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Snowdonia Walk
Mawddach Bridge and Arthog from Barmouth

Nat Park - Snowdonia - Cadair Idris

County/Area - Gwynedd

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 5.4 miles / 8.8 km    Ascent - 200 feet / 61 metres

Time - 2 hours 50 minutes    Grade - easy

Start - OS grid reference SH611158
Lat 52.721965 // Long -4.058033
Postcode LL42 1LY (approx. location only)
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Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Mawddach Bridge and Arthog from Barmouth
Photo from the walk - Mawddach Bridge and Arthog from Barmouth
Photo from the walk - Mawddach Bridge and Arthog from Barmouth
Photo from the walk - Mawddach Bridge and Arthog from Barmouth
Photo from the walk - Mawddach Bridge and Arthog from Barmouth
Photo from the walk - Mawddach Bridge and Arthog from Barmouth
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This easy Snowdonia walk offers some fine views of the Mawddach Esturay and the surrounding mountains. 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.

This easy walk offers some fine views of the Mawddach Esturay and the surrounding mountains. 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.

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.

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.

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.



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Walk 3229 A Mawddach circular from Arthog near Fairbourne - moderate - 9.0 miles/14.6 km

Walk 1193 Y Llethr & Diffwys from Dyffryn Ardudwy - mod/hard - 11.5 miles/18.7 km

Walk 1746 Bwlch y Rhiwgyr & Pont Scethin - moderate - 9.8 miles/15.9 km

Walk 1172 Cadair Idris by the Pony Path - mod/hard - 11.0 miles/17.9 km

Walk 2668 Cadair Idris, Craig Cau and Cyfrwy by the Pony Path - mod/hard - 5.3 miles/8.5 km

Walk 2570 Cadair Idris from Llanfihangel-y-pennant - mod/hard - 10.0 miles/16.3 km

Walk 2707 West of Cadair Idris - Tyrrau Mawr and Craig-y-llyn - moderate - 9.5 miles/15.4 km

Walk 1643 Abergynolwyn, Llanfihangel-y-pennant & Castell y Bere - easy/mod - 6.8 miles/11.1 km

Walk 3582 Castell y Bere & Llanfihangel-y-pennant from Abergynolwyn - easy/mod - 5.7 miles/9.3 km

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