Mawddach Bridge and Arthog from Barmouth

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.

Technical sheet
No. 293044
A Barmouth walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 30/09/19
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h30[?]
Distance Distance : 5.35mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 75ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 75ft
Highest point Highest point : 72ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 3ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Snowdonia
Location Location : Barmouth
Starting point Starting point : N 52.72227° / W 4.05657°
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(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 path, which runs along the edge of a wood on your 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/Cross Britain Way. 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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Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 26ft - Barmouth
1 : mi 1.44 - alt. 3ft - Cross stile on left
2 : mi 2.01 - alt. 23ft - Continue straight at footpath junction
3 : mi 2.66 - alt. 7ft - Turn right along the Mawddach Trail
D/A : mi 5.35 - alt. 26ft - Barmouth

Useful Information

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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Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.25/5
Number of opinions : 4
Description quality : 3.75/5
Routemap quality : 4/5
Walk interest : 5/5

on Mon 12 Aug 2019 15:20:18 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 12/08/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

Done the walk many times. I find the criticism of the route a bit picky..... you'd have to try very hard to get lost on this walk.

Admin hiker
on Mon 11 Mar 2019 17:16:32 CET

Hi @john113,
We are sorry to hear that and going to improve the description following your advices.
Thanks !

Aurélie - Community manager.

on Fri 08 Mar 2019 20:27:26 CET

Global average : 3 / 5

Date of walk : 08/03/19
Description quality : Very disappointing
Routemap quality : Average
Walk interest : Very good

Distances between one important location point and the next would have helped to remove uncertainty.. Better path description would help ie "Reaching another path (which runs along the edge of a wood). turn right" is better that just "Reaching another path turn right"

The section after waymark 3 is called the Mawddach trail in the description but Cross Britain Way on the map. Not clever.

on Wed 16 Jan 2019 09:10:26 CET

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 13/01/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Lovely easy walk with great views

on Mon 24 Oct 2016 09:28:49 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

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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