Barmouth Walks and the Mawddach Trail


There are several walks and cycle trails around Barmouth, indeed the hill behind Deu Ddrws holiday cottage, Dinas Oleu, is the starting point of many interesting walks on the north bank of the Mawddach River,but to my mind none can compare with the Mawddach Trail.

The Mawddach Trail is a traffic free cycle and walking trail that runs for some 10 miles along the south bank of the Mawddach River between Barmouth and Dolgellau in West Wales. The trail takes in some of the finest scenery in Wales and what’s more, considering the topography of the principality it is unusually flat! The fact that the trail runs along the track bed of the redundant Dolgellau to Barmouth Railway explains the lack of gradients on the route.

Yes it is an easy ride, suitable for all the family, indeed my wife managed the  return trip of some 20 miles and she had not sat on a bicycle saddle for 50 years.

The full return journey (Barmouth to Dolgellau and returning to Barmouth) is between 18 to 20 miles and should this sound too daunting it is worth taking this beautiful trail for the first two or three miles of the route, or simply enjoying the views of the estuary from Barmouth Bridge.

Barmouth is a compact seaside resort and our Barmouth Holiday Cottage is close to the start of the Mawddach Trail (5 to ten minutes to the Barmouth Bridge) and the Birmingham Garage, from where you can hire bicycles for the day is a similar distance from the cottage.

More Information on the Mawddach Trail >

Interactive Map of Walk from Barmouth to Dolgellau on the Mawddach Trail >