Parc y Borth is a lovely Nature Reserve resting high on a hillside, towering a sheltered bay near the picturesque coastal village of Borth y Gest, located west of the Snowdonia National Park. Approximately 15 hectares in size, this reserve is set in deciduous woodland dominated by ancient Welsh Oaks and wild flower meadows, and has long been popular with walkers and ornithologists.
The reserve remains open all year round, and has an extensive network of wooded paths, which will lead you from a public footpath running alongside Tegfryn, through the woods to the top of a hill. Here, you will find spectacular views of the Cambrian coastline and Snowdonia, offering a panorama sweeping across the Glaslyn and Dwyryd estuaries, and round south to west past Harlech and Criccieth castles, and to the Llŷn Peninsula beyond. For children, there is also a way-finding course, where you can follow a series of lettered posts around the woodland to find answers to a quiz, which is available in the village shop.
In the winter, the woodland stands to attention, with rows of bare Oak trees resembling soldiers on parade, observed by comely Conifers found towards the top. The arrival of summer prompts a complete transformation, with a dense leafy canopy providing welcome shade on hot sunny days. Look out for a glimpse of the Pied Flycatcher which nests here during May, or hear the drilling of the Great Spotted Woodpecker as it hammers through bark for hidden insects in branches high above your head. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a Tawny Owl. Bats are also known patrons of this area. Notably, the neighbouring meadows boast an excellent range of wild flowers.
Access to Parc y Borth is via a public footpath, which starts by the roadside in the bay at Borth y Gest. There is nearby car park located within Borth y Gest, on Mersey Street. This pretty, unspoilt village has plenty of amenities, including a shop, Tea room, petrol station and bistro restaurant, all of which overlook the harbour.