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“Lovely trail for walkers or cyclists” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Mawddach Trail

The Mawddach Trail
Dolgellau to Barmouth, Snowdonia National Park, Dolgellau, Wales
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Ranked #2 of 11 Attractions in Dolgellau
Type: Trails, Outdoors
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Norwich
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“Lovely trail for walkers or cyclists”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

We hired mountain bikes from Chris at Birmingham Garage, Barmouth for a very reasonable £14 per day. It made a change for us cycling rather than walking and we certainly got to see more of this beautiful estuary, several herons and marvellous views and thoroughly enjoyed crossing the wooden bridge at the beginning. We turned back at Penmaenpool, and were glad we did the trail from Barmouth as it seemed more downhill on the way back, which we were grateful for as the rain had set in and we were rather tired, so bear this in mind if like ourselves, you rarely cycle. Yes the trail is flat, but with chunky mountain bike tyres, it is still quite hard work if you last went on a bike as a child!

Visited September 2013
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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“Nice enough, but better on a bike than walking”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

The trail is ideal for cycling as it's quite flat and well surfaced. We found that walking was a bit too slow to see sufficient different points along the path. If we went again we would cycle to try and take in more of the scenery in the time available.

Visited August 2013
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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“Very scenic”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

We rode from Dolgellau (using the free car park by the A493/A470 junction rather than the town centre car park) to Barmouth and back - headwind all the way, but easy ride back. Lots of benches for rests/picnics if needed, and riding across the bumpy wooden bridge across the estuary was fun.

One minor niggles - as others have mentioned, the gates can be difficult to use, particularly for children and those with trailers. Also be aware that on arriving at Barmouth, the trail ends at the main road with a ride down a busy hill to get to the town centre and seafront, so those with small children will need to be careful.

Visited August 2013
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“Beautiful trail”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

The scenery along this trail is stunning and suitable for walkers and cyclists. Little picnic tables dotted along the way for welcoming rest. The best thing is stopping in the George for a drink along the way.

Visited August 2013
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Rossendale, United Kingdom
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“This could be perfect.......”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This trail is fantastic for families and in our case, our disabled son in his Kangoo trailer/pram which I tow with my bike. This is a very flat trail with views that must be amongst the best in Wales. The first day we cycled from Penmaenpool to Barmouth and return the first day. (15 miles) The second day from Penmaenpool to Coed y Brenin Forest Park. (20 miles) Both days finished at the George the Third public house Penmaenpool with views and fine ales to rival anywhere. We then retired to our B&B on the North side of the toll bridge, Coed Cae. Down side is the ridiculous gates which are hard enough on a bike but with a trailer attached un-passable without a lot of messing about. There are four towards Barmouth & two towards Dolgellau. You have to fully enter an enclosed rectangle before the gate allows onward travel. A bike with a large trailer.......... Needless to say, a nightmare.

Visited September 2013
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