Furnace Wood and Meadow Trail, Bodnant Garden

Walking trail

With 80 acres to explore, there's a walk for everyone at Bodnant Garden. This hillside trail through Furnace Wood and Meadow is a challenge that will take you to new heights and reward you with panoramic new vistas.

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Furnace Wood and Meadow, Bodnant Garden, walking trail


Begin this walk from the Old Mill in The Dell


Starting from the Old Mill, follow the path leading past the refreshment kiosk towards the Dell garden. Take the first right hand path uphill over a small wooden bridge which takes you up the long Douglas Path, which is lined with mature Douglas Firs. Continue to a clearing at the top.

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This route brings you to a clearing where you'll see Furnace Meadow. Looking across the river you can also spot The Poem mausoleum perched on a rocky outcrop. From here take the path which follows the boundary of the meadow, steeply uphill through many more towering conifers. As you continue uphill, views across the garden begin to emerge through the trees.

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Reaching the brow, the path flattens and you approach the Penjerrick Walk. On either side you’ll see young Penjerrick rhododendrons and other newly planted rhododendrons - come back and see them mature in years to come. A parallel path running above here runs along the very top of Furnace Hill where, if you take a short detour, you'll see the River Conwy running through the valley towards the sea.

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At the next junction your path loops and winds back down the hillside alongside Lady’s Seat. Feel free to stop and sit down here, and take in the glorious vista across the garden. From here you'll get a bird's eye view of the famous Italianate Terraces on the opposite side of the valley, built between 1904-1914.

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As you continue along the path past the Lady’s Seat take in many lovely Asian rhododendrons, magnolias and cherries in spring. Some of these are old and rare, grown from seed collected in China by planthunters of the early 1900s.

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Back at the junction of Meadow Path you may loop back and extend your walk by taking one of the other paths which criss-cross through Furnace Wood. Or you may decide to continue southwards alongside the meadow down to The Far End lake area, making your own way back through the Yew Dell and Glades (see property map). Or you can return the way you came, down the Douglas Path to the Old Mill.

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A circular route back to the Old Mill

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Furnace Wood and Meadow Trail, Bodnant Garden


Bodnant Garden spans a hillside of the Conwy Valley and terrain varies across the 80 acres. Parts of the formal upper garden closest to the garden entrance are level with gravel and grass paths and are accessible to all including wheelchair users and pushchairs; longer walks to outlying areas, such as the Furnace Wood and Meadow Walk, include sections of steeper woodland paths not suitable for those with limited mobility. 

Furnace Wood and Meadow Trail, Bodnant Garden

Contact us

Call us on 01492 650460 or find further information here on our website.

Furnace Wood and Meadow Trail, Bodnant Garden

How to get here

Bodnant Garden, Tal-y-Cafn, Colwyn Bay, Conwy, LL28 5RE
By train

Train to Llandudno Junction, 4.5 miles from Bodnant Garden, from where there is a regular bus service.

By road

From Betws-y-Coed take the A470 north, passing Llanrwst, following directions for the village of Eglwysbach and Bodnant Garden National Trust. Or from the A55, junction 19, take the A470 south, passing Glan Conwy, following directions to Eglwysbach and Bodnant Garden National Trust. 

By bus

The number 25 bus from Llandudno stops outside our gate. Please see the Arriva Wales website for bus times

Furnace Wood and Meadow Trail, Bodnant Garden

Facilities and access

  • Car parking - We have a large car park opposite the garden entrance.
  • Refreshments - You'll find indoor seating and hot and cold meals at the Pavilion and Magnolia tearooms, snacks and outdoor seating at the Dell and Far End kiosks at certain times (see our website.) There are many picnic areas around the informal garden.
  • Dog walkers - Dogs are welcome all day every day October to March and on Wednesday evenings April to September. See our website for full details.) Assistance dogs are welcome at all times.
  • Toilets - These are situated in the car park and garden centre of the upper garden (plus a disabled access toilet in the Pavilion tearoom) and near the Old Mill in the Dell.
  • Shop - Visit our National Trust shop near the garden exit.