Dolgellau to Barmouth to On The Mawddah Trail

Dolgellau to Barmouth along The Mawddach Trail

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The Mawddach Trail is a dedicated traffic free cycle trail which runs for some 8 miles from
Dolgellau to Porthmadoc. It is maintained by the Snowdonia National Park. The cycle route runs along the disused railway line of the Ruabon to Barmouth branch line of the Great Western Railway. The surface is made of crushed gravel and dust and is not suitable for road bikes. A fairly flat route.


Starting from the public car park on Fros y Felinby the bridge over the river cycle to the rear of the car park and go to the river bank where you will find a path which takes you over the playing field and along the river bank. As you reach the end of the playing field you continue for about 50 yards where you will come to a small bridge across the river. TURN RIGHT over the bridge and when you reach the other side TURN LEFT along the cycle path which is the start of The Mawddach Trail.

You are now cycling along The Mawddach Trail which takes you all the way down the estuary to the seaside town of Barmouth. Continue to cycle along the trail and after about half a mile you cycle across a bridge which takes you back across the river.

About a mile after the bridge you come to Penmaenpool where the RSPB has an
Information Centre and they use the old signal box as an observation centre which over
looks the estuary. Continue past Penmaenpool and the trail swings out to the right and takes you to the banks of the estuary.

Continue to cycle along the trail enjoying the fantastic views across the estuary as you go. After about 5 miles the trail bends slightly away from the coast line as you pass near to the village of Arthog. Just after the village follow the trail as it bends round to the right and takes you over the railway bridge across the river mouth and when you reach the other side of the river TURN LEFT and the road takes you the short distance in to the centre of Barmouth.

Barmouth is a busy seaside town on the West Wales Coast and you will find plenty of variety of shops, cafes and pubs etc to get refreshments as well as lovely beaches.

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