Betws-y-Coed is the eastern gateway to Snowdonia National Park, which was Wales’ most popular inland resort during Victorian times and a popular spot to this day. Betws means “sanctuary in the wood” and takes its name from the 14th century St. Michael’s Church at the heart of the town. Swallow Falls located 2 miles north of town offer a number of nice quiet day walks from Betws. There are a number of forest walks close to Betws. To the northwest, Gwydyr Forest has 28 square miles of oak, beech, and fir and crisscrossed with walking paths, a great place for walking, horse riding, or mountain biking. The Penmachno Mountain Bike Trail opened in 2008 and is a 12 mile forest biking trail. Gwydir Stables is 6 miles southwest of Betws and arranges horseback forest excursions that are highly recommended.