Light shines at the end of a forest trail in Coed Y Brenin, Snowdonia

We stayed at Gelli Goch cottages near Dolgellau for an autumn getaway. The weather was pretty horrific throughout, but when there were some sunny spells, I was quick to get out and go walking.

Just across the A470 from the cottages there is a trail. It leads up through woodland, then further up through some rocky scrubland before leading into the edges of Coed Y Brenin Forest.

I’ve long practiced the art of turning around when I walk. It’s too easy to simply concentrate on what’s in front of you for photos, when you can often miss a scene unfolding behind you. This was one such occasion. I was excited follow the interesting looking trail into the forest, but turned around to see the sun breaking through and casting a gorgeous glow at the edge of the forest – made all the better by the reflections in the conveniently placed pool.

Coed Y Brenin is vast and whilst there are some gorgeous waymarked trails that can be accessed from the visitor centre, it’s always the paths less travelled that entice me. Sadly, I’m not sure I’ll ever get the chance to fully explore it.

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