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Round and About

Round and About

It is very difficult to do justice to the area and hopefully you will be either a returning visitor to Barmouth or you will be spending time researching the area yourself before your visit.

Here is a flavour of some of the activities which visitors to Barmouth enjoy.

You can take the train, ferry or walk to Fairbourne where there is a lovely long beach to walk along. The walk is lovely in that you walk alongside the train track over the length of Barmouth Bridge. A favourite of ours is to walk over to Fairbourne and then get the ferry back. There is a lovely little steam train that youngsters really enjoy, running back and to from Fairbourne village to the tip of the beach which is where the ferries go back and forth to Barmouth Harbour. There is also a really good Indian restaurant in Barmouth if you fancy eating out, together with a nice pub.

Another walk over the Barmouth Bridge leads to the Mawddach Trail. This is a flat walk of about 9 miles which follows the track of the old train service between Dolgellau and Fairbourne. A lovely, peaceful walk and easily done on foot or bike.

There are lots of walks in the hills behind Barmouth. You literally have to walk 30 seconds up the lane from the cottage and turn left onto a footpath to find yourself on a range of paths which can either take you up the north side of the Mawddach estuary over the mountains, or further deep into the hill range, or along the top of the hills following the coast and dipping down as and when, as you walk along. Fantastic views all the way and lots of trails and paths to follow.

The Cambrian Railway, which provides a regular train route into Barmouth, starting from Birmingham International, also provides some great opportunities for a day out without the car. You could take the train back down towards Machynlleth, stopping at any of the stations on the way. You might like to get off at Aberdovey, a lovely seaside town with a good links golf course. Alternatively, you may like to take the train north as far as Pwhelli, maybe stopping off at Portmadog or Criccieth on the way.

Nearer home but also a stop on the railway is Harlech, with its wonderful castle; the new Visitors Centre is magnificent. Also at Harlech is another famous links golf course, The Royal St David’s.

Inland, you might like to visit the slate caverns at Blaenau Festiniog, or visit Blaenau Festiniog to travel on the Welsh Highland Railway across to Portmadog, which is a steam service. There is also a steam train from Tywyn, which is near Aberdovey, going back into the hills up to Talyllyn Lake.

Both Snowdon and Cader Idris mountains are fairly close-by for a good day of proper mountain walking.

This is only a taste of all of the things that there are to do in very close proximity to Barmouth. Lots to enjoy during your stay here.


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