42.48 ha (104.97 acres)

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Explorer 23
OS Landranger 124

Worth a visit for its tremendous mountain views alone, Coed Ysgubor Wen is a tranquil young wood with a patch of species-rich ancient woodland at its heart. A haven for bird watchers, the wood is home to a wealth of wildlife and is steeped in history. Follow its network of footpaths and discover incredible views and ruined buildings along the way.


  • Parking nearby
  • Public access
  • Spring flowers
  • Grassland

How to get to Coed Ysgubor Wen

Coed Ysgubor Wen, which is 42.5 hectares (105 acres) in size, is in the Dysynni Valley at the southern end of the Snowdonia National Park.

It stands in the foothills of Cadair Idris, close to Craig yr Aderyn (Birds Rock), a well-known landmark. The wood is located 6.4km (4 miles) north-east of Tywyn.

From the A493, take the turn signposted for Llanegryn. Continue through the village and carry on for about 3km (2 miles) until you pass a property called Ty'rgawen. The wood’s main entrance is a little further on, on the left. There is a lay-by near the entrance.

The nearest mainline station is at Tywyn, approximately 10.5km (6.5 miles) away. There is also a stop on the Talyllyn Railway - a heritage steam line – at Dolgoch, 6.4km (4 miles) from Coed Ysgubor Wen.

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The nearest bus stop is Llanegryn, 3km (2 miles) from the wood.

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Facilities and access

The main entrance to Coed Ysgubor Wen is at its north-east corner.

The site is steep in places, but the grazed field that is nearest to the main entrance is fairly flat. Coed Cadw (the Woodland Trust Wales) has created an extensive network of permissive footpaths which link with both the valley road and a byway that crosses the hills to the north.

There is a bridleway that links Coed Ysgubor Wen to the road, and the wood’s boundary to a permissive right of way over the hills behind, that leads to access land on the nearby Allt Lwyd. Part of the current path network follows the route of the historic Llwybr Llaeth, or Milk Path, which crosses the wood.

There is no car park at the wood but there is space for a few cars in a lay-by near the entrance.

The nearest toilets are in Bryncrug and are seasonal. There are no disabled facilities and they are 6km (3.7 miles) from the wood. Further afield at Tywyn, there are toilets with disabled facilities that are open all-year-round.

Wildlife and habitats


Coed Ysgubor Wen is a bird watcher’s paradise. Keep an eye out for the famous cormorant colony at Craif yr Aderyn or Bird’s Rock.

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Trees, plants and fungi

Since 2007, we have planted close to 40,000 native trees, including ash, sessile oak and alder. The new woodland is maturing well alongside areas of existing mature woodland.

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With a young broadleaved woodland, a pocket of ancient woodland, a conifer plantation and a small patch of improved grassland, there are plenty of habitats to discover at this wood.


About Coed Ysgubor Wen

This wood sits in the Dysynni Valley, a historic landscape with evidence of human occupation dating to prehistory.

The wood was once part of the Peniarth Ganol Estate and was then sold to the Peniarth Estate in 1703. 

Keen eyed visitors can spot signs of the past in the wood, like old hedgebanks and a few ruined buildings. You can even visit a cart shed which has been converted to a shelter for visitors.

Things to do at Ysgubor Wen


The path network within Coed Ysgubor Wen has lots of viewpoints that offer opportunities to enjoy awe-inspiring views – perfect for anyone wishing to embark on a woodland walk and take in the many sights along the way.


Coed Ysgubor Wen Management Plan

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