Exploring Glan Faenol
This 49-hectare (120-acre) woodland on the shore of the Menai Straits boasts spectacular views across to the majestic Plas Newydd House and Garden. The conifer plantations are slowly being replaced with local broadleaf trees, and their rich understory of flowers provides colour all year. From the observation platform and bird hide you can see a wide range of sea birds and, occasionally, seals.
Exploring the woodland at Glan Faenol
Discover the seasonal splendour on the many paths that take you through various woodlands, parkalnd and up close to the Menai Strait.
Venture into the bird hide to catcha glimpse of the foreshore and woodland birds as they go about their daily life. You might even be lucky to spot the red squirrel or some seals basking on the shores of the Menai Strait.
Biodiveristy in the plantations
You'll notice that conservation work is underway at Glan Faenol. Cinifers that were suffering from base rot are being gradually replaced with mixed species of different heights and ages, which will offer considerably higher biodiversity and oppertunities for wildlife than a monoculture conifer plantation.
Historical buildings at Glan Faenol
Glan Faenol woodland was once part of the Vaynol estate, which dates back to the Tudor period. You can still see the remains of buildings of this opulent residence.
Explore varied native woodland and ancient parkland with views of the house and gardens at Plas Newydd and the hills of Snowdonia.
Discover the peaceful woodland on the northern shores of the Menai Strait. Walk under the Britannia Bridge on paths that weave in and out of the canopy and visit the bird hide to see cormorants and wading birds.