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Snowdon's pastoral foothills reach down to the sea

South and west of Beddgelert lies the wooded foothills and mellow farmland known as Eifionydd. The woodlands of the Vale of Maentwrog are internationally important for their wildlife and the coastline has been sculpted into sweeping sandy or shingle bays.

Bwncan Dinas Dinlle is the remains of a hillfort, believed to be 3,000 years old. It was home to the legendary hero Lleu Llaw Gyffes. His story is to be found in the Mabinogion, the ancient Welsh mythology.

Ynys Tywyn was the source of the stone used to build the Cob at Porthmadog. Today a wooded, rocky outcrop it offers good views of Porthmadog, the Cob, the flood plain and the Snowdonia mountains. Coed Cae Fali, an ancient semi natural woodland is being returned to its former glory and offers great family woodland walks.

Because of the damp atlantic climate, the woods are special for their bryophyte communities, and have been classified as temperate rainforests. The network of footpaths links with other woodlands in the area.