Dolgellau to Barmouth Walk, Walks Dolgellau, Gwynedd - Wales where to go, what to see and where to stay in Wales


Marian Mawr Dolgellau Gwynedd Wales
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The Mawddach Trail is a fabulous ten-mile walk (or cycle trail) from the town of Dolgellau to the coast at Barmouth in West Wales. Starting close to Pont Fawr on the banks of the Wnion River it is an easy walk, suitable for all the family as it follows the level track bed of an old railway line. It is a beautiful trail whether you walk or cycle and the views of the Mawddach estuary are phenomenal. | There are several gates along the route which have been widened for wheelchair users, and indeed the route is flat enough for wheelchair use along the whole length of the trail. | Nature lovers will appreciate the flora and fauna along the way with tree lined avenues, salt marshes, reed beds, mud flats and the wide sweep of the Mawddach estuary as the trail approaches Barmouth. | If the full 20 mile round trip seems too daunting the shorter alternative to Penmaenpool, (approximately 5 miles round trip) might be the best choice. This has the advantage of refreshments at the half-way point at the George Pub at Penmaenpool. | The walk starts at the Marian Mawr, or the less prosaic Car Park close to the town bridge. There is no necessity for directions as the way is obvious. Follow the way markers downstream alongside the Wnion River and, once you meet the Mawddach River, keep the river on the right hand side on the outward journey and on the left hand side on the return journey. There are a number of information boards alongside the way which give excellent descriptions of the birds and wildlife to be found among the reed beds and on the wetlands and salt-marshes.
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