Coed Cae Fali is an ancient semi-natural woodland situated near the village of Penrhyndeudraeth; and is part of a wider expanse of woodland in the Vale of Maentwrog. Owned by the National Trust, it is undergoing a gradual transformation, as the current bland pine plantations are being replaced by the original native oak. Ultimately, these efforts aim to return the woodland to its former glory, when it will more closely resemble the ancient forest that once covered Snowdonia.
Because of the damp Atlantic climate, the woods are a special place for their bryophyte communities, and have been classified as temperate rainforests. These humid conditions give rise to a distinctive variety of ferns, lichens, liverworts and mosses. Typical woodland birds to look out for include Redstart, Wood Warbler, Nuthatch and Pied Flycatcher. Not only does Coed Cae Fali offer a great opportunity to take a family woodland walk, but it also boasts spectacular views of the Dwyryd estuary. On the estuary it’s possible to observe Ospreys fishing, and little Egrets and Waders in action.
The network of footpaths around Coed Cae Fali conveniently links the site with other woodlands in the area. The trails running through these woods are flat and easy to follow. Plenty of free parking is available nearby, in the roadside laybys.
|Coed Cae Fali is a particularly special wildlife area as it part of the Snowdonia Centre of Excellence. This is a is a £4 million project creating and developing the best outdoor adventure opportunities the sector can offer through four key sites.
These four outdoor activity centres include Antur Stiniog downhill mountain bike trails, Coed y Brenin mountain bike centre, Glan Llyn multi activity centre and Prysor Angling at Llyn Trawsfynydd. The project is nearing completion and some exciting developments have been happening at each of the four sites. Click here
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