This marvelous woodland is located along the banks of the River Ogwen, situated within a stone’s throw of Bethesda’s town centre. Bryn Meurig is a wooded site of predominantly Oak (some ancient), lying contiguous to a small open parcel of land formally used in the past as a public park and tennis court. The whole site is protected by the Tree Preservation Order.
Whilst enjoying a relaxing stroll through the woodland, you may spot a range of interesting animals and plants. Bryn Meurig is home to Otters and Badgers, as well as an array of birds including Tawny Owl, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Dipper, Nuthatch, and Pied Flycatcher. Ground flora is dotted with Bluebells and the Wood Anemone.
Bryn Meurig has been subject to a variety of environmental improvement projects aiming to protect and enhance this unique site for the benefit and enjoyment of the local community. The Forestry Commission Wales, funded by the European Union and the Assembly Government, has worked in tandem with the local community to appropriately manage and transform this neglected former estate woodland.
Changes have involved creating and improving new and old paths, allowing disabled access to the wood; introducing interpretation panels; creating new open spaces and building a charming picnic area. New fences have increased safety and other advances have opened up sections of the wood, previously considered inaccessible. Development has resulted in a revitalised ‘wild place’ that encourages local people and visitors to form a stronger relationship with their local natural resource, ensuring a sustainable future for the woodland.
Access to the site can be gained from either the town’s high street, down by Bethesda Chapel, or from the other end of the footpath, which begins near Grisiau Cochion cottages. Sufficient parking facilities are available within the town centre.