyd in North Wales. The site comprises two wooded hills – Coed y Gopa and a smaller woodland known as Coed Bryngwenallt – divided by a public bridleway.

Access and walks

Directions

By bus
The nearest bus top is on the A547 close to the junction with Tan y Gopa Road. There is then a 0.5 mile walk to the site, some of which is without pavements, with the latter section being uphill along a narrow country lane.

By train
Nearest train station: Abergele and Pensarn

Contact traveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit its website for further information.

By car
From the East: leave the A55 at junction 24 and follow the A547 through Abergele. Turn left onto Tan y Gopa Road and follow signs to the Golf Course. After the golf course, bear right past the Conwy depot. The main entrance to the wood is on your left after approximately 300 yards.

From the West: leave the A55 at junction 23 and follow the A547 toward Abergele, passing the Gwyrch estate on your right. Turn right onto Tan y Gopa Road and follow signs to the Golf Course. After the golf course, bear right past the Conwy depot. The main entrance to the wood is on your left after approximately 300 yards.

When reaching the main entrance there is a small car park which can accommodate up to six cars.

On foot
Coed y Gopa features in several circular walks promoted by the Town Council. Look out for information in Abergele car park or visit its website.

Nearest amenities

Public toilets
Water Street in Abergele town centre. The disabled facilities require a RADAR key.

For further information visit the Conwy County Borough Council.

Refreshments
There are a number of pubs, cafes and restaurants in the area, particularly in nearby Abergele which is very close to the wood. Find out more at Squaremeal or tripadvisor websites.

Accommodation and tourist information
There is a range of accommodation to be found in Abergele and a number of websites which list them. Try Stay in Wales or Wales Tourism Information.

Entry into our woods is free but please donate now to help us care for them.