A short Gwynedd walk ideal for an evening stroll. The route includes crossing the Barmouth Bridge and some excellent views across the Mawddach Estuary and surrounding mountains. The walk also includes a section of the Mawddach Trail.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D)From the start walk towards the sea and follow the promenade with the sea to your right. Continue around the harbour until you reach the main A496 through the town. Turn right and continue along the main road towards the Barmouth Bridge. Cross the road and take the footpath that runs over the bridge. There used to be a toll payable but in 2015 this was no longer the case. Cross the bridge with an excellent view across the Mawddach Estuary to your left.
(1)Reaching the other side of the Mawddach Estuary look out for a stile on your left (grid ref. SH626146). Cross this stile and walk across a raised dyke towards Fegla Fawr (a large rocky outcrop). Turn left along a rough path heading back towards the estuary shoreline. Continue on this path which continues behind a row of houses. At the end of the houses, turn left and locate the continuation of the path running parallel to the estuary.
(2)At the first footpath junction (grid ref. SH633148) continue straight ahead towards another large rocky outcrop, Fegla Fach. Reaching a rough track turn sharp right and follow the footpath inland. Reaching another track, turn right. This track some becomes a proper lane which leads to a small car park beside the Mawddach Trail.
(3)Turn right along the Mawddach Trail. This is easy walking and leads you to Morfa Mawddach station. Do not cross the railway but continue ahead to reach the Barmouth Bridge. All that remains is for you to retrace your steps back to the start.(A)
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D/A : km 0 - alt. 8m - Barmouth
1 : km 2.32 - alt. 1m - Cross stile on left
2 : km 3.24 - alt. 7m - Continue straight at footpath junction
3 : km 4.27 - alt. 2m - Turn right along the Mawddach Trail
D/A : km 8.61 - alt. 8m - Barmouth
Starting from the railway station or main car park in Barmouth (grid ref. SH611158) the route crosses the Barmouth Bridge before exploring the area alongside the estuary near the village of Arthog.
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Date of walk : 23/10/16
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good
Fantastic walk over the Barmouth Bridge. A little further in terms of the circuit or an option to do so would have been better.
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